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1001. The Sea Around Us

Also offered as: MAST 1001

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The relationship of humans with the marine environment. Exploitation of marine resources, development and use of the coastal zone, and the impact of technology and pollution on marine ecosystems. First semester Storrs and Avery Point. CA 3.

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1002. Introduction to Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A background in secondary school physics, chemistry or biology is recommended. Not open to students who have passed MARN 1003, 2002 or 3001.

Grading Basis: Graded

Processes governing the geology, circulation, chemistry and biological productivity of the world's oceans. Emphasis is placed on the interactions and interrelationships between physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that contribute to both the stability and the variability of the marine environment. First and second semester Storrs and Avery Point. Students who complete both MARN 1002 and 1004 will receive credit for a CA 3 laboratory course. CA 3.

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1003. Introduction to Oceanography with Laboratory

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed MARN 1002, 2002 or 3001. Recommended preparation: A background in secondary school physics, chemistry or biology.

Grading Basis: Graded

Processes governing the geology, circulation, chemistry and biological productivity of the world's oceans. Emphasis is on the interactions and interrelationships of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that contribute to both the stability and the variability of the marine environment. Laboratory experiments, hands-on exercises, and field observations including required cruise on research vessel. First semester (Avery Point). First and second semester (Storrs). CA 3-LAB.

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1004. Oceanography Laboratory

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 1002 or equivalent. Not open to students who have passed MARN 1003.

Grading Basis: Graded

Laboratory experiments, hands-on exercises, and field observations (including required cruise on research vessel) that teach fundamental oceanographic concepts emphasizing physical, chemical, and biological processes and their interaction in the marine environment. First semester (Avery Point). First and second semester (Storrs). Students who complete both MARN 1002 and 1004 will receive credit for a CA 3 laboratory course.

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1160. Introduction to Scientific Diving

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to scuba diving history, physics and physiology of diving, dive planning, open-circuit diving equipment, and marine environments. Open-water diving certification possible with successful completion of course. Approved medical questionnaire and liability waver required. SM-11/11/13

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2002. Marine Sciences I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 1002 or 1003; MATH 1110Q, 1071Q, or 1131Q; BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q. Cannot be taken after passing MARN 4001, 3801.

Grading Basis: Graded

Biological, chemical, physical, and geological structure and function of coastal systems; a worldwide survey with emphasis on important coastal habitats and processes.

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2060. Introduction to Coastal Meteorology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: introductory calculus and physics.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the structure, circulation, and thermodynamic processes within the Earth's atmosphere. Emphasis on weather phenomena impacting the coastlines, including sea breezes, coastal convection, waterspouts, and hurricanes.

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2801W. Marine Sciences and Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 1002 or MARN 1003; ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Scientific analysis of coastal zone issues and their implications for society. Written analysis and discussion of primary literature.

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3000. The Hydrosphere and Global Climate

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interactions of the physical and chemical components of the global water and energy cycles and how all apply to climate. The science behind climate change predictions reviewed and applied to case studies.

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3001. Foundations of Marine Sciences

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003; MATH 1110Q or 1071Q or 1131Q; BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; and PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q.

Grading Basis: Graded

Biological, chemical, physical and geological structure and function of coastal systems; with a special focus on field observations in three important coastal habitats: beaches and rocky shores, marshes, and estuaries.

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3002. Foundations of Marine Sciences

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MARN 1002 or 1003; MATH 1110Q or 1071Q or 1131Q; BIOL 1107 and 1108; CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; and PHYS 1201Q or 1401Q. Not open for credit to students who have passed MARN 2002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationships between biological and physical processes in the ocean. Topics include spatial structure of physical properties, patterns and mechanisms of circulation, biological production, food web structure and function, recycling and export of nutrients and organic matter.

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3003Q. Environmental Reaction and Transport

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1127 and one additional semester of CHEM, or BIOL or PHYS; one semester of calculus (MATH 1110, 1120, 1131 or 1151) or concurrent enrollment in Calculus (1110, 1131, 1151).

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the chemical/biological reactions and transport dynamics of environmental systems. Mass balances, elementary fluid mechanics and the coupled dynamics of lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater and the atmosphere as biogeochemical systems.

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3012. Marine Invertebrate Biology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107 and 1108. Recommended preparation: MARN 1002 or 1003 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparative examination of major adaptations and functional responses of marine invertebrates to biotic and abiotic factors in the marine environment. Field trips required.

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3014. Marine Biology

Also offered as: EEB 3230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One year of laboratory biology.

Grading Basis: Graded

The study of the kinds and distributions of marine organisms. Particular attention is paid to biotic features of the oceans, organism-habitat and relationships and general ecological concepts influencing marine populations and communities. Field trips are required.

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3015. Molecular Approaches to Biological Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: BIOL 1108 or MARN 4010 or MCB 3010.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and technology in nucleic acid purification and manipulation, DNA fingerprinting, gene cloning and sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, and detection of gene expression (mRNA and protein). Application examples in marine ecological studies.

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3017. Plankton Ecology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MATH 1060 or 1131; PHYS 1201 or 1401; CHEM 1122 or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108. Recommended preparation: MARN 1002. Not open for credit to students who have passed both 5014 and 5016.

Grading Basis: Graded

Ecology of planktonic organisms (bacteria, protista and metazoa). The evolutionary ecology concept, methods of research, special features of aquatic habitats; adaptations to aquatic environments; population biology; predation, competition, life histories, community structure, and role of plankton in ecosystem metabolism. Consent of instructor for graduate students in lieu of requirements.

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3030. Coastal Pollution and Bioremediation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107 and 1108 ; CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q, or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of processes and compounds leading to pollution in the nearshore marine environment. The impact of pollution on the marine foodweb and its response is emphasized. Alleviation of pollution through metabolism of organisms, including bacteria, seagrasses, and salt marshes.

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3060. Coastal Circulation and Sediment Transport

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 2002 and 3001; MATH 1110 or 1120 or 1131 or 1151.

Grading Basis: Graded

Circulation and mixing in estuaries and the inner continental shelf, including surface gravity waves, tides, and buoyancy and wind-driven circulation. Coastal sediments, geomorphology, and processes of sedimentation, erosion and bioturbation. Required field trips.

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3230. Beaches and Coasts

Also offered as: GSCI 3230

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 1002 or MARN 1003 or GSCI 1050 or GSCI 1051, or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the processes that form and modify coasts and beaches, including tectonic setting, sediment supply, coastal composition, energy regimes and sea level change; tools and techniques utilized in marine geologic mapping and reconstruction of submerged coastal features; field trips to selected coastal features.

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3505. Remote Sensing of Marine Geography

Also offered as: GEOG 3505

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: GEOG 2300 or MARN 1002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to remote sensing applications in oceans and seas. Applications include image analysis of sea surface temperature, winds, altimetry, sea ice, chlorophyll, primary productivity, and bathymetry.

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3811. Seminar on Marine Mammals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One year college laboratory biolgoy. Offered at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium.

Grading Basis: Graded

Instructors from different areas of expertise discuss the natural history, evolution, anatomy, physiology, husbandry, and conservation of marine mammals. Current research is emphasized. (Special registration: Contact Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Mystic, CT 06355. 860-572-5955.)

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3812. Seminar in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 2801W or EEB 2244 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical examination of state-of-the-art research, policy and regulatory frameworks of marine conservation biology and associated environmental, cultural, and socio-economic implications. Topics may include aquaculture, endangered species, strandings, biomedicine, ocean pollution, and marine protected areas. Research projects to be conducted at Mystic Aquarium.

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3893. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Consent of Department Head required, preferably prior to the student's departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3899. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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3995. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

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4001. Measurement and Analysis in Coastal Ecosystems

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 3001 and MARN 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of oceanographic processes in local coastal systems; collection and analyses of samples from field trips and lab experiments; data analysis using computers. Required field trips.

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4002. Science and the Coastal Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 4001 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Specific cases of multiple impacts on environmental resources and coastal habitats. Current scientific understanding as a basis for sociopolitical decision-making (e.g., land-use impacts on coastal processes in relation to zoning regulation and water-quality criteria).

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4010. Biological Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1128; MATH 1122 or 1132; PHYS 1202 or equivalent; BIOL 1107 and 1108.

Grading Basis: Graded

Structure and function of marine food webs, from primary producers to top trophic levels; interaction of marine organisms with the environment; energy and mass flow in food webs; elemental cycling; coupling between pelagic and benthic environments.

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4018. Ecology of Fishes

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MARN 3014

Grading Basis: Graded

General concepts in fish ecology such as distribution, feeding, bioenergetics, growth, larval fish ecology, biotic interactions, life history evolution and other contemporary research topics.

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4030W. Chemical Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1128; MATH 1132; PHYS 1202 or equivalent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Composition, origin, and solution chemistry of seawater and the marine biogeochemical cycles of salts, elements, and gases. Distributions and transfer in the marine environment through chemical equilibria, rates, redox, partitioning, ocean circulation, biological cycles, and crustal exchanges. SM-9/22/15

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4050. Geological Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GSCI 1051 or MARN/GSCI 3230 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts in geological oceanography, including the role of plate tectonics in the control of the Earth and ocean system, fundamentals of biosphere-geosphere interaction over geologic timescales, and the reconstruction of past climates using marine sediment archives.

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4060. Physical Oceanography

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PHYS 1202, 1402, 1502 or 1602; MATH 1122 or 1132.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of physical properties and dynamics influencing the oceans and coastal waters. Descriptions of global water property distributions, surface mixed layer, pycnocline, surface heat fluxes, and major ocean currents. Introduction to dynamics of ocean circulation, waves, tides, and coastal circulation.

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4066. River Influences on the Marine Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: calculus and general physics.

Grading Basis: Graded

Influences of rivers on estuaries, coastal and open ocean water properties, energy budgets and ecosystems including inputs of buoyant waters, sediments and pollutants and variability from storms, seasons, human alterations, and climate change.

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4160. Scientific Diving

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: MARN 1160

Grading Basis: Graded

Physics and physiology of scuba diving, federal regulation, consensus standards, dive planning, dive accident management and emergency planning, scientific diving methods, diving modes. Scientific diver certification possible with successful completion of course plus CPR, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen certification. Scuba certification and approved diving physical required.

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4891. Internship in Marine Sciences

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: Nine credits of MARN courses at the 3000 level or above.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

An internship under the direction of MARN faculty. Placements stress application of academic training. A journal of activities is required. One credit may be earned for each 42 hours of pre-approved activities in a semester to a maximum of three credits. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory.). With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit, not to exceed 3 credits.

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4893. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits and hours by arrangement up to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Consent of department head required, preferably prior to the student's departure. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

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4895. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4896W. Senior Research Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Three credits of MARN 3899, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: MARN 3801.

Grading Basis: Graded

Senior thesis reflecting independent research. Not limited to honors students.

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4898. Variable Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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