The ocean and its inhabitants play a fundamental role in Earth's evolution and development. Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of the earth's surface and 99% of its habitable volume. This course provides a basic introduction to marine science and develops the conceptual basis needed to understand and teach how the ocean works. This course presents the student with methods and resources on how to think and teach about the early history of ocean knowledge, photosynthesis, primary production and productivity of the sea, trophic interactions and energy flow, how the winds and currents are driven and their patterns, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems. The course teaches the student and educators how to understand and teach about the ocean, its biology, mechanics, and conservation. Our understanding of the sea and what we do, or not do, at this point in history will determine the fate of this ocean planet and of humankind. It is hoped that learning about the oceans and the interrelationships with humans will make us better custodians of the sea's treasures.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Basic Biology for the Classroom
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