Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

OC 295 - Introduction to Field Oceanography

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Description: OC 295 (3 credits) is an intensive, multi-day field course during Spring Break, with 10 one-hour-long meetings during Winter term. The purpose of the course is to introduce first or second year students in the Ocean Science option and other marine-related programs at OSU to common field methods used in oceanography. In 2017, students will participate in a 5-day cruise off the coast of central and southern California on OSU's 177-ft-long ship the RV Oceanus.

There will be a limited number of lectures on land and at sea to set the stage for various modules, but most of the class will be devoted to hands on activities on board the research vessel. The scientific focus of the 2017 cruise is to be determined, but whatever it is it will involve a variety of oceanographic techniques. Students taking OC 295 will learn how to collect data and samples on the high seas, conduct preliminary analyses of data, and contribute to the development of scientific knowledge.

Instructors: Rob Wheatcroft, Kim Bernard and Miguel Goñi

Prerequisites: OC 201, Oceanography; or OC 331, Introduction to Oceanography; or OC 332, Coastal Oceanography

Application: Students interested in taking OC 295 during Winter 2017 should fill out an APPLICATION and submit it to Wilkinson 104 by November 14. Please contact Professor Wheatcroft (raw@coas.oregonstate.edu) with questions.