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In its most simple form, oceanography is an Earth science that focuses on the study of the oceans. More specifically, it is the application of physics, chemistry and biology to the study of the seas, including its living and non-living contents and how they interact with the atmosphere and surrounding land.
Oceanography is typically divided into four specific areas of study, including geological oceanography (the structure of the sea floor and how it has changed); chemical oceanography (the chemical composition of sea water, how it has changed and how to extract certain chemicals from it); physical oceanography (waves, tides, currents, and how the ocean affects our climate); and biological oceanography (various oceanic life forms and how they adapt to the marine environment and interact with each other).
Oceanography courses at Cuyamaca College include: