Marine Science

Course Number: 430/431

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Laboratory Science area “D” requirement.

Course Description:
This course covers the physical and biological study of our oceans and seas and their inhabitants. The first semester will concentrate on the physical study of the world's oceans. Study will include the evolution of the earth and the earth's oceans, plate tectonics, bathymetry and composition of the sea floor, physical and chemical properties of seawater atmosphere and circulation, currents, waves, tides, coastal zones, and environmental concerns regarding the world's oceans. The second semester will concentrate on the study of marine life. Included in the course of study is an emphasis on the cellular organization of sea life, marine organisms, the ecological relationships that exist in the various marine habitats, marine resources, the human impact on marine environments, and the significance of the life in the sea to human survival. Both semesters will incorporate labs in the classroom as well as hands-on experiences through field trips and locally available resources. Dissections will be included.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Marine Science; 2nd Edition, 2019; Peter Castro and Michael Huber; McGraw-Hill Education ISBN #978-0-07-692818-7

Level of Difficulty:
Very Difficult


Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes


Completion of both Chemistry and Biology.
Only one semester of Biology or
Chemistry with a grade less than a B.
Successful completion of a higher level elective.