Oct 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
2017-2018 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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CHM 126 - Marine Chemistry: An Introduction to Chemical Oceanography

Would you like to learn more about the Earth's Oceans?  They cover 71% of Earth but are often neglected because we are land-based creatures.  The Earth's oceans are not simply water, but a mixture of various compounds.  The student will learn the basic principles of chemical oceanography.  The course topics presented will allow an understanding of the coupled atmospheric/ocean system and also demonstrate the current and future effects of human activities on the coastal and oceanic environments.  The chemical properties of the ocean are important to understand because the marine environment supports the greatest abundance of life on earth.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Discuss and explain the chemical origin and history of the Oceans.
2.  Discuss and explain the hydrological cycle.
3.  Discuss and explain the chemistry of marine water.
4.  Discuss and explain the influence of the atmosphere on ocean chemistry.
5.  Discuss and explain the environmental issues involved in coasts, estuaries, and wetlands.
6.  Discuss and explain the energy flow through marine trophic levels.
7.  Discuss and explain the role of chemical nutrients and Liebig's law of minimums.
8.  Discuss the chemistry of deep sea vents.
9.  Discuss and explain the chemistry and envrionmental impact of oil spills at sea.
10.  Discuss and explain the effect of temperature on chemistry of the ocean.
11.  Discuss and explain the current research in marine chemistry.

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