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GEOS 104
Oceanography Spring 2021
Division III
Cross-listed MAST 104 / GEOS 104 / ENVI 104

Class Details

The oceans cover about 72% of Earth’s surface, yet we know the surface of Venus better than our own ocean floors. Why is that? This integrated introduction to the oceans covers formation and history of the ocean basins; the composition and origin of seawater; currents, tides, and waves; ocean-atmosphere interactions; oceans and climate; deep-marine environments; coastal processes; productivity in the oceans; and human impacts. Coastal oceanography will be investigated on an all-day field trip, hosted by the Williams-Mystic program in Connecticut. This course is in the Oceans and Climates group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, two hours per week in alternate weeks/one all-day field trip
Limit: 48
Expected: 48
Class#: 4152
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two midterm exams, homework, lab work, participation in the field trip, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first year and second year students, Geosciences majors, Maritime Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MAST 104 Division III GEOS 104 Division III ENVI 104 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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