Course Descriptions

GEO 106 - Introduction to Oceanography

3 Credits

An introductory course which will survey ocean sciences. Geological, chemical, physical, and biological processes and interrelationships will be examined. Course offered fall only. Three class hours. 3 Credits.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Recognize that many scientific disciplines contribute to the study of the oceans.
2. Explain physical ocean features using the Theory of Plate Tectonics.
3. Identify physical features of the sea floor such as its topography, sediment type and distribution, or available resources.
4. Describe the properties of water, emphasizing how these properties change in presence of salt.
5. Compare and contrast oceanic circulation to atmospheric circulation.
6. Explain the physical forces that affect circulation and stratification of the ocean.
7. Analyze the forces that influence waves and tides.
8. List the environmental factors that control the distribution of the marine life in the ocean.
9. Compare factors that influence coastal environments.
10. Evaluate threats to marine or coastal environments.

Course Offered Fall only

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Spring Semester 2018
Summer Session 2018