Oceanography (Section 3) [CRN 29383]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: Beal
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 1 | March 11, 2018 | Mauritius
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science, which explores the physical, chemical and biological processes on earth and the interaction of those processes. The oceans influence global climate and provide important resources and services for humans. In turn, humans are having a tremendous impact on the oceans through disruption of coastlines, pollution, overuse of marine resources, global warming and other anthropogenic effects.

In this course you will learn to: a) Describe the theories of the origin of the earth, atmosphere, and oceans; b) Describe the development of ocean knowledge from early voyages to modern times; c) Describe the theory and features of plate tectonics; d) Identify the major features of ocean basins; e) Recognize different ocean sediments, their characteristics and origins; f) Identify the chemical and physical characteristics of sea water; g) Explain how Earth’s atmosphere oceans circulate and influence each other; h) Understand the formation and behavior of waves and tides; i) Describe the general characteristics of coastlines and coastal processes, oceanic winds, currents, heat fluxes, and water masses; j) Identify the factors that influence organisms and productivity in the ocean; k) Describe the general characteristics of life in the water; and l) understand the role of human interaction with oceanic processes.

Semester at Sea provides the unique opportunity to understand the function and structure of oceanic habitats and to compare the impact of humans across various cultures. Information from the text will be supplemented by case studies and first hand investigation into marine science issues.

Field Work

Country: Mauritius
Day: 1
Date: March 11, 2018