Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course is aimed at high school students. This course focuses on issues in environmental science from a marine perspective. Basic scientific research methods, equipment, and group research projects are introduced. Laboratory exercises and fieldwork include work on Appledore Island’s intertidal zone and offshore oceanographic sampling exercises.

Outcome 1: Identify by characteristics, adaptations, and scientific names 25-30 intertidal organisms that will be included in later studies;

Outcome 2: Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and adaptations of the major phyla associated with the oceans-with in depth concentration on the phyla Mammalia and Aves;

Outcome 3: Develop the ability to gather data in the field with a number of types of equipment and in a number of different setting;

Outcome 4: Perform background research, develop a hypothesis, design an experiment, collect data for 7 days and demonstrate an understanding of the results. Each student will demonstrate this understanding by giving a presentation of their work to the class and by writing a technical paper that includes the full scientific method;

Outcome 5: Develop an understanding of local microhabitats by conducting a comparative study of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the protected and then exposed sides of Appledore island. They will demonstrate this understanding by writing a field report of their comparative study;

Outcome 6: Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the human impacts associated with a marine environment. Students will be concentrating on the causes, effects, and both global and personal solutions to these issues;

Outcome 7: Develop the ability to communicate the knowledge they have gained using through public speaking and writing.


Two year-long high school courses in science and completion of grades 10, 11, or 12


No upcoming classes were found.

Previously offered classes

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:BIOSM 1620 803-FLD
Class dates:June 29-July 27, 2020
Due date:Monday July 27, 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Mode of instruction:Synchronous distance learning
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Kopp, B.
Stoehr, A.
Max. enroll:60
Notes:Plan to spend 37.5 hours in class over the duration of the course, or about 2 hrs of instruction per day on average, Mon-Fri, unless otherwise specified. You may view recorded materials any time. You may also be required to meet in groups at set times.
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

The BIOSM 1620 801-FLD section of this course has been canceled.

The BIOSM 1620 802-FLD section of this course has been canceled.