GEOS 104(S) Oceanography (Same as Environmental Studies 104)
This course will present an integrated introduction to the oceans. Topics covered will include formation and history of the ocean basins; ocean chemistry; oceans through time; currents, tides, and waves; oceans and climate; coastal processes and ecology; productivity in the oceans; and resources and pollution. Coastal oceanography will be investigated on an all-day field trip to the New England coast. Format: lecture /discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, two hours per week in alternate weeks/one all-day field trip. Evaluation will be based on two hour exams, lab work, participation in the field trip, and a final exam. Enrollment limit: 60 (expected: 60). Preference given to first-year students. This course satisfies "The Natural World" requirement for the Environmental Studies concentration.