Course Description

This introductory laboratory science course focuses on the fundamental principles of ocean science including the geography and geology of ocean basins, the chemistry of seawater, the physical dynamics of currents, waves, and tides, the biological composition of the world's oceans, and coastal processes. The relationships and interactions among these oceanic components and processes will be analyzed. Laboratory and field experiences will include the use of computer simulations, scientific data collection and interpretation, examination of in-situ coastal processes, chemical analyses of seawater and the collection of marine organisms.(Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH-021, MATH-025 or satisfacory completion of the College's foundational studies requirement in algebra)