EARTH 222 - Introductory Oceanography
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (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:
With permission of department.
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:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


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:

Attendance is required. The course will have four in-person exams and in-class group work happening every Monday and Wednesday. Quizzes, surveys, discussions, and an optional class project will be administered through Canvas.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores.

Class Format:

In-person only. Attendance is required.


EARTH 222 - Introductory Oceanography
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
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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