Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Tropeck


Instructed by: Mr. T. Tropeck, Burgettstown Area H.S.

Period 8

Planning Period 6 



Course Syllabus



This advanced earth science course will explore numerous aspects pertaining to the field of Oceanography and how they interact with one another. The oceans cover over 2/3 of the Earth's surface. This course introduces you to basic oceanographic concepts such as plate tectonics, marine sediments, physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, air-sea interactions, waves, tides, nutrient cycles in the ocean, biology of the oceans, and environmental issues related to the marine environment. We will also discuss the impact that climate change is having on our oceans around the world. Scientific inquiry will be stressed,and assessments will be made through class discussions, activities, student presentations, formal exams, and projects.  



COURSE EXPECTATIONS: Students will be expected to be active participants in all classroom activities and discussions. A sense of teamwork and mutual respect within the classroom is necessary to create a positive working atmosphere thus, educational prosperity can be achieved. This course demands that students be prepared for class by coming into the classroom with open thoughts of creativity, imagination and curiosity about the continuously changing Earth and its oceans. In order to achieve the goals of this course, students must be present and maintain respect for all aspects within the classroom; focus, ability to follow directions, teamwork and most importantly safety rules and procedures. 


Cell phone use is not permitted during class. Therefore, all cell phones should remain on the cell phone cart/ out of sight  for the duration of the class period, unless permission is granted. 


GRADING:  Academic evaluation in this oceanography course is achieved on a system based on weighted assessments and assignments. The course academic evaluation is based on the following weighting system: Formal Assessments 70%, Informal  Assessments 20% and S.T.E.M./ Exploratory Activities 10%. An important fact that should be stressed to all students classroom discussions/ hands learning is a very important aspect of classroom learning. 



  • RESPECT: Respect for the instructor, other students, their opinions and school property will be expected of all students. “Treat others as you wish to be treated”


  • Students are expected to be in their seat with all learning materials present at the time the bell rings. If a student must return to his/her locker for materials, a tardy will be compiled on his or her classroom record. 


  • Students are to use the restroom, gather materials or sharpen pencils before the bell and classroom activities begin.


  • No personal electronic devices or outside of class focal points will be present during classroom activities. 


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