Marine Sciences Core Courses

MARN 1002 Introduction to Oceanography and MARN 1004 Oceanography Laboratory

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MARN 1003 Introduction to Oceanography with Laboratory
Processes governing the geology, circulation, chemistry and biological productivity of the world’s oceans. Emphasis on the interactions and interrelationships of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that contribute to both the stability and the variability of the marine environment. Laboratory experiments, hands-on exercises, and field observations including required cruise on research vessel.

MARN 2801WE Marine Sciences and Society
Scientific analysis of coastal zone issues and their implications for society. Written analysis and discussion of primary literature.

MARN 3001 Foundations of Marine Sciences I
Biological, chemical, physical and geological structure and function of coastal systems; with a special focus on field observations in three important coastal habitats: beaches and rocky shores, marshes, and estuaries.

MARN 3002 Foundations of Marine Sciences II
Relationships between biological and physical processes in the ocean. Topics include spatial structure of physical properties, patterns and mechanisms of circulation, biological production, food web structure and function, recycling and export of nutrients and organic matter.

MARN 3003Q Environmental Reaction and Transport
An introduction to the chemical/biological reactions and transport dynamics of environmental systems. Mass balances, elementary fluid mechanics and the coupled dynamics of lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater and the atmosphere as biogeochemical systems.

MARN 4001 Measurement and Analysis in Coastal Ecosystems
Examination of oceanographic processes in local coastal systems; collection and analyses of samples from field trips and lab experiments; data analysis using computers.

MARN 4002 Science and the Coastal Environment
Specific cases of multiple impacts on environmental resources and coastal habitats. Current scientific understanding as a basis for sociopolitical decision-making (e.g., land-use impacts on coastal processes in relation to zoning regulation and water-quality criteria).