In-Depth Marine Biology – Year-long Course


    “Students have been asking me for a year-long marine biology course for years! I am thrilled to be able to offer In-Depth Marine Biology–I can’t wait to show students the parts of marine biology that people often skim over for the sake of time. This is exactly the course I wanted when I was younger!”
    ~ “Prof.” Emma Stein


    Course Full

    Jellyfish for In-Depth Marine Biology course at Athena's Advanced Academy
    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length32 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM Pacific – 8/16/22 - 5/20/23

    Do you think you know everything there is to know about marine biology? What else could there be to know? You’ve covered invertebrates, algae, and specific ecosystems…what more could there be?

    Prof. Emma has great news for you! There’s always more to learn about marine biology!

    In this year-long course, we will explore marine biology topics in greater depth. Students who have been in Prof. Emma’s courses before may recognize some of the topics covered–but during this class we will investigate them in greater detail!

    Topics will include:

    • Marine Invertebrate Phyla
    • Marine Flowering Plants
    • r- and K-selection
    • Settlement & Recruitment
    • Marine Ecosystem Maintenance
    • Marine Zonation
    • Unusual Species
    • Conservation Strategies
    • And much, much more!

    Students will complete virtual labs and read scientific papers to deepen their understanding of the material and build on their previous knowledge. Students will more fully develop their scientific inquiry skills, coming up with ideas quickly and participating in group discussions.

    This is a high school level course based on college-level material. Students should be prepared to think deeply and complete high-level assignments.

    Students who are interested in scientific illustration are invited to sign up for the companion course to In-Depth Marine Biology: Scientific Illustration for In-Depth Marine Biology, which will be offered next in 2023/24!

    For a list of scientific skills students will develop, see the What to Expect tab.

    What to expect in the classroom each week:

    • A forum to help improve student understanding and knowledge about the week’s material.
    • A laboratory activity or other activity plus a laboratory report–or a scientific paper reading assignment.
    • A short quiz to assess student understanding.

    What to expect during the webinars:

    • Webinars are 50 minutes long and are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Scientific skills students will develop:

    • Investigative-based scientific thought, including its use in laboratory exercises.
    • Researching using scientific article sources.
    • Awareness of a wide variety of marine phyla & ecosystems, including vocabulary.
    • Awareness of ecological concepts at a college levels.
    • General scientific literacy and understanding, including an understanding of current techniques and research.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to:

    • Write at a high school level or above.
    • Write several paragraphs independently.
    • Read a scientific article (with guidance from the instructor).

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • There are no required books and materials for this course—readings will be taken from the Internet.