Professor: Lisa Munger
• CRN 16886: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ MCK 122
Note: HC 241H Science courses are equivalent to HC 207H and 209H Science courses in the pre-Fall 2020 curriculum requirements and will fulfill the HC207H / HC209H requirement. If you have already completed HC 207H or 209H, you do not need to take HC 241H in the Fall 2020 curriculum requirements.
In order to understand what is unusual, one must first understand what is “usual”. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of oceanography and data analysis via exploration of online data sets, readings from scientific literature, short programming assignments, and other activities. Students will investigate “unusual” events (such as red tides, marine mammal strandings, hurricanes, etc.) of their choice via independent projects, and communicate the results of their research via scientific writing and oral presentations. The outcomes of this course will be to broaden students’ understanding of the oceans and their connection to all life on Earth, hone analytical and communication skills, and develop the ability to critically evaluate what constitutes “usual” and “unusual” in our environment.