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EAS 1540 Introductory Oceanography

Instructor: B. Monger

(crosslisted) BIOEE 1540
(OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, KCM-EN, SBA-EN) (CU-SBY)

Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will receive credit for only one course in the following group: BIOEE 1540, BIOEE 1560, EAS 1540, EAS 1560.
Co-meets with BIOEE 1560/EAS 1560.

This class relies more on intuitive reasoning rather than complicated mathematical formulas to convey basic concepts about how the ocean works. For this reason, the class is very accessible to non-science majors. The class covers standard material about how the ocean works, but also includes current environmental threats facing the ocean such as global warming, ocean acidification, overfishing and coastal pollution. Students will gain a depth of knowledge about the ocean and global warming to enable them to speak and write confidently about contemporary public issues regarding the health of the ocean, global warming and a sustainable future. This course satisfies the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBS) requirement for students in most colleges. For students in A&S and CALS, this course counts as “in-college” credit.

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