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Susan L Hautala
OCEAN 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Oceanography Lab

Provides opportunities to experiment with oceanographic concepts through laboratory and field experiences, and learn about the scientific method of inquiry as it applies to the study of geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean. Emphasizes topics that explore current challenges faced by the ocean and its ecosystem. Co-requisite: OCEAN 200. Offered: Sp.

Class description

In this course you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with the concepts presented in Ocean 200. Each week's activities are designed to highlight a fundamental question in ocean research.

Field trip: Each student will participate in a half day research cruise on the R.V. Clifford Barnes during the week of April 30.

Student learning goals

Through these activities you will learn how we develop a scientific appreciation for the world we inhabit.

At the end of this class, we hope you will be able to read lay reports of scientific studies and think critically about how the study was designed and what the results really mean.

This class will teach you to understand how we do science and will therefore give you a better appreciation of the role that science plays in your everyday life.

General method of instruction

Students will work in small groups to carry out in class lab experiments.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites but this class is designed to be taken by students also enrolled in Ocean 200.

Class assignments and grading

We will do a lab in class each week and students will hand in a report one week after the lab is completed in class.

75% Lab reports (10) 25% In class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Susan L Hautala
Date: 03/15/2012