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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Physical Oceanography (SCI 101)


Self study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

October 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: define the fundamentals of biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography; critically evaluate current research in one or more subfields of oceanography relevant to a selected research specialty; describe the physical properties of ocean waters; define concepts like stability and potential density; describe general oceanic circulation;  evaluate driving forces and mechanisms of different types of circulation; and identify where in the world oceans bottom water is formed and where upwelling occurs.


This course introduces students to physical processes that occur in oceans in such a way that they can explain both the conceptual physical principles and at the larger scale how these fit into the earth as a system. Basic equations that  describe the principles upon which physical oceanography is based are examined and applied to principles related to waves, tides, currents, and the large-scale ocean circulation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in General Science, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Science, or Atmospheric Science (10/20).