2020 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 - Katlin Bowman

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  • Life in the Sea (5 credits)

  • OCEA 80A

    Session 2

    The ecology of plants and animals in oceans and coastal areas. Consideration of life in various marine habitats, including the open ocean, rocky shores, estuaries, and the sea. Includes field trips. High school biology and chemistry courses are recommended prior to taking this course. (General Education Code(s): SI.)

    Proposed Instructor - Katlin Bowman

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  • Our Changing Planet (5 credits)

  • OCEA 80B

    Session 1

    Interdisciplinary scientific perspective on Earth system, focusing on human impacts on global environment. Introduces concepts of Earth system science and explores topics such as global warming, ozone depletion, pollution, deforestation, and future climate change. Prerequisite(s): high school chemistry course recommended. (General Education Code: PE-E)

    Proposed Instructor - Matt McCarthy

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  • Fundamentals of Climate (5 credits)

  • OCEA 90

    Session 2

    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.(General Education Code(s): SR.)

    Proposed Instructor - Bruce Laughlin

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