GEOS 104
Oceanography Fall 2024
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 104 / CAOS 104

Class Details

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.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; two 75-minute lecture/discussion meetings each week; 2-hour lab every second week; one all-day field trip to the Atlantic coast of New England.
Limit: 48
Expected: 48
Class#: 1174
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: lab activities, homework, reading-comprehension quizzes, three tests
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first year and second year students, Geosciences majors, Maritime Studies concentrators
Unit Notes: This course and GEOS 110 Oceans and Society cannot both be taken for credit.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 104 Division III GEOS 104 Division III CAOS 104 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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