The ocean covers approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface. It is home to an incredible diversity of species from bacteria to whales. Such diversity exemplifies the variety of habitats that differ in abiotic and biotic factors, which determine the niche of each species. Thus, many species have evolved in different ways to survive in a complex environment.

The ocean provides us with food, medicine, recreation, transport, and many other resources. However, overutilization of these resources has resulted in habitat destruction and species extinction. With the threat of accelerated climate change, research and conservation efforts are as important as ever, to protect existing species.

Marine Biology is an interdisciplinary course that includes physics, chemistry, geography, ecology, and conservation. This course will examine how marine organisms live and survive in their habitats through activities, discussions, literature, projects, field trips, presentations, and reports.