Geology/AOS 105: General Information


Welcome to Geology 105 and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 105. This course is designed to introduce you to 70% of the planet, the oceans. Oceanography is classically divided into geological oceanography, physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, and biological oceanography. This course will provide you with an overview of each but stress the interconnectedness of the various disciplines. Upon completion of this course you should have a general understanding of how the oceans work, how they have changed over time, how they interact with the atmosphere, and how they affect our lives. This course will be team taught between Prof. Carl Bowser of the Geology and Geophysics Dept. and Prof. Kim Van Scoy of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Dept.


This is a 3 credit course. The grading system is as follows:
2 Midterm Exams each worth 25% of total grade
Final Exam 25% of total grade
lab exercises 25% of total grade

Exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, short essay, and detailed essay questions. Content of the exams will include material from the text book, the lectures and the laboratory. The final examination will stress the material covered since the last midterm. Several synthesis questions, incorporating material since the beginning of the class also be on the final.

Students with conflicting exam schedules are requested to inform the instructors at least a week prior to the exam and, if possible, accommodations will be arranged. Students informing the instructors of conflicts after the exam will be accommodated only in the case of documented emergencies.


Required Readings

Readings listed on the syllabus should be completed before the lecture. The lectures will be designed with the assumption that you have a basic understanding of the assigned material.


Laboratory assignments will generally be handed out during each Tuesday of class. Students should be aware that they are responsible for completing any readings or exercises prior to participating in the lab. Failure to be prepared will be reflected in laboratory grades.

Students with disabilities are strongly urged to inform the instructors, as early as possible, of any needed accommodations.

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