Award-Winning Homeschool Marine Biology Curriculum

You can spend a year at the ocean when you choose to study a homeschool marine biology and oceanography course that teaches about marine life and ecosystems.

Apologia‘s Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, 2nd Edition, is an award-winning high school science and laboratory course for homeschool students that explores the mysteries of the oceans and the processes within them. This course is perfect for students interested in any of the disciplines within oceanography. Students will explore how a multitude of marine organisms develop, interact with one another, and adapt to their environment.

This homeschool Marine Biology course is rigorous and thorough. We recommend it as an upper-level high school course as it requires knowledge of general biology and assumes that students have previously participated in biological lab activities such as experiments, dissections, and microscopy.

A traditional high school track typically consists of biology the freshman year, chemistry during the sophomore year, physics in the junior year, and an upper-level science course such as marine biology during the senior year.

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Homeschool Friendly – Comprehensive – College Preparatory

Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, 2nd Edition, is one of the few courses available to the homeschool community that includes marine ecology.

Dive in deep and discover the patterns of ocean circulation, plate tectonics and the geology of the seafloor, as well as the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. Study the plants and animals in the marine environment that make this water world so spectacular.

Explore the amazing life forms that live on the shorelines or deep in the ocean depths as you realize how incredible the diversity of Creation can be.

    Topics covered include:

    • The Process of Life
    • Geography of the Oceans
    • Reproduction in the Sea
    • Classifying Life in the Sea
    • Kingdom Protista: The Unicellular Algae
    • Kingdom Protista: The Marine Protozoans
    • Kingdom Protista: The Multicellular Algae
    • Kingdom Monera
    • Kingdom Fungi
    • Kingdom Plantae
    • Marine Invertebrates
    • Marine Vertebrates
    • Marine Ecology
    • The Intertidal Zone
    • Estuary Communities
    • Coral Reefs
    • Continental Shelf Communities
    • The Epipelagic Zone
    • The Deep Ocean
    • Ocean Resources
    • Effects of Humans of the Sea

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    The Benefits of Studying High School Marine Biology in Your Homeschool

    When God created the Earth, He designed an astonishing ecosystem for His glory and the needs of His creatures. About 71 percent of our world is covered by water. Our oceans are not here to be a tool for politicians or social planners; they serve a very real and crucial purpose, which need to be understood.

    This homeschool marine biology course delves into the relationships between species, such as food chains, food webs, and how animals interact with their environments and each other. Students will learn why icebergs may be floating in one part of an ocean while molten lava suddenly starts flowing into another part, how the effects of El Niño in Ecuador can flood the Mississippi River basin, and what occurs when a plankton bloom begins to release toxic poison into the world around it.

    God filled this marine world with fascinating, alien, and bizarre creatures that are remarkable to study and understand. Most students have a natural captivation for the oceans and their mysterious residents. New discoveries are being made in the ocean world all the time, but our oceans are still one of the least explored areas in the solar system. We know more about the Moon than we do about ocean floors.

    When students study the complex systems of the ecology system, they begin to understand how our magnificent Creator’s creation works and how we can help protect it while being good stewards of it.

    High School Credits for the Homeschool Transcript

    Upon completion of this marine biology course, your student will satisfy a full high school science credit in either marine biology or marine science, depending on the course codes in your state. Completing at least two of the three types of labs (which include experimentation, dissection, and microscopy) qualifies marine biology as a lab course. The material in this course is rigorous enough to prepare students for college-level work. This course may be listed as an advanced course on transcripts.

    Like all the other Apologia high school science courses, marine biology is designed so that a student should be able to complete it in two semesters, spending about 45 minutes, five days a week, on the subject.

    We started homeschooling for many reasons, but I can honestly say Apologia is one of the main reasons we continued. Two of my daughters saw many of their friends and peers question creation when they went to college, even at the Christian college they attended. Our daughters thanked us for the foundation we laid through Apologia.

    Components of Apologia’s Marine Biology Course for High School

    The marine biology course consists of a student textbook, a Solutions and Test Manual, and a Student Notebook.

    The notebook is designed with a daily schedule, note taking pages (a critical skill needed for college), space to answer all study questions found in the textbook, lab report pages to help students document and master the process of writing a complete lab report, and additional materials not found in the textbook. Because biology is a prerequisite for this course, it is assumed that the student has dissection tools and access to a microscope. Students will need to purchase the marine biology prepared slide kit and the dissection specimens for this course.

    Highly recommended, yet optional, materials include the video instruction content where Sherri Seligson provides full instruction for the course and takes students on location to experience the material they are studying. The video coverage also includes every lab exercise found in the textbook. There is also an audiobook available for purchase in the Apologia online store.

    The Importance of a Student Notebook in a High School Marine Biology Curriculum

    Taking good notes while reading a high school science text can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it. Good notes provide the following advantages:

    • Students stay focused on what they are reading.
    • Students pay closer attention, which will increase their retention.
    • Students have their own version of the text to review for tests.
    • Students learn to connect new information to what they already know.

    Apologia student notebooks for our homeschool high school marine biology course are specifically designed to help students be independent and take responsibility for their science studies as they gain and maintain the personal abilities to create structure and logic through note taking.


    Apologia Student Notebooks are Strongly Linked to Their Corresponding Textbooks. They Provide Structured Space for:

    Basic Set, Advantage Set, SuperSet

    Exploring Creation with Marine Biology is available as a Basic Set, Advantage Set, or a SuperSet. Components included in each are as follows:

    • Basic Set:  Hardcover textbook and softcover Solutions and Test Manual
    • Advantage Set: Hardcover textbook, softcover Solutions and Test Manual, and spiral bound Student Notebook
    • SuperSet: Hardcover textbook, softcover Solutions and Test Manual, spiral bound Student Notebook, MP3 audiobook CD, and video instruction

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