Welcome to Oceanography!!

image of a sandy beach with people in the sunshine.  A pier in the background stretches into the water.
A favorite pastime of many people – relaxing on a sandy beach. This semester, you will learn why we find more sandy beaches on the US East Coasts and not as many on the West Coast. (Source: J. Nelson, IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences)

Did you know that more than half of the world’s population lives within 20 miles of an ocean? In fact, in the US, over 53% of our population lives on or near the coast! Yet the oceans still remain an unexplored frontier, new discoveries of ocean life and ocean features occur almost daily. Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science that explores the ocean environment and explains its features, processes, phenomena and life. This course will introduce you to the geology of the ocean environment and show you ways that humans interact with that environment.

Syllabus Overview

All course "syllabus" information that is normally handed out on the first day of campus classes is contained in the links above. The most important link is the course calendar (to access, click on the word "Calendar" in the menu bar at the top of this page), which explains key dates for assessments (quizzes, homework, research), and when you should be completing online lectures (called Modules) in this course. Most questions you have about course content can be found within these pages. For example, do you need to know:

It is important that you read this entire syllabus carefully. Understanding the expectations, guidelines and administrative details for this online course is important to your success. When you have a question about the course set-up or guidelines, please consult the syllabus first. You may find your answer and not have to await a reply from your instructor! Your instructor will expect and require you to be familiar with ALL course guidelines.