Marine Chemistry

Course Number: OCOR - 5605

This course is one of the five "core" courses required for all master's specialties. The class will review the properties and composition of seawater; the importance, distribution, relationships and cycling of major inorganic nutrients; dissolved gases; trace metals; and organic compounds. A self-paced laboratory is included in the course activities. Problem solving is supplemented with interactive microcomputer work.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Understand and apply the concepts of salinity and constancy of composition of the major seawater ions.

  2. Estimate the salinity of seawater by various physical and chemical methods.

  3. Compare and contrast the physical properties of seawater and fresh water.

  4. Determine dissolved oxygen concentrations in and rates of change in seawater, and properly evaluate the ecological meaning of the results.

  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the importance, major forms, distribution, measurement and cycling of inorganic forms of phosphate, nitrogen and silicate and trace elements in the sea.

  6. Understand, apply and interpret ratios of carbon, oxygen, phosphorus, nitrogen and silicate according to the Redfield ratios.

  7. Correctly determine the pH of seawater by electrochemical means, and interpret the meaning of pH fluctuations in biological or ecological terms.

  8. Calculate the concentrations and fluctuations of the major components of the CO2 system from pH/alkalinity data, and interpret the results in biological or ecological terms.

  9. Describe the general categories and importance of trace elements and dissolved organic matter and in the sea.

Textbook: (Recommended)

Millero, FJ. 2006. Chemical Oceanography, 3rd Ed. Taylor and Francis Group.
ISBN: 978-0-8493-2280-4

Fall 2013 Syllabus

Oceanography Library Course Guide