OCEANOGRAPHY 401/501
Professor Timothy H. Heaton

This is a broad introductory course on oceanography and covers the historical, geological, chemical, meteorological, and biological aspects of the earth's oceans. There are no course prerequisites, but any background in the physical and biological sciences is helpful.

The course follows the textbook quite closely, though there are several supplementary handouts (see below). Unfortunately there are no class field trips. :-) This course is taught in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. It will next be taught in Spring 2011.


Links to course handouts and other sites and helps

Course Handouts
Course syllabus (Download in Word)
Geographic Features of the Earth
Ocean provinces
Atmospheric circulation
Ocean circulation
Early history of life
History of life in the oceans
Key animal phyla of the oceans
Term paper helps
Term paper guidelines
Final exam topics
Web Links
Textbook Home Page
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean Drilling Program (old)
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
IODP Drilling Schedule
The Oceanography Society
Sea Education Association
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
El Nino
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center


Dr. Heaton's Practice Exams

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3
Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15
Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18

Geographic Features Exam
Geologic Time Scale
History of Life in the Oceans Exam
Other Earth Science Practice Exams


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