Class Introduction:

Marine Biology studies the organisms that live in the ocean, their very different body plans, and the different ecosystems in the ocean. We will have several labs throughout the semester, including some dissections.

Materials: We will use a variety of textbooks and readings throughout the semester. Textbooks will not be checked out, but students may borrow books on a short term basis.

Students will have a portfolio consisting of two folders and a science notebook. All assignments, notes and handouts will be kept in this portfolio. Students may take their folders and notebook home, but must return them. Their notebook will be graded 2 times per quarter for notes, lab write-ups, and learning logs.

Grading: Numerical grades will be based on a percentage of the total points possible. Letter grades will be based on participation as well as the students numerical standing relative to other students in the class.