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  • Name:

    Oceanography (SCIE240)

  • Department:


  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:




From the very beginning the foundations for our oceans were set forth when, on the third day of creation, the waters under the heavens were gathered into one place which God called Seas (Genesis 1:9-10). Centuries later, at the Flood, He again covered the land with water, until the fountains of the deep were closed and the water receded steadily from the earth. As the fountains closed, the ocean floor sank, forming new and much deeper ocean basins, permitting the continents to drain and emerge from the waters.Today’s oceans eloquently testify to God’s creative power, His judgment at the Flood, and His provision today. In this class, we will set a course to learn more about our magnificent oceans.

Oceanography is the study of our oceans, including the physical, chemical and biological features.In this course we will mostly examine the physical and chemical aspects of the oceans.

While there is no doubt that the wonders of the ocean make it fascinating to study, there are many practical reasons as well to chart a course through oceanography. Our oceans are one of God’s greatest gifts to the human population. It is a source of food, a source of medicine, a source of entertainment, and a source of human wealth.

The oceans are an amazing gift but they are also untamed and powerful which can cause issues. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters have wreaked havoc on our civilizations both past and present.

By choosing to study oceanography you are taking the first step to make full and wise use of the sea, to address the issues that the oceans sometimes create, and protect the gifts of the ocean by predicting and responding to the effects of human activities.


Did you know that even though icebergs are frozen ocean water they are not salty or that the biggest wave ever recorded was a massive tsunami in 1958 in Lituya Bay in Alaska? If these facts sound interesting to you or if you are just fascinated by the mystery of our oceans, then I have the class for you! Come take an epic journey as we chart a course through Oceanography!

In this class, we will explore the mysteries of the deep. We will ride the waves, follow the currents, feel the wind, and marvel at the powers of our oceans.

Please join me on this adventure and I hope to “sea” you in class!

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

The videos and escape rooms were helpful in understanding information.

This course was great, had a good amount of work, and it was fun to complete.

This class was very enjoyable. It opened up the world of oceanography to me in a way that allowed me to understand and explore the fundamentals of the study. I always felt safe voicing my opinion and found a lot of the work very interesting/engaging. I think anyone who loves animals, or the ocean should take this course.