Marine Sciences

Marine Biology – Students study marine animals and ecosystems in a new facility modeled after a public aquarium and college laboratory. They learn to identify marine organisms encountered along shorelines or while snorkeling or scuba diving. Examination of marine life includes dissections, preserved specimens, models and live organisms housed in 100+ classroom aquariums. Hands-on activities include field observations, in-class labs, marine aquarium care, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and introductory scuba. Full scuba certification is possible and may be done during class time and is worth one college credit. Full certification involves course costs paid to the certifying agency and equipment such as mask, fins, and snorkel. An optional ocean ecology trip to the Bahamas and/or Florida occurs in March. Most expenses for this trip are the responsibility of the student. Several fund-raisers are available to help defray costs.

Prerequisite: GPA of 2.5 or better, C or better in Geometry or Algebra II, English, and Biology or other approved science.

Grades: 10-11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:

Year One:
BIO 225 Marine Biology I 4 credits (F)
BIO 227 Marine Biology II  4 credits (S)
BIO 922 Biology Field Experience (optional) 2 credits (S)

Year Two:
BIO 922 Biology Field Experience II (optional) 2 credits (S)


Aquarium Science – Students experience aquatic animal husbandry and aquaculture in a new facility modeled after a public aquarium. They will learn to replicate environmental conditions similar to those on a coral reef by studying the effects of lighting, water quality, and nutrition on the saltwater organisms in their care. Hands-on activities in the classroom include breeding saltwater fish i.e.: clownfish, propagating live corals and anemones on the coral farm, breeding jellyfish, and live food culture. This course prepares students for careers in marine biology, environmental science, commercial aquaculture (fish hatcheries), public aquariums, aquarium maintenance, pet industries and most environmental fields. Students in Aquarium Science are eligible to participate in an optional marine field ecology trip in the spring semester for DMACC credit. (Aquarium Science is an elective course and does not satisfy high school science credit requirements.)

Prerequisite: Aquarium Science I: GPA of 2.5 or better

Aquarium Science II: Completion of Aquarium Science I with a two semester average or 85% or higher.

Grades: 10-11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit:

Year One:
Aquarium Science I (2 block course only)
AGS 222 Aquaculture I 3 credits (F)
SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio 2 credits (S)
AGS 249 Aquaculture II 3 credits (S)
BIO 922 Biology Field Experience (optional) 2 credits (S)

Year Two:
Aquarium Science II (1 or 2 block course)
BIO 922 Biology Field Experience II (optional) 2 credits (S)