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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GEOL 18000 - Introduction to Oceanography

Dynamic processes are responsible for the ocean’s influence on our environment and life cycles on earth. The course introduces students to the broad field of oceanography and specifically identifies areas which are of concern on both local and global scales. The origins of the oceans and life as it exists in today’s ocean will be covered. Lectures will include the sub-disciplines of biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography and concepts that relate to continental margins, ocean basins, sediments and seafloor spreading. Emphasis will be given to the interaction between the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean surface currents, deep ocean circulation, waves and tides. The coastal zone as a fragile environment will be highlighted in connection with dynamic physical and biological processes. No lab component.
3 hrs 3 cr.
Offered fall and spring.