2018-2019 Catalog 
    
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GEOL 1445 - Oceanography


4 Credits (3 hrs. lec., 3 hrs. lab.) This course explores topics in physical oceanography with an emphasis on the global understanding of the interaction of oceans with the earth’s hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Laboratory exercises utilize real-time oceanographic data, and explore the current understanding of ocean floor topography, sea water chemistry, and the role the ocean-atmosphere system plays in controlling weather and climate. Students will be introduced to remote sensing technologies, modern research methods, and they will interpret marine data in both two and three dimensions. Internet based research activities help students explore and discover links between classroom discussions and life experiences. (0301035301) Prerequisite: College Level Readiness in Reading AND Writing;  MATH 0308  
Course Outcomes
1 - Identify earth’s five major ocean basins and demonstrate how they were formed.
2 - Analyze data from remote sensing and in situ technologies, and employ the research methods utilized to study oceans.
3 - Identify and classify marine sediment and sedimentary rocks, and articulate the importance of marine sediments as a record of climate change throughout geologic time.
4 - Model ocean water chemistry and circulation, and analyze the distribution of marine life in the context of the physical and chemical changes in ocean water.
5 - Synthesize data and research related to the ocean¿s absorption and transfer of solar energy, and demonstrate how ocean, land, and atmospheric interaction control both weather and climates.
6 - Identify ocean resources and the potential environmental impact associated with their extraction.
7 - Demonstrate implications of population growth, development, pollution, and climate change on both our coastlines and marine ecosystems.
8 - Prepare a public policy argument.
9 - Work effectively with others to support and accomplish a shared goal.