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Course List

100 Global Environmental Science Seminar(1)
    Seminar course to introduce new GES majors to the research interests of GES faculty and the research facilities available within SOEST. GES majors only. CR/NC only. Fall only.
102 Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (3)
  • Introduction to the principals of environmental science and sustainability as they apply to ecosystems. Sustainability will be introduced through active learning with an emphasis on sustaining resources and mitigating pollution to ecosystems. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Cross-listed with SUST 112). DB
105 Sustainability in a Changing World(3)
    Examines how environmentally sustainable and non-sustainable practices and the impact of climate change have affected the development and spread of human societies from pre-history to the 1500s in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Hawai'i/Oceania. Active Learning Environment. (Cross-listed with SUST 115.) FGA
120 Global Environmental Challenges  (3)
    Scientific approach to evaluating human-caused environmental challenges and their potential solutions. Open to non-majors. A-F only. Spring only.
150 Introduction to Quantitative Earth and Environmental Science (3)
  • An introduction to pre-calculus math and physics applied to Earth and Environmental Science. Students work on real-world problems and engage in participatory learing. Prepatoryfor classes in calculus and physics. (Fall semester only). Pre: MATH 134, 161, or MATH assessment exam with the score required for MATH 140. (Cross-listed with ATMO 150, GG 150). FQ
196 Research Experiences in Marine Science (3)
  • Inquiry-driven and experimental marine biology summer program based on the expertise of HIMB researchers whose specialties demonstrate how human impacts and global change affect coral reef ecosystems. Emphases on student team research projects. Repeatable one time. High school or UG freshman only. (Summer only)
199 Introduction to Directed Research (V)
    Reading and research in any area of oceanography under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable up to six credits. CR/NC only.
201 Science of the Sea (3)
    Structure, formation, and features of ocean basins: seawater properties, and distributions; currents; waves; tides; characteristics of marine organisms; marine ecological principles; man and the sea. Field trip required.
201L Science of the Sea Laboratory (1)
    Experiments, computer exercises and field trips demonstrating the geological, physical, chemical and biological principles of earth and ocean sciences. A-F only. Pre: OCN 201 (or concurrent) with a minimum grade of C. DY
310 Global Environmental Change (3)
  • Global environmental change problems such as carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect, acid rain, chlorofluorocarbons and the ozone layer, global deforestation and the effect on climate, etc. Pre: OCN 201, ATMO 200, GG 101, GG 103, or GG170; or consent. (Cross-listed with ATMO 310)
    Section 001: Open to all majors
    Section 002-003: Required section for GES majors

310L Global Environmental Change Laboratory (2) (2-hr Lab)

    Laboratory course to supplement OCN 310. Quantitative aspects of global environmental change will be addressed through problem-solving and computer modeling. A-F only. Pre: MATH 242, PHYS 170/170 L, CHEM 161/161L, and OCN 310; or consent. Fall only. DY
312 Advanced Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I (3)
    Advanced m athematical methods with emphasis on application to earth-sciences and engineering. Topics include linear algebra, vector calculus, ordinary differential equations and numerical methods. Pre: MATH 242 or consent. (Cross-listed as GG 312)
315 The Role of Models in Environmental Science (3)
    Introduction to philosophy of science for those with some background in the natural sciences. Special emphasis on issues arising from the construction and use of models. Pre: any course 200 or above in PHIL or any course 200 or above with either DB or DP designation, or consent. Alt. years: spring. (Cross-listed as PHIL 315)
318 Introduction to Environmental Monitoring Systems and Measurements (3)
  • Introduction to environmental monitoring systems for earth science students. Students will learn how to construct, program, and deploy simple environmental monitoring systems to collect in-situ environmental data. OCN, GG, ATMO majors only. A-F only. Pre: 201/201L or GG 101/101L, CHEM 161/161L, and MATH 241; or consent. (Fall only)
320 Aquatic Pollution(3)
  • Pollution of freshwater and marine systems by human activities. Causes, consequences, and correctives. Pre: OCN 201, CHEM 161, BIOL 171 or consent.

330 Mineral and Energy Resources of the Sea (3)
    Hard mineral and petroleum origins, exploration and exploitation. Renewable and non-renewable resources distribution. Political and scientific constraints. Pre: OCN 201, ORE 202; or consent (Cross-listed as ORE 330).
331 Living Resources of the Sea (3)
    Marine fisheries, aquaculture, and law of the sea. Principles of management of renewable resources. Political and scientific constraints and limitations.
340 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (3)

Introduction to the ecology of infectious diseases of animals, plants, and humans. Factors affecting disease transmission and virulence. Effects of human activities and environmental change on disease transmission.
 A-F only. Pre: BIOL 171 and BIOL 172; or consent. (Spring only)

363 Earth System Science Databases (3)
    Combined lecture, discussion, and laboratory course on Global Earth System databases and satellite instrumentation, including computer laboratory. A-F only. Pre: OCN 310, 310L and MATH 242; or consent.
395 Undergraduate Internship (V)
    Experiential approach to earth science; students serve as interns to field professionals; responsibilities include supervised field work. Open to GES majors only. Repeatable once. Credit/no credit only. Pre: Junior/ Senior standing and consent.
399 Directed Reading (V)
  • Directed reading in earth system science, oceanography, or environmental science.Repeatable for up to 6 credits. Pre: consent.

401 Biogeochemical Systems (3)
    Relationship of biogeochemical cycles in the atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere to global chemical cycles and planetary climatic conditions. GES degree foundation and capstone course. A-F only. Pre: OCN 201, OCN/ATMO/OEST 310/310L, BIOL 172/172L, CHEM 162/162L, GG 101/101L, MATH 241, MATH 243 & 252A, MATH 373 (or ECON 321), ATMO 200, PHYS 170/170L, and PHYS 272/272L; or consent. GES, ATMO, GG, ATMO majors only. Fall only.
403 Marine Functional Ecology and Biotechnology (3)
    Marine functional genomics, biodiversity of marine natural habitats, marine microbial communities and their ecological functions, interactions of marine microbes and their host, climate change and marine biodiversity, marine biotechnology. A-F only. Pre: OCN 201 or MICR 130, or consent. Spring only. (Cross-listed as MBBE 405).
418 Advanced Environmental Monitoring Systems and Measurements (3)
    This course builds upon OCN 318 using more advanced microprocessors and environmental sensors, 3-D printing, programming, etc. to construct, program, and deploy environmental monitoring systems to collect and stream in-situ time-series environmental measurements. A-F only. Pre: OCN 318, MATH 242, PHYS 272/272L and CHEM 162/162L; or consent.
423 Marine Geology (3)
    Sediments, structure, geophysics, geochemistry, and history of ocean basins and margins. Pre: GG 200 or 302; or consent (Cross-listed as GG 423).
430 Introdution to Deep-Sea Biology(3)
    Biology and ecology of deep-sea organisms and communities. Topics including bentho-pelagic coupling, depth zonation, energetics, diversity, adaptations, hydrothermal vents, seamounts, abyssal plains, deep-sea resource extraction and global climate change. A-F only. Pre: OCN 201 and BIOL 265, or consent. (Alt. years)
435 Climate Change and Urbanization (3)
    How are cities impacted by, and impacting climate change? How do urbanization, alteration of atmospheric processes, and extreme weather events affect urban systems and populations? These topics will be addressed in this course. Pre: OCN 363 or consent. Fall only.
441 Prinipals of Sustainability Analysis (3)
  • Introduction to the principles of sustainability analysis through execution of Life Cycle Analysis applied to products, processes, or systems. LCA and the evaluation of environmental impact will be presented. Personal computer or laptop (Word 97 or higher) OS, and minimum of 4GB RAM. Repeatable one time. Junior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: MATH 161 with a minimum grade of C-; or consent. (Fall only) (Cross-listed as CEE 441 and SUST 441)
444 Plate Tectonics (3) (2 Lecture, 1 3-hour Lab)
    Quantitative geometrical analysis techniques of plate tectonics theory; instantaneous and finite rotation poles; triple-junction analysis; plate boundary stresses. Pre: GG 200 or consent. (Cross-listed as GG 444). (Alt. years)
450 Aquaculture Production(3)
    Theory and practice of aquaculture: reproduction, yield trials, management, economics, and business case studies of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs. Field classes held at commercial farm and hatchery. Pre: ANSC 321 and ANSC 445; or BIOL 172/172L and CHEM 162/162L or higher. (Cross-listed as ANSC 450).
457 Ridge to Reef: Coastal Ecosystem Ecology and Connectivity (3)
    Watershed & coastal biogeochemistry/ecosystem science. Emphasis on field surveying & sampling of stream & reef habitats; laboratory chemical/biological analyses. Analysis of land use impacts on ecosystem health and ahupua'a resource management. Writing Intensive. Pre: OCN 201/L, 310; or consent.
480 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans (3)
    Combined lecture and discussion course examining biological and physical interactions in the oceans and their impacts on the functioning of marine ecosystems. GES majors only. A-F only. Pre: 201, 201L, 310/310L, and PHYS 272/272L; or consent. (Alt. years)
481 Introduction to Ocean Ecosystem Modelilng (3)
    Introduction to modeling biogeochemical and physical oceanic processes by building a coupled model of the Pacific to investigate phyiscal effects on plankton blooms. Students learn ecosystem dynamics, basic numerical methods, and programming. A-F only. GES majors only. Pre: 310 or PHYS 272, and OCN/GG 312 (with a minimum grade fo B-). Spring only.
490 Communication of Research Results(2)
  • Lecture/discussion to provide instruction and experience in oral and written presentation of scientific results and material. Registration limited to GES majors in their final semester. A-F only. Repeatable once. Pre: consent.

496 Topics in Global Environmental Science (V)
    Lecture and discussion or seminar. Current topics in environmental science explored in detail. Typically offered by faculty in their specialties, or developed in response to student interest.
499 Undergraduate Thesis (3)
    Directed research course in which the student carries out a scientific project of small to moderate scope with one or more chosen advisors. The student must complete a document in the style of a scientific journal article. Repeatable one time or up to 6 credits. Pre: consent.
601 Marine Biology-Environments and Organisms (4)
    Introduction to the diversity of marine organisms and the many specialized coastal, reef, and oceanic habitats in which they live. Lab and field research exercises will complement lecture subjects. Graduate standing in Marine Biology graduate degree program only. A-F only. Pre: consent. Fall only. (Cross-listed as MBIO 601)
602 Marine Biology-Processes and Impacts (4)
    Investigation of biological phenomena and processes related to productivity and food webs, community structure and ecology, adaptations, and physiology, and impacts of human activities and fisheries. Graduate standing in Marine Biology graduate degree program only. A-F only. Pre: 601. Minimum prerequisite grade of B. Spring only. (Cross-listed as MBIO 602)
620 Physical Oceanography(3)
    Introduction to properties of sea water, oceanographic instruments and methods, heat budget, general ocean circulation, regional oceanography, waves, tides, sea level. Repeatable once. Pre: MATH 242 (or concurrent), or consent.
621 Biological Oceanography (3)
    Factors governing productivity, population dynamics, distribution of organisms in major ecosystems of the ocean, emphasis on ecology of pelagic zone. Pre: consent.
622 Geological Oceanography (3)
    Marine geological processes, ocean basin structure and tectonics, sedimentation. Pre: GG 101 or consent.
623 Chemical Oceanography (3)
    Chemical processes occurring in marine waters; why they occur and how they affect the oceanic environment. Pre: CHEM 171 or consent.
625 Aquatic Photosynthesis (3)
    Biochemical and biophysical concepts of photosynthesis. Application and interpretation of ecological processes of photosynthesis in aquatic systems. Open to non-majors. A-F only. Spring only. Pre: consent.
626 Marine Microplankton Ecology(4) (3 Lec, 3-hr Lab)
    Distribution, abundance and ecology of marine microplankton, including bacteria, algae and protozoans, with an emphasis on metabolic rates and processes. Fall only. Pre: consent.
627 Ecology of Pelagic Marine Animals (4) (3 Lec, 3-hr Lab)
    Ecology of pelagic animals including feeding, energetics, predation, and anti-predation tactics, life-history strategies, vertical flux of materials, population dynamics, fisheries. Spring only. Pre: consent.
628 Benthic Biological Oceanography (4) (3L, 3-hr Lb)
    Processes controlling the structure and function of benthic communities, including organism-sediment-flow interactions, sediment geochemistry, feeding strategies, recruitment, succession and population interactions. Pre: consent.
629 Molecular Methods in Marine Ecology (3)
    Molecular methods for studying marine functional ecology; emphasis on hands-on tools for ecological and biogeochemical processes of microbes; developing practical skills for research project in marine microbial ecology and biological oceanography. A-F only. Pre: 403, 626, 627 or 628, or consent. Fall only.
630 Deep-Sea Biology (3)
    Biology and ecology of deep-sea organisms and communities. Topics including bentho-pelagic coupling, depth zonation, energetics, diversity, adaptations, hydrothermal vents, seamounts, abyssal plains, deep-sea resource extraction and global climate change. A-F only. Pre: consent. Fall only and once every other year.
631 Ocean Minerals (3)
    Distribution, origin, processes of formation. Sulfides, oxides and placer minerals. Comparative studies of continental ore bodies. Submarine rift subduction and abduction. Pre: one of OCN 622 or 623, GG 407, 430 or 603.
633 Biogeochemical Methods in Oceanography (3) (2 Lec, 1 3-hr Lab)
    Current methods of analysis used in the ocean sciences, both in the field and in the laboratory. An ocean-going field trip provides students with hands-on training in sample collection and processing. The latter is followed by laboratory analysis of the collected samples throughout the remainder of the semester. Pre: BIOL 171, CHEM 161, & GG 101 or consent.
635 Isotopic Marine Geochemistry (3)
    Application of stable and unstable isotope tracers in studying geochemical processes and their rates in the sea. Pre: CHEM 162, MATH 241 or MATH 251A.
637 Aquatic Microbial Geochemistry (3)
    The synergy between the biogeochemistry of element cycling and the microbial organisms involved, interfacing across disciplines from the perspective of a practical blend of aquatic chemistry, microbiology, biogeochemistry, and molecular biology. Pre: OCN 623 or consent.
638 Earth System Science and Global Change (3)
    Global view of the planet and how it functions as an integrated unit. Biogeochemical processes, dynamics, and cycles, and analysis of natural and human-induced environmental change. Chemical history of ocean-atmosphere-sediment system and co-evolution of the biota. Repeatable one time. Pre: BS in environmentally related science or one year of chemistry, physics, and calculus. (Cross-listed as GG 638). Fall only and once every other year.
640 Observational Physical Oceanography (3)
  • Application of the scientific method; physical regimes in the ocean; ocean processes and observational strategies; resolution, sampling, array design and observing systems; models and data assimilation; major field programs; operational oceanography and climate prediction. Pre: OCN 620 and consent.
641 Origin of Sedimentary Rocks (3) (2 Lec, 3-hr Lab)
    Environment of deposition and subsequent disgenesis of modern and ancient sediments. Petrogenesis of siliciclastic, carbonate and orthochemical rocks. Sedimentology, sedimentary petrography and geochemistry. Repeatable once. Pre: consent (Cross-listed as GG 641).
642 Elemental Composition Changes (3)
    Changes in the chemical composition of meteorites, bulk Earth, Earth's mantle and crust, sedimentary rocks, hydrosphere and biosphere, and underlying principles. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as GG 642).
643 Topics in Marine Geochemistry (3)
    Seminar on a broad topic; discussion and critique of research papers. Repeatable unlimited times, credit earned one time. Pre: OCN 623 or consent.
644 Sedimentary Geochemistry (3)
    Geochemical thermodynamics and kinetics and their use in interpreting the origin of sediments, sedimentary rocks, and natural waters over a range of pressure-temperature conditions. Pre: CHEM 171, PHYS 152, MATH 242; or consent (Cross- listed as GG 644).
650 Mathematical Techniques for Oceanographers (5) (3 Lectures and 2 3-hour Labs)
    Introduction to numerical methods, data analysis, error propagation, box models, linear and nonlinear least squares, perturbation theory, numerical integration. Pre MATH 244 or MATH 253A.
660 Ocean Waves I (3)
    Basic wave concepts and survey of ocean wave types; simple harmonic oscillator, free and forced modes of vibration, Green's function; general wave concepts: plane waves, phase propagation, standing waves, normal modes, energy conservation, group velocity, forcing; hydrodynamic equations for homogeneous ocean; gravity waves, dispersion, diffraction, refraction; rotation effects; boundary effects: reflection, basins, trapping; tides; vorticity conservation. Pre: MATH 402 or consent.
661 Ocean Waves II (3)
    Baroclinic gravity waves, inertial waves, mid-latitude Rossby waves, topographic waves, equatorial waves. Pre: 660 or consent.
662 Marine Hydrodynamics (3)
    Introduction to classical hydrodynamics and continuum mechanics. Techniques for solution of Navier-Stokes equations on various scales of oceanic motion; potential theory, dynamic modeling, and viscous and rotational processes. Pre: MATH 403 or consent.
665 Small-Scale Air-Sea Interaction (3)
    Observations and theory of small-scale processes which couple the atmosphere and ocean boundary layers, including introduction to turbulence theory and parameterization of turbulent fluxes. [For more information, click here.] Pre: MATH 402 and 403 (or their equivalent) and either OCN 620 or ATMO 600; or consent. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as ATMO 665)
666 Large-Scale Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions (3)
  • Lecture/seminar introduces physical oceanography and meteorology students to the state-of-the-art theories and observations of large-scale ocean-atmosphere interaction, as well as conveying the fundamental understanding that has been developed during the past 30 years. Emphasis will be on phenomena such as El Nino/Southern Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and global climate change. Repeatable one time. Pre: OCN 620 or MET 600; or consent. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as ATMO 666)
667 Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (3)
    Basic concepts and equations to describe large-scale ocean circulation; numerical models; boundary layers; models of wind driven circulation of a homogenous ocean. Pre: OCN 620, 662 or consent.
668 Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II (3)
    Thermodynamics of stratified fluids; convection; mixing; models of the thermohaline circulation; the role of eddies in the large-scale ocean circulation. Pre: OCN 667 or consent.
674 Paleoceanography (V)
    Study of the paleoceanographic and paleoclimate evolution of the Earth's oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent. (Alt. years) (Cross-listed as GG 674).
680 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans (3)
    Combined lecture/discussion examining biological and physical interactions in the oceans and their impacts on the functioning of marine ecosystems. A-F only. Pre: previous course in Marine Science, or consent. (Alt. years).
681 Introduction to BioPhysical Ocean Modeling (3)
    Introduction to modeling biological and physical oceanic processes by building a coupled model of the Pacific to investigate physical effects on biological production. Students will learn biological-physical dynamics, basic numerical methods, and programming. A-F only. Pre: OCN 620, 621, or consent. (Alt. years).
682 Introduction to Programming and Statistics in R (3)
    Introduces project management, data analysis, and mathematical and statistical modeling using R as a platform. Students will learn principles and benefits of programming in a hands-on setting and have the opportunity to apply data science skills to their own research. No prior programming experience required.
683 Advanced Statistics in R (3) (2 hr Lec, 1 hr Lab)
  • In-depth introduction to the modern statistical methods necessary for analyzing biological/ecological
    data, including GLMs, GAMs, mixed models, ordination, etc. Students will learn how to perform these methods in R. (Fall only)
699 Directed Research (V)
    Credit/no credit only. Pre: consent.
700 Thesis Research (V)
    Research for master's thesis. Repeatable unlimited times.
750 Topics in Biological Oceanography (V)
    Seminar. Literature and concepts in one of several active fields considered in detail. Repeatable up to 12 credits. Pre: consent.
    Current courses under this category are:
    • Benthic Biological Oceanography 
    • Marine Viral Ecology 
    • Theoretical Ecology 
    • Molecular Methods in Microbial Oceanography 
    • Professional Development Skills Training 
    • Advanced Statistics in R 
    • Microbial Community Sequence Data Analysis
760 Topics in Physical Oceanography (V)
    Near-shore processes, advanced mathematical techniques, recent developments, etc. Typically given by visiting professors in their specialties, or in response to student interest. Specialized and topical courses in Physical Oceanography.
    Current courses under this category are:
    • Data Analysis 
    • Dynamics and Probability 
    • Laboratory Methods in Physical Oceanography
    • Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Paleo-Climate Dynamics
    • Tracers: their diffusion, transport and reaction 
770 Seminar in Chemical Oceanography (1)
    Current topics in Chemical Oceanography.
780 Seminar (1)
    Oceanographic topics of current interest. Repeatable unlimited times.
791 Proposal Development (2)
    Introduction to the organization and functioning of oceanography funding agencies, the peer-review process, and the design and development of a research proposal. Repeatable once. CR/NC only. Pre: two of the following: 621, 626, 627 (or concurrent), or 628 (or concurrent); or consent.
800 Dissertation Research (V)
    Research for doctoral dissertation. Repeatable unlimited times.

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