Course Abstract Details

GEOSC-105, Introduction to Oceanography

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

GEOSC -105, Introduction to Oceanography, explores the world ocean that covers more than 70% of the earth's surface. It looks at the biology, geology, chemistry and other physical properties of the sea. We will explore global effects of the world ocean as well as tiny oases, the deep ocean floor, to the shallows of the coastal areas. Oceanography Laboratory is a series of exercises designed to give the student experience in working with oceanographic data and techniques. Topics include determination of chemical and physical properties of sea water, investigations of biological communities, and examination of coastal and shoreline features. Prerequisites: exemption/completion of MAT-097 and READ-A-F. Three hours lecture and two hours lab each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

1. Describe the processes involved in the development of waves and wave physics. (GE1, GE3; PG2, PG3, PG4)
2. Describe the physical conditions of the oceans in terms of salinity, temperature, density and pressure. (GE1, GE3; PG2, PG3, PG4)
3. Classify the various kinds of coastlines and relate changes that occur due to wave energy. (GE1, GE3, GE6, PG2, PG3, PG4)
4. Locate and describe the major topographic features of the ocean basins, and relate their formation to the theory of plate tectonics. (GE1, GE3, GE6, PG2, PG3, PG4)
5. Classify the various types of seafloor sediments and explain their formation. (GE1, GE3; PG2, PG3, PG4)
6. Compare and contrast the features and origins of continental islands, oceanic islands, and island arc systems. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6; PG2, PG3, PG4)
7. Understand the factors that cause ocean currents and their importance to the marine environment. (GE2, GE3 PG2, PG3, PG4)
8. Compare phytoplankton and zooplankton and describe their importance. (GE1, GE3; PG2, PG3, PG4)
9. Explain the tide generating forces and the conditions that produce the different types of coastal tides. (GE1, GE3, GE6; PG2, PG3, PG4)
10. Compare and contrast the major biological components of the oceans such as; mammals, fishes, reptiles and birds. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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