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The minor in Ocean & Earth Sciences is designed for students who wish to supplement their major course of study with coursework in this field. Juniors and seniors with declared majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics are eligible to enter the minor program. Students wishing to pursue the minor may elect to emphasize any aspect of geology, or biological, chemical, or physical oceanography.
The minor allows students to supplement their major course of study with coursework in the field of ocean and earth sciences.
General survey of physical, geological, chemical and biological oceanography. The application of skills from mathematics, geology, physics, biology and chemistry for the solution of oceanographic problems. Prerequisites: MATH 211 or MATH 205, BIOL 121N or BIOL 136N and BIOL 122N or BIOL 137N, CHEM 121N-CHEM 122N, OEAS 111N, and PHYS 111N or PHYS 231N.
This course will present basic ecological principles relevant to water pollution and ecotoxicology. Topics will include runoff, eutrophication, water and sewage treatment, industrial waste, oil pollution, pesticides, and plastics in the sea. Case studies provide focal points for consideration of issues in making decisions and setting policy. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C. Pre- or corequisites: a grade of C or better in OEAS 306.
This course introduces the concepts of paleontology. Topics include: the concept of time; taphonomy and fossil types; fossil lagerstaetten; biomineralization; functional morphology and bauplans; paleontological versus biological species concept; biofilms; morphospace and adaptive landscapes; evolution of main invertebrate groups; paleoecology; extinction dynamics; and human evolution and the Anthropocene. Two field trips are recommended. Prerequisite: OEAS 112N.
Students entering the Minor program in Ocean & Earth Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students with majors in other disciplines should consult with the OEAS chief departmental advisor before applying to the program since specific course prerequisites for upper division courses in the minor will be strictly enforced.
To declare this minor, a student must have already declared a major and have a minimum GPA of 2.00. Students must declare the Ocean and Earth science minor with the chief departmental advisor (CDA). To successfully complete the minor, a student must complete 12 credit hours of OEAS coursework at the 300 and/or 400 level. The following courses do not satisfy the minor requirements: OEAS 302, OEAS 402, and OEAS 426. Students must receive a C or better in each course taken for the minor including prerequisites, and a minimum of six credit hours must be completed at Old Dominion University.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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