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May 20, 2003
DH 03 TK034
Contact: Thomas Knox
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California State University, Dominguez Hills and Aquarium of the Pacific Team up To Offer Marine Biology to High School Seniors and Juniors

Students pay only $3.50 per course for Internet-based learning


Carson, Calif: In fall 2003, Aquarium of the Pacific staff will teach a live television and Internet course in Marine Biology through California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). "BIO 195, Intro to Marine Life" will be broadcast Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 4 p.m., beginning Sept. 8.

The CSUDH Young Scholars program presents college courses live via television and the Internet to high school students throughout California. The programs are broadcast on L@36 in Los Angeles, in parts of the South Bay and via the Internet. Students can earn college credits before they graduate for just $3.50 per course. "ART 100, Looking at Art," will also be broadcast this fall.

In "Introduction to Marine Life," students will learn about animals and plants that inhabit the California marine environment. In "Looking at Art," students will gain an understanding of the history, elements, style and nature of art throughout the world. ART 100 satisfies an entrance requirement to both the CSU and UC systems and a lower division general education requirement. BIO 195 can be used as a lower division elective.

"We are very excited to use the Internet to reach out to youth and teach them about Marine Biology," said Dave Bader, education specialist for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. "We hope this will stimulate more interest in our local marine environment as well as encourage others to protect it."

"These courses are not for every student," said Warren J. Ashley, Ph.D., director for the Center for Mediated Instruction and Distance Learning at CSU Dominguez Hills. "Although the course materials may be fascinating, the assignments can be very demanding," he added. "Students must concentrate while they are viewing each broadcast and take good notes," Ashley cautioned. "Students will have to be self-disciplined so they will not fall behind in their reading or in their assignments."

Students are also required to have an onsite adult to serve as a sponsor to ensure they are successful in their classes according to Ashley. "Students must identify a teacher or counselor at their school who is willing to provide vital input that is sometimes necessary for the student's success and proctor exams," Ashley said.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is a national leader in distance learning, named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 "Cyber" universities. The university has the largest distance learning program in the CSU system, and will celebrate 30 years in distance learning in 2004. CSU Dominguez Hills has received numerous awards including the "Best Distance Learning Teacher" from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, a 1999 Omni Intermedia Award, a 1999 Aegis Award and two Telly Awards.

For information on the courses and how to be a sponsor, please contact Joycelyn Jones, Ed.D., administrator for the Young Scholar Program at (310) 243-2288. You can access the CSUDH Distance Learning website by clicking on the link,

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