7023 - Oceanography 1 - Class Information

Introduction to Oceanography

Summer 2009

3 Units, (UC: CSU)

This course introduces the student to the field of Oceanography. Major topics to be studied include the formation and evolution of the sea floor, islands and coastlines, the chemical and physical properties of sea water, motions of the sea (waves, tides and currents) and marine life. Special reference will be made to Southern California and the problems of human uses of the sea.

Prerequisites: None.


Gil Dewart, Ph.D.
Email: dewartg@hotmail.com
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 8:00 PM
(818) 364-7600, ext. 7152

Day  Campus  Time  Location
 Saturday   L.A.  Harbor College  9:00 A.M. - Noon   Northeast Academic Hall  Rm. 201 
 Saturday  L.A. City College   1:30  - 4:30 PM   AD, Rm. 301A
 Sunday  L.A.  Valley College    9:00 AM - Noon  Foreign Lang. Bldg., Rm. 102 
 Sunday  L.A.  Pierce College   1:30  - 4:30 PM  Village Bldg. Rm. 8101

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Oceanography, An Invitation to Marine Science 
  • Author: Garrison, Tom S.
  • Edition: 6/E, 2007 
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning
  • ISBN: 978-0-49511-344-7


The Endless Voyage Study Guide
  • Author: Billeter and Given
  • Edition: 3/E, 2007
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning
  • ISBN: 978-0-49519-070-7

Textbooks may be purchased at the CityMssion, Valley, and Pierce bookstores.

Textbooks are available in the college libraries.  Most libraries have the texts on Reserve, (two hour use, in the library) some libraries have copies in the General Collection.  Individual Library Policies apply and they may be different at each campus.Generally, students must have a valid student ID for the campus they intend to use to check out or use library materials. For example, to check out books from Pierce College Library students must have a valid Pierce College Student ID.  Students who enrolled only in ITV classes may obtain a Mission College ID through the Admissions Office at Mission College.


All videos are closed captioned.

The Endless Voyage

Each video combines on-location footage with computer graphics in a way that is both engaging and informative. Individual case studies focus on polar and tropical extremes, an ongoing coastal project, and life at a major research institution. Learners will also hear from leading scientists and academicians whose work has helped define the field of oceanography.

Where to Watch Videos

Cable Channel LA36

Video broadcasts are available on cable channel LA36. For the broadcast schedule click link below.

Buy the Videos

Videos may be purchased at the Pierce College Bookstore. or LA Mssion College Bookstore.

Watch the Videos on Campus

Videos may be viewed at the Learning Resource Centers of:

Los Angeles City College
East Los Angeles College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Pierce College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
West Los Angeles College

You must bring your Student ID or fee receipt with you to watch them.

Online Course Website

June. 15th is the official start date of the term. If you enrolled after that date, you can expect a delay of 2-3 business days in accessing the class website.

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