Oct 28, 2021
GEOL 120 - Introduction to Oceanography
Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-B1; Sustainability
Origin of ocean basins, nature of the sea floor, physical/chemical characteristics of sea water, formation of water waves, ocean currents, marine life, relationships between humans and the sea.
Credit Restrictions: Not for Environmental Sciences major credit; not for Geology major or minor credit,
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 1201.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B1 - Lower Division Physical Science, Overlay - Sustainability
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of oceanography by applying these core ideas and skills:
- Explain the interrelationships between the oceans and other Earth Systems,
- Describe the formation of seafloor features and the cycle of ocean basins,
- Analyze and evaluate scientific data to create a conclusion about oceanographic processes,
- Predict the distribution of organisms based on physical and chemical hydrographic data,
- Evaluate the interactions between humans and the ocean.
B1. Physical Science Learning Outcomes
Sustainability Overlay Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the physical sciences;
- demonstrate an understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method; and
- describe the potential limits of scientific endeavors, including the accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry.
- identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
- analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
- describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
- explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.
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