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Course Descriptions

OCN 100 Oceanography Lecture (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC – OCN 100/100L: maximum credit, 4 units.

An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with general oceanography. Oceanography 100 lecture emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of ocean processes and focuses on global oceanographic phenomena as well as issues that affect our lives as citizens of San Diego County. Topics treated include the history and scope of oceanography, global tectonics, tsunami, ocean-atmosphere dynamics, coastal processes, waves, tides, and marine ecosystems, and the significance of the oceans to man.

The official Course Outline of Record may be viewed here.

Note: Selected sections of Oceanography 100 Lecture are taught in an on-line format.

 

 

OCN 100L Oceanography Lab (1 unit)

3 hours laboratory

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in OCN 100, or concurrent enrollment in OCN 100

Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC – OCN 100/100L: maximum credit, 4 units

Laboratory and field investigations of marine environments including geologic, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean and coastal area. Oceanography 100 Lab complements the lecture course with classroom and field activities designed to review and more fully explore lecture topics. Proximity to the coast allows us to offer numerous field trips to observe ocean processes in action. Labs include field trips to local beaches and lagoons and the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. The laboratory experience also includes an oceanographic cruise and land-based lab at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

The offical Course Outline of Record may be viewed here.

 

 

OCN 197 Oceanography Topics (.5 – 4 units)

Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC – Credit determined by UC upon review of course syllabus.

A course designed to investigate current topics within oceanography. Units awarded in topics courses are dependent upon the number of hours required of the student. Any combination of lecture, laboratory, or lecture/laboratory may be scheduled by the department.

 

 

OCN 295 Directed Study in Oceanography (1, 2, or 3 units)

Arrange 3, 6, or 9 hours laboratory with department chairperson

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in OCN 100

Transfer acceptability: CSU; UC – Credit determined by UC upon review of course syllabus.

Provides individual study in field, library, or laboratory for interested students. Past directed studies have included harbor seals in La Jolla, grunion on Oceanside beaches, technician at the marine fish hatchery in Carlsbad, and an assistantship at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.