For several years, older students have asked Apologia to produce a marine biology course. While Dr. Wile's area of expertise is definitely not in that area, they did find someone who is a homeschooler and a marine biologist. Her name is Sherri Seligson, and she wrote a marine biology course for them in the format of their Exploring Creation With series! The course was field-tested in 2004 with more than 100 homeschool students, and it is now available for general use.
In order to take this course, students must have completed a first-year biology course, preferably Exploring Creation With Biology. This course concentrates on marine wildlife and marine habitats. It provides a survey of members of each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. The student will learn about the microscopic organisms that make the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. The student will also learn about the anatomy of many macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. The student will then learn how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. The course ends with a study of marine resources and our relationship with the sea.
The course contains many experiments, some of which require microscope equipment, while others require dissection equipment.
This kit is comprised of three pieces. The hardbound text contains all student material, on-your-own questions and solutions, laboratory exercises, and chapter study guides. The Solutions & Tests Manual, softbound, offers the answers to chapter study guides, tests, and test solutions. The third piece is the CD-ROM companion, which includes videos of some of the experiments, animations, and pronunciations of previously unknown words.
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