Oceanography –


(3 credits)

This course examines the linkages between the evolution of earth and water masses. Students will focus on the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the ocean processes
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction and Overview

  • Classify the chemical composition and physical properties of Earth.
  • Describe the origin of life as related to oceanography.
  • Describe modern tools and techniques used in oceanic research.

Geological Oceanography

  • Distinguish between continental drift and plate tectonics.
  • Identify divergent, convergent, and transform boundary features.

Chemical Oceanography

  • Explain the chemical and physical properties of seawater.
  • Compare methods by which scientists alter seawater.
  • Identify the main types of marine pollution.

Physical Oceanography

  • Explain how the ocean–atmosphere relationship influences weather and climate.
  • Identify the main surface and deep-ocean currents.
  • Describe the changes in waves as they approach the shore and break.

Biological Oceanography

  • Explain the unique adaptations of marine organisms.
  • Compare primary productivity in the polar, tropical, and temperate oceans.
  • Assess the effects of overfishing on an ocean environment.

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