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
- Distinguish between continental drift and plate tectonics.
- Identify divergent, convergent, and transform boundary features.
- Explain the chemical and physical properties of seawater.
- Identify the main types of marine pollution.
- Compare methods by which scientists alter seawater.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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