Oceanography Laboratory

Daniel Jones Morgan

Vanderbilt University,
University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs


Laboratory section for an introductory level oceanography course.

Course Size:

Course Context:

This is the 1-credit laboratory section that is co-requisite with the 3-credit lecture for Oceanography. The laboratory sections are limited to 20 students. Most are non-science majors taking it to fulfill a science requirement.

Course Goals:

  • Gain a solid understanding of fundamental concepts in oceanographic topics
  • Be able to find and assess credible information in the scientific literature
  • Discuss and write about science in a way which demonstrates understanding and the ability to make informed and responsible decisions regarding Earth and its resources
  • Be able to debate and discuss scientific controversies using arguments based on scientific evidence

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

The motivation for this course is for you, as students, to achieve understanding of fundamental oceanographic and earth science principles. The class is organized around hands-on activities, group interactions, and mutual feedback between students and instructors.

Skills Goals

One important aim is to foster scientific literacy in students, such that they can access the primary literature and critically evaluate scientific information.

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

Active engagement in this process is the only way to achieve the learning objectives of the course.


Participation - 5%
Prelabs - 10%
Lab exercises and weekly syntheses - 50%
Midterm - 20%
Final Debate - 15%


EES 113 Oceanography Lab Syllabus