Marine Environmental Science (section 1)

Course Dates

July 2, 2018 to July 16, 2018


Two year-long high school courses in science, and completion of grades 10, 11 or 12.

Course Description

This course is a university level course, designed for advanced high school students. Marine Environmental Science explores the diversity of coastal marine habitats and ecosystems and the tools scientists use to study them, with an emphasis on topics related to human impacts and environmental health. Fieldwork will include explorations of the rocky intertidal zone, excursions to neighboring islands to observe seal and seabird colonies, and offshore trips to learn oceanographic sampling techniques and observe whale foraging grounds. Dive into marine science this summer and earn Cornell college credit.

How does BioSM 1620 section 1 differ from BioSM 1620 section 2?

  • Different instructor: Mr. Mark Johnson (section 1) / Dr. Kylla Benes (section 2)
  • Different dates: July 2 - July 16, 2018 (section 1) / July 16 - July 30, 2018 (section 2)

High school students examine specimens at the laboratory sea table.




Mr. Mark Johnson:
Mark Johnson, MES Faculty at Shoals
Mr. Johnson with sculpin fish

Ithaca High School Science Department, NY

Here's what an alumnus of Marine Environmental Science had to say:

"Mr. Johnson is engaging, approachable, clear, and passionate about marine environmental science. We had a great time on the boat with him and we definitely caught his enthusiasm for getting out into the marine environment! Our final project was not only a great opportunity to learn how to design a research project, but also a great way to spend time every day out on the island."

Course Video

Meet high school student, Alison, as she shares her Shoals experience!


Course Full

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)