Oceanography 201: Science of the Sea
Spring 2020
- Course Information


Dr. Glenn Carter gscarter@hawaii.edu
Course Coordinator;  Physical Oceanography 

Dr. Nick Hawco hawco@hawaii.edu:
 Chemical and Geological Oceanography

Dr. Grieg Steward grieg@hawaii.edu:
Biological Oceanography

Course or lab questions can be directed to: ta@soest.hawaii.edu

Teaching Assistants

Evan Lechner (Head TA) elechner@hawaii.edu

Emily Young elyoung@hawaii.edu
Kyle Conner kconner7@hawaii.edu
Eleanor Bates esbates@hawaii.edu
Alice Vislova avislova@hawaii.edu


The TAs are available to discuss course material and answer questions during office hours. You are encouraged to utilize the TA services, as they are an excellent resource and an important link between you and the professor. They are available for office hours by appointment.


Primary exam review will occur during classtime via Zoom meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each module. Refer to the syllabus on your Laulima page for more specifc information.

Exams from the past several years (without answers) are posted on the web site. Students are strongly encouraged to review prior exams when studying for the current semester's exams and to discuss them with the TAs during office hours. At the discretion of each individual professor, a review sheet may be provided approximately one week prior to each exam. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the topics covered in the review sheet.


There are no required materials that you need to purchase for this class. We have worked to find open source alternatives to expensive textbooks and will provide links and/or PDFs from the couse Laulima site.

 The material in this course is best learned interactively. Despite the large class size, the instructors appreciate questions that can lead to a fun and informative class discussion.

Upon successful completion of the course:

  • Students should understand how the scientific method works, how it has been applied in Earth science, and how it differs from other ways of acquiring knowledge.

  • Students will be able to articulate how the Earth is in integrative system across many scientific disciplines.

  • Students should understand the internal structure of the Earth and the dynamic processes of plate tectonics that shape its surface, including seafloor spreading, subduction, and continental drift.

  • Students should understand the causes of rising sea level and its impacts on coastal areas, including erosion and beach loss.

  • Students will be able to identify the major pathways of chemicals to the oceans and the effect that biological processes have on redistributing and removing chemicals from the oceans

  • Students will be able to describe the major processes that cause the deep and shallow circulation of water in the oceans

  • Students will be able to identify the major marine habitats, the types of organisms that live in those habitats, and give examples of how organisms are adapted to their habitat.

  • Students will be able to describe the types of interactions that occur among organisms in the marine food web and between organisms and their environment.



If you have a disability and related access needs, the Instructors will make every effort to assist and support you. For confidential services students are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (known as “Kokua”) located on the ground floor (Room 013) of the Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services:

KOKUA Program • 2600 Campus Road • Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 • Voice: 956-751 • Email: kokua@hawaii.edu www.hawaii.edu/kokua

Last modified: January 2020
Department of Oceanography