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 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 508. Introduction to Ocean Systems Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide a survey introduction to various aspects of ocean systems engineering. This is a required course for all students enrolled in the Master of Science (non-thesis) in Ocean Engineering Program. It is intended to be taught in the first term of their studies, before they have fully refined their courses. It could also be of interest to graduate students in OCE and upper level undergraduate engineering, marine science or mathematics majors who are seeking to inform themselves on the breadth of study in ocean engineering.
Requisite: Senior Standing and Prerequisites: MTH 211 and MTH 311 and PHY 102 or PHY 202 or PHY 206.
Components: LEC.
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.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

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.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

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 with emphasis on optical and passive systems. Topics include orbital dynamics, sampling issues, fundamental laws of electromagnetic waves, passive remote sensing in the visible, infrared and microwave parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, a survey of satellite sensors and summary of the derived geophysical variables.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

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

Course discusses basic physical principles of remote sensing with emphasis on active and radar systems. Topics include electromagnetic theory, radar equation, antenna theory and pulse compression, radar scattering physics; sea surface processes relevant to radar imaging, scatterometry, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), altimetry, HF Doppler radar, marine radar, satellite orbits, brief overview of passive remote sensing techniques.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

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 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.

Review of vector analysis, basic principles of fluid mechanics, equations of surface gravity waves, linear dispersion relation, phase and group velocity, wave dispersion, orbital motions, wave refraction, diffraction, reflection, ray tracing, frequency and wavenumber spectra, fundamentals of wave modeling, action balance equation, wave generation, wave dissipation, wave-wave interaction, wave-current interaction, Stokes drift, internal waves.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
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 586. Applied Remote Sensing. 3 Credit Hours.

Provides a detailed overview of applications of passive remote sensing using visible, infrared and microwave radiometers. Orbit and satellite characteristics are discussed. Hands-on data processing and analysis using readily accessible image processing software is included. Access to satellite data archives is explained. Students are also expected to attend Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems, and Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems, which focus on the theory of remote sensing. The companion course, Applied Radar Remote Sensing, is offered in the spring semesters.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

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

This course complements Physics of Remote Sensing II with additional lectures and exercises tailored specifically to the needs of MPS students. Topics covered: Active vs. passive remote sensing, satellite station operations, how to work with satellite radar images, imaging geometry and sampling characteristics, introduction to IDL, hands-on SAR data analysis examples, hands-on marine radar data analysis.
Requisite: Senior Standing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.