University of Illinois
Introductory general science and general education survey course on oceanography. Includes treatment of geologic, chemical, physical and biological oceanography in 3 lectures per week.
Entry Level Oceanography Course Size
greater than 150
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites and does not serve as a pre-requisite for other courses. Generally freshmen and sophomores who are non-science majors but need a science general ed. credit take the course. There are no labs and typically 4 multiple choice exams. Does not normally count towards a geology major.
Survey course of geological, chemical, physical and biological oceanography using an introductory text and 3 lectures/week. Emphasis on intertwining cycles and feedbacks of water with rocks and living things.
The general goals are as follows:
- To understand the relationships between the oceans and the earth's history, climate and life evolution, especially as it applies to students living in Illinois.
- To give a sense of the depth of geologic time and the large scale processes that the earth uses to transfer heat, renew the oceans and reprocess pollution.
Typical lecture and test course with experimental use of computer mediated writing assignments.
The course design is part of the original course concept.
Multiple choice tests.
Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 103kB Mar7 08)
References and Notes:
Essentials of Oceanography, Trujillo and Thurman, Pearson