Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Intro to Oceanography

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO OCEANOGRAPHY

 Department:    OCEA&

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    400702

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

A survey of the extent and nature of the oceans including the contributions of the solid Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere to their physical structure, chemical composition, and functioning. Field trips may be required. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099 and MATH 98.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W Ocean 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of the oceans in determining the global enviroment.
  2. Understand the dynamic nature of the oceans.
  3. Be familiar with the ecology of the various zones of the ocean.
  4. Appreciate the global citizenship of each individual on an Earth whose continents are joined by a single ocean.
  5. Become comfortable with different learning styles by group activities in the classroom and on field trips.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).
8.4 Communicate mathematical information effectively.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. History of Oceanography
  3. Ocean basins
  4. Plate tectonics
  5. Origins of sea water
  6. Chemistry of sea water
  7. Waves, tides
  8. Shorelines
  9. Ecology of the oceanic zones
  10. Ocean resources