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Course:

SO221

Title: Introduction to Oceanography
Instructor:


 CDR Bleidorn, bleidorn@usna.edu

Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A descriptive course designed to provide an overview of significant oceanographic factors and their impact on engineering applications. Prereq: Non-SOC majors only.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: Non-SOC majors only.

Course:

SO251

Title: DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructors:

Prof. Muller, amuller@usna.edu (Course Coordinator)
CDR Gallaher, gallaher@usna.edu

Credits: 3-2-4
Description: An introduction to physical oceanography. Topics include: Ocean Bathymetry, Structure, Dynamics, Optics, and Acoustics. Intro to field methods for data collection and analysis.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Requisites: Prereq: None.

Course:

SO254

Title: INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY
Instructors: Prof. Barrett, bbarrett@usna.edu (Course Coordinator)
LCDR Burich, burich@usna.edu
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: This course serves as an introduction to Meteorology.  Topics include: Meteorological state variables, the equation of state for air, radiative balance, climate change and climate variability, atmospheric water vapor, cloud formation processes, and cloud microphysics, forces involved in atmospheric motion, geostrophic flow, atmospheric stability, surface and upper analyses and thermodynamic charts. This three credit course includes a laboratory component that involves the analysis and visualization of meteorological datasets with Matlab.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Requisites: SO251

Course:

SO262

Title: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Instructors: LCDR Tellado, tellado@usna.edu
LCDR Ingersoll, ingersol@usna.edu
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The physical environment influences natural resources, human culture, national security, and military operations. This course examines the basic scientific principles of physical geography and how location on earth influences climate, landforms, soils, and natural vegetation.  We will study the processes at work, the features created and their spatial distributions.  We will use satellite imagery and geographical information systems to look at case studies around the world and examine the wide range of natural environments.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Requisites: None

Course:

SO264

Title: STATISTICS FOR OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
Instructors: CDR Gallaher, gallaher@usna.edu (Course Coordinator)
Prof. Steppe, natunewi@usna.edu
 
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course provides an introduction to the application of statistical methods to geophysical data. Topics include:  basic probability and combinations, probability distributions, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, linear regression, and time series analysis.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: SO251

Course:

SO335

Title: OCEANOGRAPHIC & METEOROLOGICAL QUANTITATIVE METHOD
Instructors: CAPT Sanabia, sanabia@usna.edu
Prof. Barrett, bbarrett@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Oceanographic and Meteorological Quantitative Methods. A course to expose students to products and datasets that are available in oceanography and meteorology and techniques for manipulating the data to arrive at a better quantitative understanding of the oceans and atmosphere.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SM212, SO251 (can take concurrently).

Course:

SO345

Title: ATMOSPHERIC THERMODYNAMICS
Instructors: Prof. Henderson, ghenders@usna.edu
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: A study of the thermodynamic and kinematic properties of the atmosphere, including the effects of temperature, moisture and wind processes, introduces the forces responsible for atmospheric motions. This course uses thermodynamic diagrams for analyzing vertical profiles of atmospheric variables, as well as conventional and remotely-sensed data to analyze horizontal distributions of meteorological fields.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251, SO254.

Course:

SO351

Title: BIOGEOCHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructors: Prof. Smith, jpsmith@usna.edu
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: An introduction to geological, chemical, and biological processes in the oceans. This course builds upon the fundamentals of physical oceanography provided in SO251 by adding the close interactions among geological, chemical and biological processes to the physical setting of the water column.  Topics range from hydrothermal circulation, sediment diagenesis, nutrient cycling, ocean alkalinity, biological production, food webs, taxonomy, and ecology.  Real-world applications are emphasized.  This 4-credit course has a laboratory component that reinforces field data collection and analysis techniques presented in SO251 and SO264.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251, SO264.

Course:

SO414

Title: OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES
Instructors:

CAPT Sanabia, sanabia@usna.edu
Prof. Muller, amuller@usna.edu

Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Fundamental equations of motion governing the dynamics of quasi-horizontal, inviscid and viscous fluid flow on the rotating earth are developed. Scale analyses of the basic hydrodynamic equations are used to identify forces responsible for motions of interest. Basic numerical modeling techniques for both oceanic and atmospheric processes are introduced. Laboratory exercises will utilize the MATLAB software package to solve hands-on problems pertaining to fluid flow.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO345 and SO335.

Course:

SO416

Title: WAVES AND TIDES
Instructors: CDR Swick, swick@usna.edu
CDR Thompson, kbthomps@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Equations governing the dynamics of surface and internal waves, including tsunamis, seiches, internal tides, and tidal bores, are derived and practically applied. Wave theory is compared to wave tank observations. Wave statistics and energy spectra are used to forecast sea and swell. Tide generating and tractive forces are mathematically analyzed, and methods of tidal prediction are reviewed and exercised.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO414.

Course:

SO422

Title: NEARSHORE OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructor: Prof. Muller, amuller@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Examines the oceanographic regime from the continental shelf break to the intertidal zone and coastal dunes. Concentrates on shallow water wave, surf and beach processes. Includes a discussion of coastal management and engineering procedures.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251.

Course:

SO426

Title: POLAR OCEANOGRAPHY
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: A descriptive course which covers the history of polar exploration as well as the physical oceanography and meteorology of the polar regions with particular emphasis on the role of sea ice in global warming studies. Current DoD polar programs will be reviewed including the following: Deep Freeze, International Ice Patrol and Navy operations such as ICEX and TEAMWORK.
Offered: Not currently offered.
Requisites: Prereq: SO221 or SO251.

Course:

SO427

Title: INTRODUCTION TO ESTUARINE OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructor: Prof. Smith, jpsmith@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: The physical, geological and biological aspects of the estuarine environment are studied. Laboratory sessions, which include YP cruises and field trips, focus on practical and hands-on applications. Environmental issues such as water quality and pollution are discussed. The use of numerical models as a tool is explored.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO221 or SO251.

Course:

SO431

Title: ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: An overview is given of the various platforms and sensors currently in use and planned. The electromagnetic spectrum and radiation laws are explained. Applications exercises give "hands-on" experience with image processing systems.
Offered: Not currently offered.
Requisites: Prereq: SO221 or SO251.

Course:

SO432

Title: GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Instructor: Prof. Guth, pguth@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) use computers to manipulate geographic data, combining maps and data bases. This course examines the basics of map projection and datums, raster and vector data bases, and the design, manipulation, and analysis of geographic data. We will discuss the use of remote sensing to collect data and provide background maps, and the use of digital elevation models to provide a framework for 3D display.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO221 or SO251.

Course:

SO441

Title: SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY
Instructor: Prof. Barrett, bbarrett@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: A practical course in meteorological analysis and forecasting as applied to operational planning. A variety of meteorological datastreams available in the computerized Meteorology Laboratory are used to analyze and predict the current and future state of the atmosphere.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO254.

Course:

SO442

Title: TROPICAL METEOROLOGY
Instructor: Prof. Barrett, bbarrett@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: A study of the special processes affecting meteorological analysis and forecasting in the tropics, including satellite imagery analysis, with particular emphasis on hurricane or typhoon prediction, creation, movement and decay.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251, SO335 (can take concurrently).

Course:

SO445

Title: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Instructor: Prof. Henderson, ghenders@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course will review the science of climate and the natural factors that influence global climate on different spatial and temporal scales. It will also discuss how human activities may impact local, regional, and global climate. Global climate data, past and present, will be examined from geologic and modern records including satellite data, land/sea observations, ice cores, etc. Related climate topics, such as the Ozone Hole, Greenhouse Effect, and El Nino will also be reviewed.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO254.

Course:

SO451

Title: BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructor: Prof. Steppe, natunewi@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: A study of patterns and concepts of biological production in the ocean. Emphasis is on the integration of the biological and physical environment. Laboratory includes student planned studies and conceptual exercises. All aspects of the course emphasize the use of various knowledge areas to solve a problem.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251, SO264, and SO351.

Course:

SO461

Title: GEOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Instructor: Prof. Guth, pguth@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Introduces marine geological/geophysical instrumentation, theory, data collection, analysis, interpretation and applications. Geomorphology, structure, petrology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, origin and development of ocean basins and margins are examined in light of theory of plate tectonics. Practical studies of the Chesapeake Bay are part of the laboratory work.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO251/287

Course:

SO470X

Title: CAPSTONE SEMINAR
Instructor: ALL
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: A course for SOC majors to provide guidance on the construction of the capstone paper and the oral presentation of the capstone paper.  The course will include background readings and corresponding discussions, and instruction on scientific writing and presentation.  The course culminates in the production of the capstone paper and the oral presentation the capstone paper.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Open to 1/C Oceanography majors.

Course:

SO485

Title: ENERGY ANALYSIS, POLICY, & SECURITY
Instructor: Prof. Smith, jpsmith@usna.edu
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Course will cover topics such as: energy science, energy resource distribution/supply, energy technology, energy/environmental impacts, energy policy/strategy (DoD, U.S., International), energy markets, & energy infrastructure.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO351 or instr perm.

Course:

SO503

Title: HONORS RESEARCH METHODS
Instructor: Prof. Guth, pguth@usna.edu
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Honors Research Methods in Oceanography and Meteorology. Statistical methods and techniques applied to research topics, oceanographic and laboratory instrumentation, remote sensing and mathematical modeling. Discussion of current research topics. Prepares students to undertake independent research in oceanography or meteorology.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: 2/C Honors Oceanography Major.

Course:

SO505

Title: HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Credits: 0-6-3
Description: Independent research in oceanography or meteorology on a subject of the student's choice, culminating in a written report and presentation to the faculty.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SO503 and SOCH major.

Course:

SO506

Title: HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Credits: 0-6-3
Description: Independent research in oceanography or meteorology on a subject of the student's choice, culminating in a written report and presentation to the faculty.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO503 and SOCH major.

Course:

SO513

Title: HONORS OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES
Instructor: CAPT Sanabia, sanabia@usna.edu
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Course is an advanced version of SO414 for honors students.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SM311O and SO345H.

Course:

SO516

Title: HONORS WAVES AND TIDES
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Course is an advanced version of SO416 for honor students.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: SOCH major.

Course:

SM415

Title: MATH MODEL & OCEAN ATMOS.
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Mathematical Modeling of the Ocean and Atmosphere. Vector analysis, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations with emphasis on stream and potential functions, conservation of mass, conservation of linear momentum (Navier-Stokes Equations) in rectangular and rotating coordinate systems. Use of MATLAB to solve applied problems in oceanography and meteorology.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: SO414 or permission of instructor.
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