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Course Name: Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
Course Number: OCEA 10H
Course Objectives:
  • Students will be able to explain how volcanic eruptions, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, and the motion of tectonic plates are responsible for the origin and character of Earth's ocean.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of ways in which modern knowledge of the ocean was achieved through use of the scientific method.
  • Students will be able to describe how atmospheric circulation influences ocean circulation.
  • Students will be able to explain how physical and chemical factors of the ocean affect global and local weather and climate in the past, present and future.
  • Students will be able to apply scientific terms and the scientific method in analyzing ocean processes and the results of those processes.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the human impact on the ocean, especially in coastal areas and in relation to global climate change. 8. Identify and explain current developments in oceanography and their scientific significance.
  • Student will be able to interpret / apply the effect of oceanographic processes.
  • Course embedded short answer questions.
  • Students will be able to describe distinctive properties of the water molecule, and show how those properties relate to the physical and chemical properties of seawater.