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Oceanic Biology (BIOHOPK 263H)

waves crashing on a rocky shore

(Graduate students register for 263H.) In this course we expore how the physics and chemistry of the oceanic environment affect marine plants and animals. Topics include: seawater and ocean circulation, separation of light and nutrients in the two-layered ocean, oceanic food webs and trophic interactions, oceanic environments, biogeography, and global change. Lectures, discussion, and field trips. Satisfies Central Menu Area 4 for Bio majors, and fulfulls requirements in the Earth Systems Oceans & Climate Track and the Coastal Track of Envirnmental Systems Engineering. The course is open to all students, although PHYSICS 21 or 51, CHEM 31, and the Biology core provide useful background

Letter or Credit/No Credit