Sarah "Sally" Zellers

University of Central Missouri


Earth Science 3115 is a lecture-based course designed to provide you with a basic understanding of ocean science, including origins of the ocean basins and continents, the operation of ocean processes such as tides, waves, currents, sedimentation, and biological and geological resources in the oceans. Periodic exercises will help students develop a more in-depth understanding of several of these processes. No prerequisites are needed.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography
Course Size:
less than 15

Course Goals:

Upon completion of this course, students should
  • Gain a basic understanding of ocean science by learning the basic concepts in oceanography
  • Understand, interpret, and describe to others physical processes that cause ocean circulation, waves, tides, distribution of marine life and physical and chemical processes affecting the world's oceans.
  • Recognize, understand, and interpret the terminology, symbols, and tools used by oceanographers.
  • Develop a foundation for responding to national and international actions related to ocean resources

Skills Goals

  • Interpret and analyze charts, graphs, maps, tables
  • Use internet resources
  • Create and interpret graphs, use generalizations based on pattern recognition

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students meet goals through exercises and lecture and are assed by examination


Through examination. Exams contain multiple choice, matching, compare and contrast and essay questions.


Zellers Oceanography Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 22kB May28 13)