The oceans cover three quarters of Earth’s surface, yet oceanography as a modern science is relatively young: the first systematic explorations of the geology, biology, physics and chemistry of the oceans began in the late 19th century. This introduction to ocean science includes the creation and destruction of ocean basins with plate tectonics; the source and transport of seafloor sediments and the archive of Earth history they contain; currents, tides, and waves; photosynthesis and the transfer of energy and matter in ocean food webs; the composition and origin of seawater, and how its chemistry traces biological, physical and geological processes; oceans and climate change; and human impacts. This course is in the Oceans and Climates group for the Geosciences major.
Format: lecture/laboratory; Remote lectures, students attend a 2-hour lab every other week. Lab meetings will be a mixture of remote, and in-person/hybrid formats. If public health conditions allow, there may be a field trip.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
two midterm exams, homework, lab work, and a final exam
first year and second year students, Geosciences majors, Maritime Studies concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans