2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook 
    Mar 31, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GEOL 0109 - Oceanography in the Filed

Credits: 3

An intensive course in Oceanography that will explore both biological and physical aspects of oceans.  Biological aspects will consist of marine biology, marine habitats, communities, resources, and environmental issues including mitigation and protection strategies.  Physical aspects include coastal depositional and erosional processes, as well as studies of waves and tides.  The course will involve a considerable amount of snorkeling to study tropical marine benthic and pelagic fauna.  In addition, student will keep a journal, which will become part of their final report and presentation.  Journal entries will require daily hikes along the shoreline for observations and survey of intertidal communities, sand budget survey, tide cycles, and wave activity.  This course will also expose students to the current state of scientific knowledge in the field of oceanography, management of natural resources, and technological and societal implications.  the class will meet for one 75-minute period per week during the semester, with the field trip constituting the remainder of class time.

Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate proficiency in swimming and snorkeling sufficient to the demands of this course.