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Course format On-site
Datum 2020-08-10 - 2020-12-18

The course covers the following main topics: Ocean morphology. Freshwater and seawater physical and chemical properties. Properties of the history and basic principles for the explanation of atmospheric conditions, climate, wind-driven and thermohaline ocean currents, waves, tides and the spread of contaminants. Descriptive oceanography with emphasis on the North Atlantic, Polar areas and Norwegian coastal and fjord areas. Oceanographic determinants for sea life.


Admission to the course follows the admission requirement in the bachelor program in biology.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The student should have knowledge and understanding of

  • lakes and oceans as an environment for living organisms
  • physical processes in lakes and oceans


The student should be able to:

  • define and use key concepts in basic physical oceanography
  • to account for modern methods of data collection
  • apply basic physical knowledge to explain key issues related to freshwater and seawater as an environment for living organisms

General competence

The student should:

  • be able to adopt a critical stance towards 'taken for granted' or common-sense understandings of oceans as physical environments
  • be able to analyze textual material from a wide range of sources on this subject
  • be able to pursue further studies in science with a view to a desired career in the future
  • transfer and use relevant skills in a future workplace context


ISCED Categories

Fysische en chemische oceanografie