Instructor: Linda Khandro


Planet Earth’s ocean covers over seventy percent of its surface, yet oceanographic research has only recently come to its full potential with the advent of new technologies. This course in Introductory Oceanography emphasizes the need to understand geologic, chemical, physical, and biologic processes or features that occur in ocean environments. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advance work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned how to think critically about the ocean in an organized, logical way.

(Textbook chapters and outlines vary with different books but the content is the same)

In this course you will learn to

  1. Describe the theories of the origin of the earth, atmosphere, and ocean); describe the development of ocean knowledge and navigation from early voyages to modern times and analyze maps and charts, latitude and longitude.
  2. Describe the theory and features of plate tectonics, including the rock cycle.
  3. Identify the major features of ocean basins and ocean geography; and identify different oceanic rocks and sediment characteristics and origins.
  4. Identify the chemical and physical characteristics of sea water.
  5. Explain how Earth’s atmosphere and oceans circulate and influence each other; compare density and surface currents and identify the factors that affect each.
  6. Describe the formation and behavior of waves; explain the formation of tides and identify factors that affect the tidal cycle.
  7. Describe the general characteristics of coastlines and coastal processes.
  8. Identify factors that influence organisms and Primary Productivity in the ocean.
  9. Describe the general characteristics of life in the water (pelagic).
  10. Describe the general characteristics of life on the sea floor (benthic).
  11. Identify possible solutions to the environmental issues of the oceans.
  12. Describe and explain shoreline features to be found on beach Field Trips
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