Oct 02, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NAS 245 - Introductory Oceanography


Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): MAT 113  or placement.
This course offers an introduction to the subject of oceanography. Oceanography by nature is an interdisciplinary science that includes the physical, geological, chemical, and biological processes that operate in the oceans. These four areas are integrative in controlling marine ecosystems. This course will cover topics such as the origins and structure of planet Earth and its oceans, plate tectonics, seafloor features, chemistry of seawater, salinity, physics of the ocean and atmosphere, general ocean circulation, waves, tides, microscopic ocean life, primary production and nutrient cycles, plankton and nekton, near shore and estuarine communities, ocean regulation of past and present climate, and environmental issues our oceans face such as climate change and ocean acidification. This physical science course is appropriate for those seeking an elective to satisfy their environmental science minor or for those wishing to gain a better understanding and appreciation for ocean processes.



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