1. Summarize the physical marine environment on Earth historically (cosmology and exploration), geologically and chemically (seawater) including how drastic changes may cause phenomena such as El Niño.|
2. Describe the biological marine environment on Earth ecologically with a focus on Coral Reef, Antarctic, Arctic and Deep-sea (including hydrothermal vents) communities.
3. Recognize the interconnected marine environment on Earth by identifying the oceans' major migrators and their adaptations to this lifestyle (Salmon, Marine Turtles, Gray Whales - a baleen whale, Killer Whales - a toothed whale, and Elephant Seals) and summarizing worldwide environmental concerns we now face in marine science as well as how people are responding to some of them through legislation and mariculture.
4. Apply the scientific method to a current situation - ask the question, create a hypothesis, gather data with experimentation and/or observation, interpret the data, and form a conclusion.
(Revised 12 March 2008)