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 Advisor.

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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