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Top OC 103 EXPLORING THE DEEP: GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD'S OCEANS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Introduces non-science students to the oceans, including marine geology and chemistry, ocean currents, coastal and biological processes. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top OC 199 SPECIAL TOPICS IN OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
Introduction to topics of current interest in oceanography for lower-division undergraduates. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 201 OCEANOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Plate tectonics and the geological structure of ocean basins; physical and chemical properties of seawater; Earth's energy budget; large-scale circulation of the atmosphere and ocean; marine sediment properties and transport; Earth history recorded in marine sediments; the carbon cycle in the atmosphere and sea; and the ecology of pelagic and benthic systems. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top OC 295 INTRODUCTION TO FIELD OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
One-week course taught during Spring Break at Hatfield Marine Science Center, with ten hours of preparatory meetings on the Corvallis campus. Collect oceanographic data and samples from ships and coastal marine habitats and conduct preliminary analysis of data and samples. Serves as an introduction to upper-division course work in ocean science. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. PREREQS: OC 201 [D-] or OC 332 [D-] or OC 332H [D-]

Top OC 332 COASTAL OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Physics, geology, biology and hydrology of coastal oceans. How coastal waters respond to forcing by heating, cooling, winds, tides, waves, rain, evaporation, river runoff and freezing. Geography and geology of coastlines: erosion and deposition processes, beach dynamics. Coastal equilibrium cells as sources and sinks of sediment. Rocky shore, beach, mudflat, estuarine, and coastal biotic communities; animal migrations. Law of the Sea rights and responsibilities of coastal states. Fisheries and mariculture in coastal seas. Pollution and coastal ocean resources. Using a matrix to define environmental problems; pathways that pollutants take through the coastal ecosystem. Offered annually.

Top OC 333 OCEANS, COASTS, AND PEOPLE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Contemporary issues related to human interactions with the oceans and coastal zones, including living and energy resources, geohazards and impacts of global change. Content presented in lectures, readings and group discussions, with project oral presentations. PREREQS: OC 201 is recommended.

Top OC 334 POLAR OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Explores the physical, chemical and biological oceanography of the Arctic and Antarctic and examines the impacts of man's activities both directly through resource utilization, and indirectly through climate change. Introduction to polar oceanography through a series of lectures, interactive classes, written assignments and a case study. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: OC 201 [D-]

Top OC 399 SPECIAL TOPICS IN OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 399H SPECIAL TOPICS IN OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top OC 401 RESEARCH PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Field and laboratory research in oceanography for undergraduates, resulting in a written report. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Instructor and topic approval required before registration.

Top OC 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original study that culminates in a senior thesis. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: College approval required.

Top OC 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent library research and reading in specialized topics in oceanography for undergraduates, guided by discussions in conferences with faculty. A written report may be required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Instructor and topic approval required before registration.

Top OC 407 SEMINAR (1-3)  Offered in current or future terms
Undergraduate seminar on current developments in the oceanographic research literature, with student presentations and group discussions. A written report may be required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top OC 407H SEMINAR (1-3)  Offered in current or future terms
Undergraduate seminar on current developments in the oceanographic research literature, with student presentations and group discussions. A written report may be required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top OC 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Pre-career professional experience under joint faculty and employer supervision. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits. PREREQS: 12 credits of upper-division college courses and approval required.

Top OC 430 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental principles of physical oceanography; conservation of mass, heat, momentum and vorticity; equations governing motion in the ocean; geostrophy; planetary boundary layers; wind-driven and thermohaline circulation. Descriptive oceanography; application of the fundamental principles to the ocean; examination of the major current systems; water mass analysis. Offered annually. PREREQS: One year each of college physics and college calculus.

Top OC 433 COASTAL AND ESTUARINE OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Circulation of the coastal ocean including continental shelf circulation, upwelling, coastal jets, undercurrents, coastal-trapped waves. Fundamentals of surface waves and tides; tsunamis, wind generation, breaking waves. Estuary classification and circulation patterns; shallow-water processes and beach morphology. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: One year of college physics and one year of calculus.

Top OC 434 ESTUARINE ECOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Integrated and synthetic training in the ecological processes of estuarine environments, with emphases on ecological interactions among organisms and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen. Topics include geomorphology, estuarine physics and chemistry, primary and secondary producers, ecosystem metabolism, element cycling, food webs, fisheries, restoration management, and impacts of climate. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. CROSSLISTED as FW 434/FW 534. Offered on Corvallis campus via interactive video from HMSC campus.

Top OC 440 BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An advanced examination of the ocean as an ecosystem with emphasis on the processes affecting the production and structure of oceanic communities. Starting with the physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean environment, lectures and labs examine the flow of energy and matter from primary producers through primary consumers up to higher trophic levels. Microbial and benthic processes are examined. Current topics, such as hypoxia, ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms are discussed. Lec/lab. PREREQS: OC 201 [C-] and two terms of college-level biology or instructor approval.

Top OC 450 CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Chemical properties and processes in the oceans. Composition, origin and evolution of sea water; thermodynamic and kinetic predictions for reactions in sea water; major and minor element reservoirs and fluxes; vertical and horizontal transport of materials; isotopic clocks and tracers; nutrients; chemical processes and fluxes across major marine interfaces, including estuaries, atmosphere, sediments, suspended particles and hydrothermal systems. Offered annually. PREREQS: CH 122 [D-] or CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] and One year of college-level general chemistry.

Top OC 460 GEOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Structure of ocean basins, plate tectonics and sea floor spreading, marine sedimentation, history of ocean basins, and analysis of geological and geophysical data. Offered annually. PREREQS: One year each of physics and chemistry or science background.

Top OC 499 SPECIAL TOPICS IN OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Subjects of current interest in oceanography, not covered in depth in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Varies with current topic. For upper-division undergraduates.

Top OC 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Original research work that will not be part of the data used in a thesis. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Instructor approval required.

Top OC 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Thesis research and writing. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top OC 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent reading and library research on specialized topics in oceanography, guided by discussions with supervising faculty. A written report may be required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Instructor and topic approval required before registration.

Top OC 506 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 72 credits.

Top OC 507 SEMINAR (1-3)  Offered in current or future terms
Student presentations and discussions of current research literature or personal research results. Original research presentations by visiting scientists, OSU faculty and graduate students presenting final thesis results. Other sections and specific topics by arrangement. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits.

Top OC 508 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits.

Top OC 512 BASIC MATLAB FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (2) 
MATLAB desktop environment will be introduced and basic programming and data analysis skills will be developed, with an emphasis on writing optimized routines to analyze data sets utilizing matrix algebra and vectorization of functions. Basic graphics and visualization will be covered, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphing, contouring and movies.

Top OC 515 OREGON COAST MATH CAMP (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Selected topics from differential calculus, integral calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, statistics, linear algebra and vector calculus. Two-week course taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, before fall term begins. Graded P/N. PREREQS: Differential and integral calculus and linear algebra highly recommended or consent of instructor.

Top OC 521 APPLICATIONS IN OCEAN ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Methodological underpinnings of marine ecology and biogeochemistry. Students will learn about both new and traditional methods of seawater analysis and biological rate determinations. They will evaluate methods by analyzing observations and samples, and assessing the interpretive effectiveness of approaches. Lec/lab. PREREQS: OEAS 540 [C] COREQS: OC 522, OC 523

Top OC 522 OCEAN BIOGEOCHEMICAL DYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines what keeps ocean systems in balance, and determines their response to perturbation. The course relies on connections between physical transport and biogeochemical reaction rates and energetics, taught from the perspective of key ocean biogeochemical cycles. PREREQS: Bachelor's degree in scientific field or consent of instructor. OEB students are required to also take OC 523, Ocean Ecological Dynamics, and OC 521, Applications in Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, as part of first-year Tier Two curriculum. COREQS: OC 521, OC 523

Top OC 523 OCEAN ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Major characteristics of ocean biota and ocean ecosystems. Main themes will be centered on the bioenergetics of marine systems at levels ranging from the individual to ocean biomes, and on how ocean biota facilitates diverse marine biogeochemical processes. Lec/rec.

Top OC 528 MICROPROBE ANALYSIS (3) 
Theory and application of electron microprobe analysis to problems in geology, engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology.

Top OC 533 COASTAL AND ESTUARINE OCEANOGRAPHY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Circulation of the coastal ocean including continental shelf circulation, upwelling, coastal jets, undercurrents, coastal-trapped waves. Fundamentals of surface waves and tides; tsunamis, wind generation, breaking waves; shallow-water processes and beach morphology. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: One year of college physics and one year of calculus.

Top OC 534 ESTUARINE ECOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Integrated and synthetic training in the ecological processes of estuarine environments, with emphases on ecological interactions among organisms and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen. Topics include geomorphology, estuarine physics and chemistry, primary and secondary producers, ecosystem metabolism, element cycling, food webs, fisheries, restoration management, and impacts of climate. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. CROSSLISTED as FW 434/FW 534.

Top OC 561 IGNEOUS AND TECTONIC PROCESSES IN THE OCEAN (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An integrated view of the igneous and tectonic processes responsible for the formation and evolution of the ocean basins. The course is organized by tectonic environment including ridge crest, ridge flank, ocean basins, seamounts, and active and passive margins. PREREQS: One year each physics, calculus and geology.

Top OC 562 SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES IN THE OCEAN BASINS (3) 
An integrated view of sediment processes in the ocean basins from a source to sink perspective, with a special emphasis on the interpretation of the historical record. PREREQS: OC 550 and one year each physics and calculus and geology.

Top OC 574 EARLY LIFE HISTORY OF FISHES (4) 
Overview of diversity of development patterns in fishes; emphasis on morphology, life history, and evolution. Offered alternate years. CROSSLISTED as FW 574. PREREQS: FW 315 or equivalent.

Top OC 599 SPECIAL TOPICS IN OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
Subjects of current interest in oceanography, not covered in depth in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Varies with current topic.

Top OC 601 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Original research work that will not be part of the data used in a thesis. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 36 credits. PREREQS: Instructor approval required.

Top OC 603 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Thesis research and writing. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top OC 605 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent reading and library research on specialized topics in oceanography, guided by discussions with supervising faculty. A written report may be required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Instructor and topic approval required before registration.

Top OC 606 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 84 credits.

Top OC 607 SEMINAR (1-3)  Offered in current or future terms
Student presentations and discussion of current research literature or personal research results. Original research presentations by visiting scientists, OSU faculty and graduate students presenting final thesis results. Other sections and specific topics by arrangement. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits.

Top OC 608 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits.

Top OC 630 OCEAN WAVE MECHANICS I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Linear wave boundary value problem formulation and solution, water particle kinematics, shoaling, refraction, diffraction, and reflection. Linear long wave theory with applications to tides, seiching, and storm surge. CROSSLISTED as CE 630. Lec/lab.

Top OC 631 OCEAN WAVE MECHANICS II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Second in the sequence of ocean engineering wave mechanics, covers the following topics: introduction to long wave theory, wave superposition, wave height distribution, and the wind-wave spectrum, introduction to wave forces, and basic nonlinear properties of water waves. May include additional selected topic in wave mechanics. CROSSLISTED as CE 631. PREREQS: (CE 630 [C] or OC 630 [C] )

Top OC 634 LONG WAVE MECHANICS (3) 
Theory of long waves. Depth-integrated Euler's equation and its jump conditions. Evolution equations and their solutions. Nonlinear shallow-water waves, the Korteweg-deVries equation and Boussinesq equation. Boundary-layer effects. Shallow-water waves on beaches. Applications of the fundamentals to problems of tsunamis. CROSSLISTED as CE 634. PREREQS: (OC 630 [C] and CE 631 [C] ) and OC 670 or equivalent.

Top OC 635 APPLIED MODELING OF NEARSHORE PROCESSES (4) 
An introduction to numerical modeling of the nearshore ocean, providing hands-on experience with state-of-the-art numerical models for wave propagation, nearshore circulation, planform shoreline evolution and bathymetric profile evolution. Focuses on review of model requirements, detailed study of several specific models for several domains of interest, application to coastal phenomena, interpretation of model results. Lec/lab. Offered alternate years. CROSSLISTED as CE 635.

Top OC 646 PHYSICAL/BIOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS IN THE UPPER OCEAN (4) 
Variability in physical oceanic processes in the upper ocean and relationship to spatial and temporal variations in biomass, growth rates, and other biological patterns in the organisms of ocean surface waters. The relationship between variability in ocean physical phenomena and ecosystem dynamics, including the requirements of sampling design for upper ocean ecological studies. Time and space scales of physical and biological phenomena in the upper ocean. Offered alternate years. Offered alternate years, typically fall term. PREREQS: (OEAS 530 [C] and OEAS 540 [C] ) and /or instructor approval required.

Top OC 647 MARINE MICROBIAL PROCESSES (4) 
Roles of procaryotic and eukaryotic microbes in the biological and chemical processes of the sea, with emphasis on pelagic ecosystems. Functional and taxonomic types and distribution of marine micro- organisms. Biochemical and physiological processes of major groups of microbes as these relate to geochemical cycles of biologically active elements in the sea. Heterotrophic and mixotrophic protists in pelagic foodwebs. Discussion of current experimental approaches to determining aspects of microbial activity and production. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: OC 540 [C] and two years of biology or instructor approval required.

Top OC 649 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
Special topics of current interest in biological oceanography not covered in detail in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 657 SEDIMENT BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (3) 
An overview of early diagenetic processes in marine sediments and the interdisciplinary approaches used to quantify material transformations at the seafloor. PREREQS: OC 550 is recommended.

Top OC 659 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4) 
Special topics of current interest in chemical oceanography not covered in detail by other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 660 PALEOCEANOGRAPHY (3) 
Large-scale changes in the oceanic and atmospheric system, as recorded in marine sediments, and their implications for understanding global environment changes. Chemical, physical, and biological proxies for oceanic and atmospheric processes in the geologic record period. Evidence for changing global climate at time scales longer than the historical record; the oceanic history of the Late-Cenozoic ice ages, long term evolution of climate change patterns, catastrophic global environmental events, and application of quantitative models to the past. Current research topics in paleoceanography. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: OC 560 or instructor approval required.

Top OC 662 NEARSHORE HYDRODYNAMICS (3) 
Briefly reviews wave processes in the nearshore, and concentrates on the wave-averaged circulation with an eye towards it potential effects on bathymetric change. PREREQS: Approach will often be quantitative; previous courses related to water wave mechanics and differential equations is recommended.

Top OC 664 NEARSHORE SEDIMENT TRANSPORT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
To study the dynamics of a nearshore wave field propagating over a shoaling bathymetry, the response of sediments and morphology to those motions, emergent morphology due to the coupled system, anthropogenic influences and mitigation. PREREQS: General physics, integral and differential calculus; nearshore hydrodynamics.

Top OC 665 APPLIED GEOSTATISTICS (4) 
Spatial and stratigraphic characteristics of geologic data; geologic data bases; application of matrix theory to the solution of geologic problems; descriptive models, predictive models, spatial models, and stratigraphic and time-series models. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: One year of statistics and one year of computer science.

Top OC 666 ISOTOPIC MARINE GEOCHEMISTRY (3) 
Radiogenic and light stable isotopes and application to composition and evolution of the suboceanic mantle, petrogenesis of the oceanic crust, sediment provenance and sedimentary processes, geochronology, seawater chemical dynamics and paleoclimatology. Offered alternate years.

Top OC 668 THEORETICAL PETROLOGY (3) 
Theoretical aspects of igneous petrology in marine petrochemical processes. Igneous and metamorphic geology; hydrothermal solutions. Principles of energy, enthalpy, entropy. Equilibrium processes of melting, crystallization, mineral chemistry, geothermometers, geobarometers. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: Petrology.

Top OC 669 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Subjects of current interest in geological oceanography not covered in depth in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 670 FLUID DYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamentals of fluid dynamics: conservation laws of mass, momentum, and energy; inviscid and viscous flows; boundary layers; vorticity dynamics; irrotational and potential flow. Offered annually. PREREQS: One year of college physics; mathematics through differential equations and vector calculus.

Top OC 671 GEOPHYSICAL FLUID DYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Dynamics of rotating and stratified fluids, potential vorticity, geostrophic motion; inviscid shallow-water theory, Poincare, Kelvin, and Rossby waves; geostrophic adjustment, quasigeostrophic approximation, Ekman layers, two-layer and continuously stratified models. Offered annually. PREREQS: OC 670 [C]

Top OC 672 THEORY OF OCEAN CIRCULATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theory of steady and time-dependent large-scale circulation in ocean basins. Effects of earth's curvature: the beta-plane approximation. The wind-driven Sverdrup circulation, western boundary currents, eastern boundary upwelling; the effects of friction. Linear theory and nonlinear theory; inertial gyres. Effects of buoyancy forcing; heating, cooling, evaporation, precipitation; density stratification. Wind- and buoyancy-forced circulation in the thermocline; ventilation. Potential vorticity conservation and homogenization. Offered annually. PREREQS: (OC 670 [C] and OC 671 [C] )

Top OC 673 DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental mass, force, and energy balances of the ocean; geostrophy; planetary boundary layers; wind-driven and thermohaline circulation; vorticity; air-sea fluxes of heat, salt, moisture and momentum. Application of these balances through descriptive examination of the ocean-global heat budget; surface current systems; abyssal circulation. Study of variability on a variety of time and space scales. Instrumentation and platforms used for observing the ocean. Offered annually. PREREQS: (OC 530 [C] or OC 670 [C] or ATS 515 [C] )

Top OC 674 TURBULENCE (4) 
Governing equations, turbulent kinetic energy, vorticity dynamics; turbulent transports of mass and momentum; statistical description of turbulent flows, spectral dynamics; turbulent boundary layers, planetary boundary layers in the atmosphere and ocean, convective mixed layers, stable boundary layers; deep ocean turbulence. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: OC 670 [C]

Top OC 675 NUMERICAL MODELING IN OCEAN CIRCULATION (4) 
Review of theoretical models of ocean circulation, including shallow water, barotropic, quasigeostrophic, and primitive equation models; adjustment times, internal length and time scales; the role of advection, bathymetry, and coastlines; global models, basin models, regional models and models of jets, eddies and boundary currents. Review of numerical techniques and problems specific to ocean modeling. Local facilities are used to develop models on remote supercomputers. PREREQS: OC 670 [C] and /or equivalent and a working knowledge of FORTRAN.

Top OC 676 INVERSE MODELING AND DATA ASSIMILATION (4) 
Survey of methods for combining oceanographic observations and observing systems with numerical models of ocean circulation. Topics include: finite-dimensional least squares theory with inequality constraints; optimal interpolation; the representation theory of smoothing; the Kalman smoother and filter; gradient descent methods for minimization; spatial and temporal regularity of filters and smoothers; linear theory of array design; nonlinear optimization, practical assimilation methods. PREREQS: Strong background in linear algebra and advanced calculus, geophysical fluid dynamics, numerical modeling of ocean circulation.

Top OC 678 OCEAN REMOTE SENSING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theory and applications of satellite remote sensing observations of the ocean with emphasis on strengths and limitations in the measurements. Topics include review of electricity and magnetism, absorption and scattering in the atmosphere (radiative transfer), satellite orbital mechanics, measurements of ocean color, infrared remote sensing, microwave radiometry, scatterometry, and satellite altimetry. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: MTH 252 and PH 212

Top OC 679 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Subjects of current interest in physical oceanography, not covered in depth in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top OC 680 STABILITY OF GEOPHYSICAL FLUID FLOWS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Linear perturbation analysis applied to geophysical flows. These methods provide both quantitative and conceptual insight into the formative stages of turbulent flow. Emphasis is on practical numerical methods for the solution of differential eigenvalue problems. Examples are drawn from a wide range of geophysical flow instabilities, based in part upon student interests. PREREQS: OC 670 [C] and COREQ: OC 670 and multivariate calculus, matrix calculus, Matlab.

Top OC 681 GEOPHYSICAL WAVES (4) 
Fundamentals of wave dynamics applied to geophysical fluids. Hyperbolic waves--linear and nonlinear; characteristics; shock waves. Dispersive waves--linear waves, dispersion relations, group velocity; isotropic and anisotropic dispersion; nonlinear solitary waves. Application to geophysical waves--surface gravity, capillary, internal gravity, Kelvin, planetary, coastal. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: OC 670 [C]

Top OC 682 DATA ANALYSIS IN THE TIME AND SPACE DOMAINS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theory of classical and modern techniques for analysis of data in the time and space domains with applications to real oceanographic and atmospheric data. Topics include correlation analysis, regression analysis, EOF analysis, objective mapping, interpolation, filtering, sampling errors, and confidence tests. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: MTH 341 and MTH 342 and MTH 418 and OC 608 and ST 314 and a working knowledge of Matlab, IDL, or FORTRAN, or consent of instructor.

Top OC 683 DATA ANALYSIS IN THE FREQUENCY AND WAVE NUMBER DOMAINS (4) 
Theory of classical and modern techniques for analysis of data in the frequency and wavenumber domains with applications to real oceanographic and atmospheric data. Topics include sampling theory, one-dimensional autospectral analysis, multidimensional autospectral analysis, coherence and phase analysis, bi-spectral analysis, wavelet analysis, and confidence tests. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: MTH 341 and MTH 342 and MTH 418 and OC 608 and ST 314 and a working knowledge of Matlab, IDL, or FORTRAN, or consent of instructor.

Top OC 691 PROPOSAL WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Teaches the use of NSF Fastlane. Includes a discussion of ethics and fairness in reviewing, a review of real proposals by faculty, a simulated NSF funding panel, and then development of a real proposal, for review purposes. This will relate directly to the student's current thesis or project. The course enables graduate students from all disciplines to develop rigorous, well thought-out proposals. It should be taken early enough in the program so that the proposal process contributes to their research progress.

Top OC 808 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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