- Grades 5-6
Ninety-four percent of life on earth is aquatic, yet we have only explored 5 percent of Earth’s oceans. Marine ecologists aim to reduce this knowledge gap while using biology, chemistry, physics, geology, geography, and meteorology to study oceans and the hundreds of thousands of known species that live below their surface. In this field science course, you will learn the geography of ocean floors, and the physical and chemical properties of ocean water; visit local habitats to collect and test water samples and examine microscopic organisms; and explore how the slightest changes in salinity and temperature can impact entire species. You and your classmates will conduct field observations and dissections in the lab, and observe and analyze plants and animals and the adaptations that allow them to live underwater. Field experiences may include an aquarium trip, visits from marine life experts, or a boat excursion in local waters. The course ends with an analysis of human impact and how to protect marine ecosystems now and in the future.
Typical Class Size: 14
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||CTY-Level||Not required|
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Students should bring basic school supplies like pens, notebooks, and folders to their summer program. You will be notified of any additional items needed before the course begins. All other materials will be provided by CTY.
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab and field trip fee: $225
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore the world with our field science courses
Our field science courses let you explore the wonders of the world: in Marine Ecology, you’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. In our Introduction to Astronomy course, you’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse yourself in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. And in our Paleobiology course, you’ll visit dig sites, tar pits, and museums, exploring fossils, the prehistoric environments that these ancient creatures inhabited, and the ways modern life forms have evolved through the ages.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, you’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, you’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us. You’ll produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels, and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.