Aquatic Science

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                         Course: Aquatic Science                                      Teachers: Coach Rudd

                         E-mail:                               Phone#: 619-4000

                         Place: F124                                                          Conference: 6th period


    Course Description: In Aquatic Science, students study the interactions of biotic and abiotic components in aquatic environments, including impacts on aquatic systems. Investigations and field work in this course may emphasize fresh water or marine aspects of aquatic science depending primarily upon the natural resources available for study near the school. Students who successfully complete Aquatic Science will acquire knowledge about a variety of aquatic systems, conduct investigations and observations of aquatic environments, work collaboratively with peers, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.


    Course Content:


    Introduction to Water

    1. Safety/Introduction to Aquatic Science

    2. The Water Cycle

    3. Properties of Water

    4. Water Resources

    5. Water distribution

    6. Water Chemistry


    Fluid Dynamics

    1. Pressure

    2. Density


    4. Buoyancy


    Freshwater Aquatic Environments

    1.  Ground water (Aquifers)


    2.  Surface water (Lakes, Rivers, & Ice)


    Physical Oceanography

    1. Properties of Sea Water

    2. Comparison of Oceans

    3. Sea Floor Features

    4. Waves

    5. Tides

    6. Currents


    Marine Aquatic Ecosystems

    1.  Introduction to Ecology

    2.  Beach Morphology

    3. Rocky shore and Intertidal Communities

    4. Estuaries

    5. Coral Reefs

    6. Epipelagic Zones

    7. The Deep Sea


    Aquatic Species

    1. Biology Basics Review

    2. Micro and Macro Invertebrates

    3. Fish

    4. Marine Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

    5. Plants


    Human Impact on Aquatic Environments

    1. Resources

    2. Human Impacts

    3. Oceans and Human Affairs

    4. Types of Pollution


    5. Invasive Species



    Textbooks/Resources: Students will use a variety of sources such as textbooks, journal

    articles, internet websites and personal communications in order to acquire an in depth

    knowledge of Aquatic Science. Textbooks will not be assigned to students.



    1.) 3 ring binder

    2.) loose leaf paper

    3.) pencil and pen




        Summative  (Major Grades) 50%

     + Formative    (Daily Grades)  50%

                   Nine Week Average 100%




    Class Rules:




    1) Do NOT be late to class. Be in your seat when the bell rings or you are tardy.


    2) Be mentally and physically prepared when you are in here.


        (Give me a full 50 minutes of your attention and you will be amazed at what we can do!)


    3) Respect others, yourself, and classroom property. (Especially the AQUARIUMS!)


    4) Cell phones, mp3 players, and all other electronics are PROHIBITED in class.


    5) Obey all district and class lab safety rules.








    • Students are encouraged to complete all written and reading assignments throughout the term.  Please devote enough time to learn your material.
    • Late work is accepted according to school policy but MUST be done before the unit test.
    • Tutorials are available most days of the week by one of the Aquatic Science teachers.  A tutoring schedule will be listed on my website, posted in class, and can be scheduled in advance with me.
    • Students and parents are expected to access & check grades online through the district website on Parent Connection. 






    • Make-up assignments and notes are the responsibility of the student-notes, powerpoints, & most assignments can be downloaded from my webpage under the appropriate unit tab.
    • All assignments missed must be turned in according to district grading guidelines.
    • If a student misses a quiz, the student will take the quiz the next school day provided that no new material was covered during the absence.
    • If you miss a lab, you may be given an alternate assignment covering the same material or be required to come in during tutorials to complete the actual lab.


    Testing & Quizzes


    • If a student misses a test, the student will take the test on the next school day provided that no new material was covered during the absence.  If student was absent more than one day, the student must make arrangements with the teacher in order to make-up the test ASAP. 
    • Retests are available per district guidelines.   It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a retest time if necessary. 
    • Retests and makeup tests must be completed within a one week time period of the original test.
    • If a student fails a quiz, the student must retake the quiz on the next school day in order to keep up with the course material.




    Student Expectations:




    1) Students are expected to actively participate and engage in class discussions regarding the topic that is


        being covered. This includes the examining/dissecting of preserved and live specimens in the lab.




    2) Students are expected to act in a way that is appropriate and indicative of responsible, mature adults.




    3) It is the responsibility of the student to ask for and complete any make up work in the event of an absence.


        This may require staying after school.




    4) It is expected that all students complete their own work to the best of their ability; any form of cheating


        and/or plagiarism is strictly prohibited.


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