Aquatic Science A Syllabus
Semester A ’17-‘18
Course Description: Aquatic Science is an upper level, yearlong science course. Students study a variety of topics that include: components of an aquatic ecosystem; relationships among aquatic habitats and ecosystems; roles of cycles within an aquatic environment; adaptations of organisms; changes within aquatic environments; geological phenomena and fluid dynamics effects; and the origin and use of water in a watershed.
Course Goals: Students will gain an overall understanding of aquatic ecosystems including saltwater and freshwater ecosystems and flora and fauna found in them. They will also learn about the geological formations that form the Earth’s oceans & rivers, and the effect these bodies of water have on weather. Students will also acquire the necessary skills, responsibilities, and knowledge to be good stewards of freshwater and marine environments. A reading of the course sequence will give a more detailed view of our course goals.
The core purpose of the NEISD science program is to develop the abilities, knowledge, and understanding of scientific concepts and processes and habits of mind that are required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.
All NEISD students engage in:
- Investigation and inquiry.
- Careful observation and thoughtful analysis.
- Balance between openness to new ideas and skepticism.
- Collaboration and communication.
- Awareness of the need for evidence.
- Sensitivity to and appreciation of the natural world.
- Understanding of the benefits and limitations of science.