Ocean Sciences Summer Courses


    The Oceans (5 credits)

  • OCEA 1

    Session 1

    An interdisciplinary introduction to oceanography focusing on biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes. Covers topics such as origins and structure of planet Earth and its oceans, co-evolution of Earth and life, plate tectonics, liquid water and the hydrologic and hydrothermal cycles, salinity and elemental cycles, ocean circulation, primary production and nutrient cycles, plankton and nekton, life on the sea floor, near shore and estuarine communities, future environmental problems our oceans face. Students may also enroll in and receive credit for Earth Sciences 1. (General Education Code(s): SI.)

    From the professor: Students new to oceanography without specific earth science background are welcome. The Oceans is an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of oceanography. This class will take a classroom + field-based activity approach to introducing biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes of the sea. Main topics include: Ocean and Coastal Geology, Waves and Ocean Currents, Biology of Ocean and Coastal Zone pools, and Nutrient and Carbon cycles in the Sea. Lectures + weekly field trips. Enroll in lecture and associated discussion section.

    Proposed Instructor: Matt McCarthy

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  • Fundamentals of Climate (5 credits)

  • OCEA 90

    Session 1

    Quantitative introduction to climate comprising five modules: atmosphere-ocean circulation, atmospheric teleconnections, El-Nino Southern Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and global warming. Hands-on statistical methods are applied to real-world observations to develop a quantitative understanding of climate. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): SR.)

    Proposed Instructor: Bruce Laughlin 

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