Oceanography – sci209 (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

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

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.
  • Identify the main types of marine pollution.
  • Compare methods by which scientists alter seawater.

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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