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In this course we will cover a range of oceanographic topics and skills, including nautical chart interpretation, seafloor bathymetry, plate tectonics, hydrothermal vent chemistry, seawater chemistry, El Nino/La Nina and local upwelling, ocean sediment, coastal processes, and marine life interactions. The class has been designed to maximize your interaction with the material and inspire your respect and stewardship for the local environment. Bottom line: if you're committed and willing to do the regular work required, we will do our best to help you learn more and have fun doing it!

Class begins: First week of the semester.
First assignments due: End of first lab.

Class format:

  • 4 hours per week -- 2:10-6 pm in Science 45 laboratory room
  • 3 field trips during lab hours -- to Ocean Beach, the Aquarium of the Bay, and Tidepools -- in last quarter of semester
    (students must provide their own transportation)
  • Advisory: Completion of Geometry and Algebra 2 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in college-level English.
  • Required: that you have completed or be co-enrolled in the Oceanography 1 lecture.
  Students using microscopes in lab.

Want to add the class? If there is no room left to pregister, please contact instructor ASAP at email address on class website for instructions on adding, and be sure to attend the first day of class in its entirely and complete the assignment.


All course content and assignments are in the lab manual AND outlined on the class website. To be successful in this class, you need to access content through these different methods:

  • Use the class website to:
    • Access and watch video tutorials.
    • Access links to and complete weekly quizzes (accessed with CCSFMail username and password).
    • Review additional web resources to assist with weekly content.
  • Use your Oceanography 1 Lab Manual to:
    • Review class syllabus, policies, and schedule.
    • Complete prereading assignments (due at the start of each lab).
    • Complete weekly labs (in class).
    • Review and complete practice labs (at home in preparation for weekly quizzes and quarterly exams).
  • Use class time to:
    • Check and review completed prereading.
    • Complete labs and review keys.
    • Engage in collaborative review and discussion of lab topics.

The class website contains a link to the PDF version of the Oceanography 1 Lab Manual. You will need to print a copy of this manual (the correct edition for your semester) by the second lab meeting of the semester at the latest. Get it early. All your semester work will happen in this workbook.

  Students studying sand at the beach.
Students working with maps and computers in S45 lab.


Let's review some of the basic logistics of this course, and then you'll know whether you're ready for a General-Education science laboratory.

  1. Is this your first science course? Student with the best chance of success in this class are those with a strong background in math and English (it is advised that you have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry and have completed or be co-enrolled in college-level English and Algebra 2).
  2. Are you comfortable with technology? During this semester, you will be watching online video tutorials, completing worksheets and assignments that go along with those tutorials and test your understanding, and completing online quizzes to demonstrate your understanding. Video tutorials, quizzes, handouts, and helpful resources can be found on the class website (please find it right away and bookmark it). You will need your CCSFMail account to access all quizzes. You need solid internet connection and access to YouTube style video play (any browser, most devices) to access video tutorials. To be successful in this class, please be sure you have access to a computer, solid internet connection, and familiarity with basic use of email, web browsers, and video viewing.
  3. Do you have enough time in your schedule? The weekly workload for this class is 6 hours on average for 17 weeks, broken down, generally as follows:
    1. Completing the prereading (~1-1.5 hours per week)
    2. Completing the labs and engaging in in-class discussion and collaborative efforts. (~3-4 hours per week) -- completed in class
    3. Taking quizzes (~.5 hour per week) -- ue by midnight the night before every lab class.
    4. Other miscellaneous activities like accessing additional review resources (textbook and web resources), communicating with other students and the instructor, or studying for exams (variable).

General Education science laboratories are not easy. They really do require consistent effort. Your best chance of success is to have positive and regular engagement with your instructor and your fellow students in class and to keep on task (meeting deadlines and keeping up each week). As your instructor, I will do my best to provide you these opportunities. It will be up to you to step up and engage! I look forward to meeting all of you and having you meet each other.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding class format or content, remember your resources are the class website, videos, textbook, myself, and each other. ,/p>

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  Students helping each other in the lab.



  Students in the field.

For questions about this web page, contact Katryn Wiese