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Spring 2014  BIOLOGY 242 INTRO TO OCEANOGRAPHY (3.0 units)

Section 4131         Class Begins January 21, 2014

Course Description

This course is designed to study the geology, chemistry, physics and biology of the world's oceans. This course is transferable to UC and CSU and may be used to help fulfill general education requirements in biology.

Recommended Prep: (if needed) English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Alan West
  • Phone: 707.468.3124
  • Email: (After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.)
  • Textbook Information:  Oceanography, An Invitation to Marine Science, Garrison, 7th ed. ISBN 0-495-39193-X
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 to 12 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: None
  • Assignments & Tests: See the course syllabus.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.