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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) 
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) 
Subjects of current interest in oceanography, not covered in depth in other courses. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. GradedP/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Varies with current topic. For upper-division undergraduates.



 
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