Everything about the new FVHS marine biology course


There are many different science courses offered at Fountain Valley High School, ranging from chemistry and physics to computer science. Now, with the introduction of marine biology, students have another option of science courses to choose from.

Marine biology is a combination of the biological and nonliving aspects of the ocean and other bodies of water. Students focus on the physical sciences and geology of the ocean in the first semester, while the second semester covers the diversity of the ocean. Students will also conduct research in the second semester.

This new class covers both marine biology and provides fun experiences for students and its first and only teacher, Lisa Battig.

Battig’s love for marine life began when she was young and has grown steadily since.

“Like many young people, I fell in love with the ocean at a very young age. I especially liked dolphins and wanted to swim with them and study them in their natural environment, ”Battig said. “I started to offer field studies on communication with dolphins that I could implement around the age of 10.”

Battig’s love for marine biology began to blossom in high school with his first marine science class and teacher.

“What really cemented my love for marine science was my high school marine biology teacher, Bob Perry,” Battig said. “There were several reasons. On the one hand, he took us out into the field several times so that we could learn on the job. He was also a master scuba diving instructor and gave us the opportunity to get the certification.

Battig also had the opportunity to direct his own research into the movement of bat stars and cowry shrimp eating habits from his senior year with Perry.

That was all the encouragement and support Battig needed to earn a marine biology degree. By teaching this course Battig wants to be able to offer his students the same kind of experiences his marine biology teacher gave him.

Although marine biology has been both a generally easy to understand and fun subject for most students, it is difficult to virtually teach a science class in the laboratory.

“We’ve been a little creative in this class, either having you pick up materials or using things that you would commonly find in your own home,” Battig said. “But it obviously takes a lot more planning and a lot more ingenuity and then there’s a glaring lack of feedback because I can’t see how each student is doing.”

Battig looks forward to seeing her students this year and has many in-person opportunities planned.

“My greatest desire with this course is to ensure that all students can have first-hand experience of the topic we are discussing,” Battig said. “I wish that every student would go to the ocean and spend time in the tidal pools, and every student would dig in the sand on the beach to find clams, sand crabs and the like. This type of personal experience is what makes a class like this really meaningful.

With the start of in-person training, Battig hopes these plans will soon become a reality. She predicts that at the start of the second semester, her students will be able to collect data every week and observe plankton in local waters during class.

The marine biology students this year are also excited about the future of the class and expect good things from it, hoping to get a feel for the field and possibly pursue a career in marine biology or have some new experiences.

“[By taking marine biology], I hope to gain a better understanding of a somewhat specialized field, ”said Eric Pham. “I’ve never heard of anything like this until now, so I hope I can get a feel for what this area of ​​study is.”

Pham recommends taking this course with peers if they are interested.

“I love this class and it’s one of the few that hasn’t caused me undue undue stress,” Pham said. “The content is so interesting and the lectures are not difficult to follow at all! Also, the projects [and] the demos are really cool so that’s a huge plus.

Senior Vincent Tran, who is taking a course in marine biology, shares Pham’s sentiments and recommends taking the course as well.

“Until I lived I would recommend more students to follow [marine biology] if they’re interested, ”said Tran, who wants to become a marine biologist.

If FVHS students are interested in marine life, or just want to try something new to get out of your comfort zone, consider adding marine biology to your course requests for the 2021 school year. -2022.

To enroll in marine biology, students must have completed Algebra 1, one year of physical sciences and one year of biology with passing grades. Students can contact Battig by email at [email protected] if they have any questions about the course.

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