Oceanography House (1.5)
This first-year seminar introduces students to the application of technologies used in ocean observing systems. Students work in small groups mentored by undergraduates with prior observing system experience and participate in ongoing research and development.
Intended for all students; no previous science required.
Sea Monsters and Weird Biology in Earth's Oceans (3)
The ocean is full of giant sharks, mythic squids, gargantuan
worms, and microbes that shape the planet. Biology is continually adapting and evolving, driven by the environment
in which it lives. This class uses the
ocean to explore how biology adapts and evolves. We will also explore how the ocean shapes our
views of nature, assess how the ocean is changing, and consider how sustainable
it will be in the future. Our goal is to
increase the biological and ocean literacy of students.
Science, Pseudo-Science, and Society (3)
Science has transformed society's understanding of the natural world. This course will introduce students to the process and use of science. It highlights how scientific understanding sometimes goes against current belief, leading to so-called "controversies."
Introduction to Oceanography (3)
An exploration of the world's ocean and all its complex interactions with the planet. This course touches on a variety of disciplines including biology, geology, chemistry, and environmental sciences.
Intended for all students; no previous science required. Credit not given for both this course and 11:628:125 or 01:460:120.
Exploring and Understanding the World's Oceans (3)
Online introductory oceanography course.
Intended for all students; no previous science required. Credit not given for both this course and 11:628:120 or 01:460:120.
Topics: Marine Sciences (1.5)
Led by faculty in the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership. Specific topics depend on ongoing research on expanding and applying ocean observation technologies.
The Water Planet (3)
Survey of the science, environmental impact, and resource allocation of water on the Earth. Characteristics of water: hydrologic cycle, runoff and erosion, river systems, past and present climates, water quality, political and economic aspects of water.
Intended for all students; no previous science required. Credit not given for both this course and 01:460:204.
Human Interactions with the Coastal Ocean (3)
Study of the processes governing change in the oceans, with emphasis on basic scientific principles and the ways that scientific knowledge can be used to resolve environmental problems.
Intended for all students; no previous science required.
Basic SCUBA Diving (1.5)
This course introduces students to the fundamental academic concepts and practical skills of SCUBA diving as described by PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) standards. The course provides students with the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to safely participate in SCUBA dives to a depth of 60 feet (18 meters), or shallower.
Fishery Science (3)
Marine and freshwater, commercial and recreational fisheries; behavior of fish populations, fishers, and management institutions as well as the emergent properties of the entire system.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Aquaculture production methods, fish and shellfish growth and reproduction, nutrition, genetics, disease control, economics, environmental consequences, and public policy issues.
Prerequisites: 01:119:115-116,117 and 01:160:161-162. Class meets intensively for 10 days in January at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab at Bivalve, in Port Norris, New Jersey.
Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems (3)
Overview of the fundamental processes in the marine environment with emphasis on interdisciplinary linkages in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Dynamics in the physics, chemistry, and biology of the oceans will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: CALC 1 and any ONE of the following courses in biology, chemistry, or physics: 01:119:116; 01:160:162; 01:750:194; 01:750:204.
The biology of fish with emphasis on functional morphology, ecology, and behavior. Laboratory exercises will center on the identification and anatomy of New Jersey marine and estuarine fishes.
Communicating Science to Informal Audiences (3)
Inquiry-based science teaching methods to communicate scientific knowledge by presenting science activities in an informal setting. Students practice communicating scientific knowledge and receive mentoring on how to improve their presentations.
Prerequisites: Requires one course in introductory biology, geology, chemistry, or marine science; interest in science; and enthusiasm for teaching science. Permission of the instructor.
Identification of Marine Invertebrates (2)
Lectures, intensive daily laboratories, a field trip, and collection of invertebrates.
Class initially meets at the JCNERR Education Center in Tuckerton for one week in January. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This intensive class may be counted toward the major research requirement or as a marine science elective. Prerequisite: 01:119:116.
Hydrothermal Vents (3)
Composition and dynamics of deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities and the geology of seafloor spreading centers.
Prerequisites: 01:119:116 and CALC 1.
Marine Conservation (3)
Heterogeneity, complexity, and diversity of coastal ecosystems and their increasingly concentrated human populations. Conservation issues and tools. Linkages between science and policy. Case studies examined and developed.
Prerequisite: 11:628:320 or 11:216:351 or equivalent.
Scientific Diving I (3)
Introductory course designed to provide the student with the academics, practical skill applications, and SCUBA diving training to become competent and confident divers. Training will be conducted under the minimum standards of both the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and applicable recreational training agencies toward achieving AAUS Scientific Diving certification.
Prerequisites: Medical statement with medical clearance for scuba diving as needed. Students must demonstrate satisfactory swimming ability, physical stamina, and emotional stability to instructor during the course.
Scientific Diving II (3)
This is the second course of the American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS) Scientific Diver Certification designed to provide the student with the academic, practical, and SCUBA skills training to meet and exceed AAUS minimum standards for Scientific Diving certification.
Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Biology and Chemistry (3)
Basic techniques to collect, analyze, report, and interpret
biological and chemical oceanographic data.
Pre- or corequisite: 11:628:320.
Oceanographic Methods and Data Analysis: Physical Processes (3)
A field and laboratory course in the analytical tools of oceanography, focusing on navigation, GPS, instrumentation for in situ and remote collection of physical and chemical properties of the ocean.
Science in Shoreline Management (3)
Examination of coastal environments based on the use of science in the management of shoreline resources, culminating in a student project evaluating the conversion of shoreline by direct and indirect human action.
Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors who have completed a course in biology, earth science, or environmental science.
Molecular Microbial Oceanography (3)
This course will highlight emerging efforts to elucidate the activity, diversity, and evolution of microbial genes and link them to key oceanic ecosystem and biogeochemical processes by merging biochemistry, molecular biology, and genome-based approaches with innovative instrumentation.
Prerequisites: 01:119:116 and (11:628:320 or 11:216:351).
Biophysical Interactions: From Barnacles to Jellyfish (3)
Focuses on understanding how organisms interact with and are affected by their physical fluid environment, including life at low Reynolds numbers, biomechanics, benthic boundary layers, diffusion, and dispersal. Many principles that are relevant for algae and benthic invertebrates also apply to microbes, terrestrial plants and animals, and chemical tracers.
Physical Oceanography (4)
Principles of ocean physics. Mass, momentum, heat, and freshwater
conservation and atmospheric exchange. Influence of Earth's rotation.
The ocean's role in climate. Tides, waves, and currents. Effects of
ocean circulation on its biology and chemistry.
Prerequisite: Calculus 2.
Geophysical Data Analysis (3)
Quantitative analysis and display of spatial and time series data, filters, spectral analysis, covariance, coherence, confidence intervals, goodness-of-fit, optimal interpolation of unequally spaced data, empirical orthogonal functions, harmonic analysis. Practical exercises in Matlab analysis. Individual projects and presentations.
The Biology of Living in the Ocean: Water Column Ecosystems and Processes (3)
Processes that regulate the
biology of the plankton and fish, which drives the community ecology for ocean
ecosystems. It covers
ecological themes such as the acquisition and transformation of energy and
materials, population regulation, competition/predation dynamics, population
connectivity, and marine food webs.
Also highlights approaches and technologies used to make
measurements in the ocean.
The Biology of Living in the Ocean: Boundary Ecosystems and Processes (3)
Processes that regulate the biology, productivity, populations, and communities of organisms at ocean boundaries, including intertidal zones, estuaries, salt marshes, coral reefs, hydrothermal vents, and the sea floor. This course covers ecological themes such as the acquisition and transformation of energy and materials, population regulation, competition/predation dynamics, population connectivity, and marine food webs.
Chemical Oceanography (3)
Chemical description of the sea and how the distributions of chemical species in the world ocean are related to physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes.
Prerequisites: Calculus 2, 01:160:162, 11:628:320.
Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World (3)
Coastal environments are dynamic zones where terrestrial and marine environments meet. They are high-productivity regions of intense biogeochemical cycling that are increasingly challenged by anthropogenic changes including: sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and eutrophication. We will explore four coastal environments from the poles to the tropics while building skills in analysis software.
Cross-listed with 11:375:474. Prerequisites: (11:375:201 and 11:375:202) OR (11:375:444 and 01:119:115) OR (11:628:320 and 01:160:161 and 01:119:115) OR permission of instructor.
History of the Earth System (3)
The Earth as an evolving physical/biological system; physical and biogeochemical processes that have shaped the environment over geologic time.
Prerequisites: 01:119:116, 01:160:162, 01:750:204; or permission of instructor.
|11:628:497 (Fall), 498 (Spring)
Special Problems in Marine and Coastal Sciences (BA,BA)
Practical field/laboratory experience with faculty in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.