Dr. Adrienne Oakley

Dr. Adrienne Oakley

Assistant Professor
Geology and Marine Science
136 Boehm Science Building
(484) 646-4334

Introduction to Geology (GEL 020/021)

An introduction to the study of the earth, physical geology includes the study of the formation of common rocks and minerals, of the structure of the surface of the earth, and of geological processes that create the surface landscape. Human considerations such as energy, mineral deposits and environmental hazards are also examined. Laboratory work includes the study of rocks and minerals, and the study of topographic maps and landforms. This course does not satisfy major, concomitant or specialization requirements for secondary education science and/or liberal arts science majors. (General education course. Prerequisites: None.)

Introduction to Oceanography (GEL/MAR 110)

An introductory course designed to introduce students to the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the oceans and to the methods and techniques of this rapidly expanding field. Emphasis is placed on lab and at-sea assignments which focus the students' attention on the interrelationship and unity of oceanography, and its relation to other environmental sciences. (Science and secondary education majors. Prerequisites: None.)

Sophomore Seminar (MAR 210)

This course provides students with fundamental skills necessary to be successful in the marine sciences. The course covers the identification and analysis of scientific literature, data analysis and presentation, research presentations, and scientific writing skills. It also provides early career guidance for students in the marine sciences with respect to pursuit of an advanced degree or the process of finding a job right after graduation. Offered every fall semester. (Prerequisites: MAR 110; 30 or more credits; or instructor's consent.)

Physical Oceanography (MAR 364)

This course is a study of the physical properties of the oceans which include: mass and energy budgets; the cause, nature, measurement, analysis and prediction of tides, currents and waves, and basic instrumentation used in field work. (Prerequisites: MAR 110 and PHY 040/042; PHY 100/102, MAT 105, and MAT 106; MAT 115; or MAT 271.)

Marine Geology (GEL/MAR 366)

A study of the structural and sedimentary environments of the continental shelf, slopes, and ocean basins. The crustal structure of the earth and its relation to the sedimentary record and geologic history of the ocean is examined. Sampling and laboratory procedures used by marine geologists are introduced. (Prerequisites: GEL 100, MAR 110, or instructor's consent.)

Field-based Marine Geology (GEL/MAR 366)

Taught through the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island. Sedimentary and tectonic characteristics of the continental margins and deep ocean basins; principles and processes of sediment transport and deposition in the marine environment; applications of geophysical methods at sea; marine mineral resources. This is a hands-on, field-intensive course. A significant amount of course time is spent in the field (both on and offshore) collecting data and samples and making observations. Students will then work in the laboratory to further identify and analyze field collected data. On average students will spend at least ten hours per week in the field, at least five in the laboratory and at least five on lecture. (Prerequisites: A college-level oceanography and/or introductory geology class.)

Senior Seminar in Marine Science (MAR 380)

Readings and discussions in the area of the individual student's interest in preparation for the comprehensive examination in marine science. Required of all liberal arts students majoring in marine science. (Prerequisites: senior-level standing.)