Marine Sciences

Marine Sciences

Parkland Marine offers a number of courses with a marine focus. All Parkland students are able to select marine couirse as part of their program at Parkland. Some students will choose to participate in the Parkland Marine certificate program. Students will take courses such as:

Grade 9

Students will take Math 9 and Science 9 in a linear block. The course will be taught with a marine focus in an interdisciplinary, project-based way that will take students from the classroom into the marine environment. Students will earn Boat Pro certification and be taken on the water in power and sail boats in the Fall and Spring. There will be a variety of local field trips during the year. Students who want to spend more time learning to sail can join the Sailing Academy. Sign up for this pathway on the Course Selection sheet.

Grade 10

Students will take Science 10 in a year-long block along with another required course such as Math PE, Planning 10 or Social Studies 10. The courses will be taught with a marine focus in an interdisciplinary, project-based way that will take students from the classroom into the marine environment. Students will gain experience on the water in sail boats in the Fall and Spring. There will be a variety of local field trips during the year. Students who want to spend more time learning to sail can join the Sailing Academy. Sign up for this pathway on the Course Selection sheet.

Grade 11 and 12

Students in the senior grades can start to focus on a particular pathway. Students pursuing an academic pathway can select from the existing provincial courses, a linear Chemistry/Biology 11 course and Marine Science 12. Students interested in the trades will take courses such as Marine Restoration 11 and 12 in addition to the other elective and required courses.  

  

Marine Science 10

Students will take Science 10 as a linear class paired with Physical Education 10 and will receive credit for both courses. The courses will be taught with a marine focus in an interdisciplinary, project-based way that will take students from the classroom into the marine environment. Students will earn their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, have the option to complete their Open Water Diver Course and will gain experience on the water by learning to canoe during the PE portion of the class. There may be a cost to students who choose to participate in a variety of local field trips that occur throughout the year.

Marine Science 11 

The Marine Science 11 course will run as a year-long course and includes credit for both Biology 11 and Chemistry 11. Although the same provincial curriculum guidelines are followed for these two courses, students will have a very different experience as the whole course is taught with a marine theme.  Students successfully completing this course are able to continue to Chemistry 12, Biology 12, Geography 12, and our Marine Science 12.

Experiential lab work will include:

  • kayak trips in local waters to experience hands-on marine biology,
  • field trips to the Vancouver Aquarium and Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre,
  • freshwater and seawater analysis,
  • understanding local forests as part of marine ecosystems,
  • measurement of oxygen production in kelp forests,
  • analysis of satellite data to measure changes in ocean salinity,
  • an optional 4 day marine biology field trip to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre.

Through these kinds of local, experiential activities, students will have a better understanding of marine environments as interconnected systems and responsible ocean stewarship.


Marine Science 12:

  • Oceanography (Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Biology of the Ocean)
  • BAA course (locally developed)
  • Inquiry-Based Approach
  • Enrichment:
  • Bottle Drop Experiment
  • IOS tour
  • Open Water Diver Course/Rescue & Scientific Diver prep
  • National Resource Canada and B.C. Ministry of Environment
  • Uvic Ocean Symposium
  • Intertidal Study
Last modified: Thursday, 6 February 2014, 9:17 AM