Dept. Code: OCE

Oceanography

The BSMAS in Oceanography is designed to give students a broad overview of the ocean sciences (physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography, and ocean-atmosphere interactions as they relate to weather and climate) and specialized knowledge in one or more subdisciplines. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete a second major in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geological Sciences, Meteorology, Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering.

Majors in Oceanography

B.S.M.A.S. in Oceanography 

OCE 501. Oceanography III (Chemical). 2 Credit Hours.

The third section of the course core curriculum designed as an integrated and multidisciplinary view of ocean processes, covering the major disciplines of marine science and their applications to the study of the marine environment. To b e taken in dequence with Oceanography I - Geological (MGG 501), Oceanography II - Physical (MPO 502), and Oceanography IV - Biological (MBF 502). This course is for non-MAC majors only. Prerequisite: Undergraduates require permission of instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 502. Oceanography II (Physical). 2 Credit Hours.

The second section of the course core curriculum designed as an integrated and multidisciplinary view of ocean processes, covering the major disciplines of ma rine science and their applications to the study of the marine environment. To be taken in sequence with Oceanography I - Geological (MGG 501), Oceanography I II - Chemical (MAC 501), and Oceanography IV - Biological (MBF 502). This cours e is for non-MPO majors only.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 503. Physical Oceanography. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to properties of seawater, instruments and methods, heat budget, general ocean circulation, formation of water masses, dynamics of circulation, regional oceanography, waves, tides, and sea level. A mathematical and problem solving course for majors in MPO.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 504. Analytical Methods in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry. 1 Credit Hour.

A survey of analytical methods as applied to oceanographic and atmospheric chemistry. Course is taught in a multi-instructor format. Topics include trace organic analysis by HPLC, GC, and GC-MS, laser induced fluorescence detection of gas phase atoms, differential absorption detection of atmospheric species, aerosol sampling, ion chromatography, photochemical techniques, oceanographic tracers, microbiological techniques, and computational resources. Course is designed to be taught in conjunction with MAC 503.
Components: LAB.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 509. Coastal Physics and Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Course addresses linear wave theory, wave statistics, wave generation, tides, wind-driven currents, nearshore circulation, sediment transport by waves and currents, bedforms, bedload, and suspended load. Other topics include longshore and cross-shore transport, equilibrium beach profiles, coastal processes models, Pelnard-Considere model for shoreline change, and Escoffier model for inlet stability.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 511. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

The basic equations of state, continuity, and motion. Topics include wave motions, group velocity, theory of stratified fluids and internal waves turbulence.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 512. Marine Organic Geochemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

Broad introduction to the chemical constituents comprising organic matter in marine environments. This course will address how biological origins, dietary and detrital reworking, and physical phase influence the distribution and fluxes of organic matter in the marine carbon cycle, on both short and long timescales. Topics will address both the water column and sediments, in open-ocean and coastal environments. Students may choose topics of specific interest to their research for presentations and writing assignments (subject to instructor approval). The first half of the course will focus on the chemistry and physical phases of organic matter; the second half will focus on discussing the application of organic geochemical tools to environmental questions via the primary literature.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 515. Environmental Hydrology. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to the physical processes of hydrological science. The principles of evapotranspiration, precipitation, infiltration, groundwater flow, seepage, overland flow, and stream flow are expounded. Areas of interrelation with environmental, marine, and geophysical sciences are emphasized. Measurement techniques for hydrological variables and the statistical analysis of hydrological data time series for runs and extremes are also described.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 522. Marine Microbial Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

An overview of the function of microbes in the ocean from a chemical perspective, building a quantitative understanding of cellular needs and metabolic functions, and the role these microbial processes play in controlling chemical fluxes and biogeochemical cycles in the ocean.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 531. Ocean Data Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Useful and widely used ocean data analysis techniques are discussed. Topics covered include: a review of statistical concepts and linear algebra; time series analysis; least squares and regression techniques; principal component analysis; optimization and inverse methods; and simple models of ocean processes. Computational methods are emphasized. Choice of the material covered is dictated in part by student interests.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 536. Hurricanes. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to provide a broad overview of tropical cyclones, starting from the basic structure, dynamics and thermodynamics, then expanding through to observations, modeling, forecasting and impacts.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 537. Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of natural hazards in both the atmosphere and ocean. In the atmosphere, we will explore both weather events such as storms and hurricanes and tornadoes as well as longer term phenomena such as monsoons and excess rainfall in the tropics. Oceanographically, the course will address hazards such as storm surge and flooding, rogue waves, rip currents, and tsunamis that occur on short time scales as well as the longer terms effects such as sea level rise and the impacts of El Niño and La Niña oceanographic conditions on weather conditions. Thus, the course focus is on hazards and their impacts around the globe.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 542. Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

Course discusses basic physical principles of remote sensing. Topics include an introduction, sampling issues, fundamental laws of electromagnetic waves, passive sensing, active sensing, and a brief survey of satellite sensors.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 543. Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course discusses basic physical principles of remote sensing. The main top ics are (1) Introduction, (2) Sampling issues, (3) Fundamental laws of electrom agnetic waves, (4) Passive sensing, (5) Active sensing, and (6) Brief survey of satellite sensors.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

OCE 551. Applied Ocean Accoustics and Marine Mammals. 3 Credit Hours.

The objective of this course is to provide a basis in the fundamental of sound in the sea and on the effects of sound on marine mammals.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 561. Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

Observed structure of large-scale tropical circulations, including the Trades, the intertropical Convergence Zone, the Walker circulation, and equatorial wave disturbances. An overview of tropical climate, including El Niño/Southern Oscillation, and tropical monsoons is included as well as the formation, structure, and dynamics of tropical cyclone interactions between tropical convection and large-scale circulations, equatorial waves, and flow instabilities.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 575. Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

The equations governing the dynamics of homogeneous fluids are derived. The concepts of deformation rates, vorticity, stream function, and ideal fluid flow are introduced and demonstrated in applications describing flows in the marine environment. Semi-empirical methods for analyzing viscous flows, boundary layers, and turbulence are presented. Eddy viscosity and more advanced turbulence closure schemes are discussed in the context of coastal circulation, bottom boundary layers and sediment transport.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 576. Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment. 3 Credit Hours.

Wave equation models, acoustic and other elastic waves, surface gravity waves, boundary conditions, ray tracing, dispersion, diffraction, reflection attenuation, and radiation transport laws are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 581. Special Topics in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or direct readings in special topics of marine and atmospheric chemistry.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

OCE 582. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or direct readings in special topics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

OCE 583. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

OCE 584. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics of Marine an d Atmospheric Chemistry.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

OCE 585. Special Topics in Marine Chemistry. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to marine chemistry.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

OCE 586. Applied Remote Sensing. 3 Credit Hours.

This 3-credit course is to provide the student with a solid understanding of satellite remote sensing. The course will focus on practical aspects, including, but not limited to, problem solving in class and hands-on data processing and analysis. Students are expected to attend MPO/OCE 542/642 (Physics of Remote Sensing I: Passive Systems) and MPO/OCE 543/643 (Physics of Remote Sensing II: Active Systems) that focus on the theory of remote sensing. The companion course MPO/OCE 587/687 (Applied Radar Remote Sensing) is offered in the Spring Semesters.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

OCE 587. Applied Radar Remote Sensing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course complements MPO/OCE 543/643 (Physics of Remote Sensing II: Active Systems) with additional lectures and exercises tailored specifically to the needs of MPS students. Students taking this course will learn how to obtain, read, and process radar images from remote sensing satellites and from ship-based marine radars and how to perform some fundamental tasks to identify, enhance, and interpret signatures of various features in the images on their own computer.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.