Marine Biology

Teacher: Jennifer Stonitsch

Age of Students: 15+

Class Fee: $20

Length: 2 Semesters

Prerequisites: first semester

Class Capacity: 12

Class Description:

Recommended for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students who have taken Biology. This course can be taken BEFORE Chemistry for those students who need more time to gain Algebra skills required to master Chemistry. Topics that will be covered: Microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, physical surroundings from marine ecosystems such as inter-tidal zones, estuaries, coal reefs, and continental shelf communities.We will be using microscopes and slides as well as dissecting specimens in class to explore the amazing world of Marine Biology. Marine Biology Coloring Diagrams and exciting experiments are part of this class! Class time will be spent taking notes, completing experiments, writing lab reports, and specimen dissections.

Homework Requirements: 

Outside of class, students will be required to:

  1. Read the module
  2. Complete the On Your Own (OYO) questions
  3. Finish any lab reports not finished in class.
  4. Complete: Figure drawings, Coloring Diagrams, and study guide questions.
  5. Module Tests

Required Materials:

  • Exploring Creation with Marine Biology 1st edition textbook
  • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Marine Biology
  • Student lab notebook – simple spiral, yellow tablet, or composition book will be fine (Apologia has a student notebook journal for those who prefer less writing)
  • compound microscope (see links below)
  • Dissection Specimens (see link below)
  • Dissection tool kit and apologia slide set (see link below)
  • set of colored pencils (Prisma or Artist Grade pencils are best, but not required. Crayola are just fine.)
  • binder or folder with paper for taking class notes and to hold any homework/tests to be turned in during class


Here are some suggested links for purchasing your microscope and kits:




Students will need to meet outside of class two times. The first will be for our Science Orientation meeting held in August. Date TBA. We will perform our first experiment during this science meeting so please come with paper and pencil.

The second outside of co-op meeting will be a class field trip to an aquarium. TBD


Parents! Please be advised that students will need to be ready to start class 10 minutes before lunch period ends in order to set up their miroscopes or dissection specimens and for clean-up time after experiments have been completed.

There are some dissections involved in this course: clam, sea star, and dogfish shark. Please prepare your students who are sensitive to strong odors.