HC241H: Unusual Oceanographic Events

Professor: Lisa Munger

4.00 credits

  • CRN 21060: Monday & Wednesday, 1200-1320 @ CHA 202

In order to understand what is unusual, one must first understand what is “usual”. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of oceanography via exploration and analysis of online data sets, readings from scientific literature, individual and group assignments, and other activities. Students will conduct a collaborative term project to investigate an “unusual” event (such as tsunamis, marine mammal strandings, species invasions, etc.) of their choice, 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.