Course Abstract Details

GEOSC-105, Introduction to Oceanography

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

GEOSC-105, Introduction to Oceanography, is designed to introduce students to the physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the oceans and to the methods and techniques of research in this rapidly expanding field. Laboratory exercises will provide experimental experience with research techniques and data collection, analysis, and presentation. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-097 and READ-099 with "C" grades or better. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Describe the processes involved in the development of waves and wave physics. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

2. Relate the physical conditions of the oceans in terms of salinity, temperature, density and pressure. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

3. Classify the various kinds of coastlines and relate changes that occur due to wave energy. (GE1, GE3, GE6, PG1, 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, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

5. Classify the various types of seafloor sediments and explain their formation. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

6. Compare and contrast the features and origins of continental islands, oceanic islands, and island arc systems. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

7. Understand the factors that cause ocean currents and their importance to the marine environment. (GE2, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

8. Compare phytoplankton and zooplankton and describe their importance. (GE1, GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4) 

9. Explain the tide generating forces and the conditions that produce the different types of coastal tides. (GE1, GE3, GE6, PG1, 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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