This course explores the relationship between marine ecosystems and physical and chemical oceanography, including units related to geology and the atmosphere. The course also introduces students to the fundamentals of marine biology. Topics include ecosystem dynamics, biological interactions, biogeochemical cycles, ocean stratification and circulation, and wave–shore interactions. For all topics, the interplay between natural phenomena and human activities is discussed. Finally, the course has a strong laboratory component and pursues interdisciplinary topics, including human cultural history. (Semester, .50 credit)