Mar 04, 2024  
RCC Catalog 2023-2024 
RCC Catalog 2023-2024
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GS 108 - Physical Science: Oceanography

3 Credit(s)

Prerequisite(s): MTH 60  or MTH 63  or higher-level math, or designated placement.

Corequisite(s): GS 108L  

Course Description: Presents a basic understanding of oceanic processes, and a comprehensive overview of the marine sciences.  Designed to introduce the history of marine science, surveying ocean physics, chemistry, and biology.  Presenting topics including: plate tectonics, surface current patterns, wave dynamics, tides, geologic features of the sea floor, coastlines, the life and ecology of the ocean world (marine animals and communities), marine resources, and environmental concerns.  Having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to comprehend and identify the interrelationships and workings of the physical, chemical, botanical, and zoological worlds of the water. 

Course Level: Lower Division Collegiate

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • CLO#1: Describe and explain the historical context of oceanography.
  • CLO#2: Explain the geological features of oceans, coasts, and beaches using the theory of plate tectonics.
  • CLO#3: Explain the properties of seawater using physical and chemical principles.
  • CLO#4: Explain the dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic circulation and the relationship between them. (ILO: Critical Thinking)
  • CLO#5: Explain the dynamics of ocean waves, and tides.
  • CLO#6: Explain the biology and ecology of ocean life.

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