This course introduces students to marine living systems with a focus on their diversity and their presence locally. The course provides students with an appreciation for marine systems by introducing topical issues in marine science. Students will take part in classes that are hands-on and interactive using live organisms in aquaria as well as preserved specimens. Class discussions will allow students to actively relate to and learn about topical marine science issues (e.g. latest research findings or news publications). A historical coverage of marine science will also be explored during the lectures providing students with an appreciation of the field today. This course may include short field trips, during class time, to nearby shores to engage students actively.