Prerequisite: A 100-level lab science course. (First semester/4 credits)
This lecture and laboratory course will explore the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of coastal oceans. Such topics as plate tectonics, shoreline geology, seawater chemistry, ocean circulation and sedimentology will be considered in relation to the use and management of coastal resources. Life in the oceans will be investigated, highlighting coastal marine communities, primary production and the use of living marine resources. The course will emphasize laboratory and field investigations that will take place at selected sites along the eastern seaboard of the United States. This course is offered as part of the Coastal Studies Semester.