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OCEA& 101
Introduction to Oceanography w/Lab

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Fundamental principles of ocean science; the geography and geology of ocean basin; chemistry of sea water; physical dynamics of currents, waves, and tides; coastal processes; and the biology of diverse ecosystems. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087 or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly OCE 101, Intro to Oceanography. [NS]

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe how geology, chemistry, physics, and biology are all applied in ocean systems
  • Diagram the theory of plate tectonics and explain plate interactions using features of the Earth's surface
  • Identify common elements found in ocean water and sediments
  • Explain the properties of ocean water, such as temperature and salinity and how those can be used to explain the layered structure of the oceans, the generation of horizontal and vertical ocean currents, and the geographic distribution of marine organisms
  • Describe the relationship between energy and waves and diagram the parts of a wave (length, frequency, amplitude).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific terms and concepts associated with ocean ecology, ecosystems and the classification of marine organisms

  • Course Topics
  • History of ocean use and oceanographic investigations
  • Basic geography of ocean basins
  • Evolution of ocean basins (plate tectonics)
  • Oceanic sediment and sediment transport mechanisms
  • Ocean chemistry and physical characteristics of ocean water
  • Surface and subsurface circulation of ocean waters (currents)
  • Origin and description of waves and tides
  • Coastlines and their management
  • Marine organisms and their classification
  • Marine ecology and ecosystem description (estuaries, coral reefs, deep sea vents)
  • Pollution of the oceans and role of oceans in global climate change (environmental issues)

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    OCEA& 101
    Summer 2014
    Tamera Loveday
    OCEA& 101
    Fall 2013
    Tamera Loveday

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.