Course title

Marine Science


Biology I & II, Chemistry I & II, be a Junior or Senior

Course description

This Marine Science Course is being proposed for the 2024-2025 Course Year. Lake Havasu High School requires course approval from this body before it will consider adding it to the Course Catalog.   Below is the course description, and attached is the Syllabus and Course Outline with Wet Labs and corresponding NGSS DCI codes.  

Marine Science  - Course Description:

This Marine Science course offers high school students a comprehensive exploration of the marine environment. During this two-semester course, students will explore the fascinating and complex world of the oceans and their inhabitants. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experiences, including laboratory investigations, fieldwork, and inquiry-based activities, students will understand human activities' impact on marine ecosystems and the need for sustainable practices. Emphasizing the importance of scientific inquiry, technological exploration, and conservation, this course equips students with the skills and passion to become informed stewards of the oceans while fostering their interest in marine biology, oceanography, and conservation.

Semester 1:  focuses on building a foundational understanding of marine sciences. It covers topics such as the marine environment, tools, and techniques used in research, oceanography, marine ecosystems, and marine life. Students learn about the physical properties of the ocean, ocean currents, waves, marine biodiversity, and the threats marine ecosystems face. They also explore the use of technology in studying and conserving marine environments.

Semester 2: delves into advanced topics, including marine conservation, biotechnology, geology, and human interaction with the oceans. Students learn about conservation strategies, the application of biotechnology in marine sciences, coastal processes, marine geohazards, sustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, and maritime law. They also explore the technology used for monitoring, managing, and studying marine systems throughout the semester.

 Each Unit will include two to three lab activities. Wet labs will typically take about 1-2 hours per week to complete for hands-on activities, experiments, data collection, and reporting. The Syllabus and Course Outline are attached. 





School country

United States

School state


School city

Lake Havasu City

High school

Lake Havasu HS

School / district Address

2675 Palo Verde Blvd

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LADV
  • Advanced science
  • LBIO
  • Biology

Approved date

Online / Virtual