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    College of William & Mary
   
 
  Oct 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MSCI 401B - Fundamentals of Marine Science, Chemical Oceanography


Fall (2) Beck Prerequisite(s): MSCI 330  or BIOL 230  or GEOL 330 , and CHEM 103  or permission of instructor

This course presents an overview of the chemistry of estuaries and the ocean including chemical processes that occur in marine sediments and at the air/sea interface. Discussion topics will include the chemical properties of seawater, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, the seawater carbonate system and ocean acidification, the global and oceanic carbon and nitrogen cycles, ion speciation, trace metals, and nutrients, sediment diagenesis, and fundamentals of radioisotope and stable isotope biogeochemistry. Interdisciplinary applications are emphasized. MSCI 401B requires co-registration with the relevant MSCI 401R.