Course Length:

one-semester course

Course Description:

Oceanography provides an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about the biological, physical, and chemical properties of marine ecosystems. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the oceanography topics are explored through hands-on labs, research projects and video field trips. Oceanography encourages students to investigate both the marine world and the environmental issues that people must consider when using the oceans many resources.


Students must have a basic understanding of the Scientific Method and how scientists conduct research. Students should have some background in general biology, physics and chemistry, such as gained from a Physical Science or General Science course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  


Required Materials:

web camera, microphone

Empty 2-liter bottle with cap, ruler or tape measure, small bowl, water, 2 mugs (ceramic works best), 2 metal teaspoons, 2 plastic straws, Instant coffee, and one of the following: ketchup or soy sauce condiment packet, medicine dropper, or pen cap and modeling clay or silly putty

1 aluminum tin (pie size or larger) or rectangle metal cake pan, 2 bird feathers (can be found in craft or hobby materials), 50 mL of cooking oil (such as vegetable oil or olive oil), 10-15 hard-boiled eggs, cotton balls, paper towels, or toilet paper, paper cups, masking tape, popsicle sticks

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

In addition, this specific course requires that your computer should be equipped with a webcam and microphone of some sort. Students may be asked to record themselves for specific assignments.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Ally Reamy, Columbia Falls Public Schools, ally.reamy@montanadigitalacademy.org


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815