GEOS 210
Oceanographic Processes Fall 2023 (also offered Spring 2024)
Division III
Cross-listed MAST 211
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Part of the Williams-Mystic Coastal and Ocean Studies Program, this course provides an introduction to physical, geological, chemical, and biological oceanography. Using local field sites as well as places visited on field seminars, we will investigate why the Earth has oceans, why they are salty, how they move and flow, reasons for sea level change on both long and short timescales, and how our oceans interact with the atmosphere to control global climate. We will emphasise societal interactions with the ocean, and will consider coastal processes including land loss. We will apply an environmental justice and anti-racist lens to our discussions. Field work will take place on shores in southern New England, as well as during field seminars on the Atlantic ocean, the West Coast and the Mississippi River Delta. This course is in the Oceans and Climate group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Flipped classroom will focus on active learning using data-based exercises. Mini-symposia will involve student research and discussion.
Limit: 24
Expected: 10
Class#: 1392
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: graded lab exercises, mini-symposium participation, and a research project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Unit Notes: This course is taught at our Mystic Seaport campus. Students must be enrolled in the Williams-Mystic Coastal and Ocean Studies Program.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MAST 211 Division III GEOS 210 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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