Oceanography Minor

Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Minor Code: 6080 Degree Awarded: None
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Ccampus - Melbourne
Curriculum (19 credit hours)
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys oceanography including biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the ocean. Includes field trips.
  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews the internal and external processes that have shaped Earth's surface and how an understanding of these processes can be used to successfully manage modern problems of organization and mineral exploration. Successful management of environmental and geological hazards relies on an understanding of the basic principles of physical geology.
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies water structure and circulation of the world ocean and local areas by simple dynamical and descriptive models; and tides, wave motion and coastal processes.
  • OCN 3411 Physical Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide experience in the use of equipment and methods in physical oceanography.
One or more of the following:
  • OCN 3101 Biological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes relationships of biological, chemical, geological and physical aspects of the oceans to biological oceanography. Instructor advisement suggested;  lab may not be required as corequisite.
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a systematic examination of seawater and its constituent parts; problems associated with ocean chemistry; interaction of chemical parameters with other ocean studies; and an evaluation of the ocean as an environment.
  • OCN 3301 Geological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces geological oceanography; origin and evolution of ocean basins. Includes a survey of major neritic and oceanic sediment patterns and the processes that control their distribution over time and space; and paleoceanography.
Remaining credit hours from the following:
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.
  • OCN 3111 Biological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students receive field and lab experience in the use of equipment and methods in biological oceanography studies.
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide practical experience in the use of equipment and methods for measuring common chemical parameters in marine and environmental chemistry.
  • OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide experience in the use of equipment and methods relevant to geologic investigations of the ocean.
  • OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the basic properties of Earth's fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude, dimensional analysis and boundary-layer principles; applications to meteorology, oceanography and geophysics.
  • OCN 4102 Marine and Estuarine Phytoplankton
    Credit Hours: 3
    Systematic and ecological studies of marine phytoplankton; discussions of environmental parameters that affect primary production and plankton distribution; and collection, sampling, culturing methods, lab techniques and field trips.
  • OCN 4103 Marine and Estuarine Zooplankton
    Credit Hours: 3
    Systematic and ecological studies of marine zooplankton; discussions of parameters that affect secondary production; phytoplankton-zooplankton relationships, patchiness, migration and distribution; and collection, sampling, lab techniques and field trips.)
  • OCN 4104 Marine and Estuarine Benthos
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies population and community ecology of marine soft-sediment systems from shallow water and deep sea; rocky intertidal ecology; and ecology of seagrass systems.
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current activities in mitigation and restoration of coastal systems. Integrates lectures, guest speakers and field trips in a case-study format to demonstrate the process of restoration planning. Students develop a mitigation plan for a hypothetical development project.
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    A holistic approach to the study of pollution. Defines and discusses pollutants, quantities, sources and their impacts. Considers past and present waste disposal techniques and proposed alternatives.
  • OCN 4704 Remote Sensing for Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Interaction of radiation with water environments; radiative processes in the atmosphere; spectral characteristics of plankton, sediments, land and water; applications to sea surface temperature, heat flux, color, dynamic topography, surface winds and weather prediction; instrumentation and computer-assisted image analysis.

Note: All courses listed are three credit hours with the exception of lab courses, which are one credit hour.