The Sea

Lifelong learning – 7.5 credits, Course code GG1005
Start Fall term period 1
Language: English

Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface, yet they are scarcely known. The course offers an introduction to different circulation patterns, sediment types, environments and organisms in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic Seas. Included is also a visit to the Askö field station of the Marine Research Centre. We will travel on the research vessel of the Marine Research Station, core sediments from the bottom of the Baltic Sea and study the instruments which are commonly used by researchers. Thereby we will obtain a deeper insight into the oceanographic, sedimentological and ecological conditions which are specific for the Baltic Sea.

The Schedule for the HT17 is now available.


Course Director
Eve ArnoldEve Arnold
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Admission requirements

General entry requirements, but most of all an interest for those 2/3 of the Earth’s surface which are covered by water.

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The course is given every year during the autumn term (2016, 2017, etc) – with approximately 10 evening lectures.

The schedule for the HT17 is now available.

You can also access the schedule via TimeEdit.

Course literature

Authors: Trujillo & Thurman, 2013

Essentials of Oceanography
Pearson New International Edition, 11th Edition
ISBN-10 1-292-04978-2, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04978-6, e-book
ISBN-10 1-292-04100-5, ISBN-13 978-1-292-04100-1, print

Warning: Make sure to buy the international edition. The US/Canadian version will cost twice as much for the same information!
Earlier versions of the book can also be used.

Course material


– Preliminary Field Trip Info HT17

– Exkursionsbetalning (not available yet)



is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:

A = Excellent
B = Very good
C = Good
D = Satisfactory
E = Sufficient
Fx = Insufficient
F = Entirely insufficient

The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

Department of Geological Sciences
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden | Phone: +46 (0)8 16 20 00 | Web administrator ines.jakobsson[at]
In case of emergency call (08) 16 22 16 or (08) 16 42 00