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PSCI3:  OCEAN STUDIES


Course Description

Online Ocean Studies is a an introductory oceanography course provided by the American Meteorological Society to undergraduates. The course is prepared by an experienced team of oceanographers and science educators. AMS Ocean Studies is produced in cooperation with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. AMS Ocean Studies examines the world ocean from an Earth system perspective. The course emphasizes (1) the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, (2) the physical and chemical properties of seawater, (3) ocean circulation, (4) marine life and its adaptations, (5) interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (i.e., hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere), and (6) the human/ societal impacts on and response to those Earth system interactions. AMS Ocean Studies is modeled after the highly successful AMS Weather Studies course. ADVISORY: MATH 205.


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean. Measure: Weekly lab assignments; midterm and final exams
  • Explain the important interactions between the ocean and other components of the Earth system. Measure: Weekly lab assignments; midterm and final exams
  • Discuss the human/societal impacts on, and the response to, ocean-Earth system interactions. Measure: Weekly lab assignments; midterm and final exams


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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