EARTH 222 - Introductory Oceanography
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AOSS 203.
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This course explores the Earth's oceans in terms of geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography, with emphasis on understanding the oceans as an integrated system. We study the processes that form ocean basins, the forces that govern ocean circulation, the physical and chemical properties that influence the distribution of life, and the adaptation of organisms to their aquatic environment. We will also discuss the ocean's role in mitigating global change and the consequences for oceanic ecosystems and human society.

Course Requirements:

Exams and quizzes will be on Canvas. There will be 3 midterm exams one-hour long, to be taken on set days according to syllabus. There will be a final exam. Quizzes are weekly and open for a whole week. Assignments on math problems similar to ones in exams will be open in Canvas sporadically throughout the semester. There will be an optional extra-credit book report.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores.

This course welcomes entirely online participation for Fall 2020.

Class Format:

3 hours lecture weekly. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll concurrently in the EARTH 223 lab course.

Fall 2020: This class will be asynchronous -- To facilitate access and offer a flexible schedule, lectures will be recorded in advance and students can look at them online any time.

There will be weekly office hours through Zoom and the instructor will be be available to answer questions by email.


EARTH 222 - Introductory Oceanography
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001 (LEC)
Note: To enroll in the Intro Oceanography Lab, enroll in any section of EARTH 223 Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in both EARTH 222 and 223.

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