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Geosciences (GEOSC)

GEOSC 040 (GN) The Sea Around Us (3) Introduction to marine sciences and the world ocean, including physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography.


GEOSC 040 The Sea Around Us (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The Sea Around Us introduces students to the basic workings of the ocean and is offered both Fall and Spring terms at the University Park campus. The course covers the origin of the ocean's rock-walled boundaries, the evolution of its coastlines, the motion of currents, waves and tides and their destructive power, the source and composition of seawater, and the role of the ocean in local and global climate. The majority of the Earth's surface is covered by water and thus it seems likely that the human race will become increasingly dependent on oceanic resources in the future. This course seeks to illuminate how the ocean will respond to increased anthropogenic pressure. Students are shown how such issues can be addressed through detailed understanding of the complex interplay between the physical, chemical and biological properties of the ocean. Lectures focus on fundamental principles of natural sciences as related to the ocean using extensive graphics, video clips and demonstrations. Students break up into small groups for a weekly laboratory practicum featuring team-based experiments, discussion, and simple problem sets aimed at solidifying key concepts and topics.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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