Undergraduate Courses
  • 205. Topics in Oceanography. (1-0). Credit 1. I, II
    Selected topics in oceanography to provide students with a broad conception of the world’s oceans; evaluation of its potential contributions to solution of problems presently confronting mankind. A nontechnical course open to all university students.

  • 251. Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II
    Overview of the ocean environment; interrelation of the subdisciplines of ocean sciences; importance of the oceans to human beings; human impact on the oceans. Honors sections are also available. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in OCNG 252 if necessary for meeting the 8 credit hour science core curriculum requirement.

  • 252. Oceanography Laboratory. (0-2). Credit 1. I, II
    Practical laboratory experiments and exercises demonstrating principles of ocean sciences. Honors sections are also available. A weekend field trip for the Honors sections only is required for which a fee is assessed. Prerequisite: OCNG 251 or concurrent registration.

  • 291. Research. Credit 1 to 4.
    Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in oceanography. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

  • 401. Interdisciplinary Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II
    Quantitative survey of interdisciplinary relationships between biological, chemical, geological/geophysical and physical aspects of the ocean. Prerequisites: CHEM 101; MATH 131; junior or senior classification; or approval of instructor. Honors section also available.

  • 410. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II
    Elements of the physics of the sea; descriptive aspects as well as cause and effect relations in respect to currents, thermal structure and waves. Intended for majors in the physical sciences or engineering. Prerequisites: MATH 308; PHYS 219; junior or senior classification.

  • 420. Introduction to Biological Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3. I
    Biological aspects of the marine environment; marine organisms; productivity of the sea; marine pollution and fouling; use of the sea. Prerequisites: BIOL 114 or OCNG 251; junior or senior classification.

  • 430. Introduction to Geological Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3.
    History of Oceanography; physiographic provinces of the oceans, their origins and sediments; geological sampling techniques and geophysical methods; coasts and beaches, paleoceanography; global tectonics. Prerequisites: OCNG 251 or 401 or GEOL 101 or 104 or GEOG 203; junior or senior classification.

  • 440. Introduction to Chemical Oceanography. (3-0). Credit 3.
    Chemical aspects of the marine environment; biogeochemical cycles of organic and inorganic constituents; primary productivity, the carbon dioxide system, nutrient cycles, stable and radioactive isotopes in the sea. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 or 104; junior or senior classification; sophomore with approval of instructor.

  • 451. Mathematical Modeling of Ocean Climate. (3-2). Credit 4. I
    Problem-based course in theoretical and computer techniques applied to mathematical solutions of ocean climate, including ocean circulation, climate variability, El Niño. Prerequisite: MATH 308 or 451.

  • 485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S
    Special reading assignments, problems and discussion on oceanographic topics of mutual interest to student and instructor. Prerequisite: OCNG 251 or 401 or approval of instructor. An honors section is also available.

  • 489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. I, II
    Selected topics in an identified area of oceanography. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: OCNG 251 or 401 or approval of instructor. An honors section is also available.

  • 491. Research. Credit 1 or more. I, II, S
    Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in oceanography. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor. An honors section is also available.
 
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