The oceans cover 71% of the planet and hold 97% of the earth's available water and 50% of the planet's species, but more than 95% of the ocean remains unexplored. This course covers physical, chemical, and biological oceanography. The course involves an examination of plate tectonics, ocean currents and the forces driving them, the role of the oceans in climate change, coastal processes and sea level change, biological productivity, and the ocean fishing industries. May require a weekend field trip.
Who should take this course? This course is an introductory course for the major in the Geosciences. It is an excellent introduction to ocean science for Geology, ESPE and Biology majors. No prerequisites.
This course satisfies GEN ED (SCLB) and, like all Introductory courses in the Geosciences, it has no prerequisites.
Offered: Various terms, check current catalog.