The course title for Honors Marine Science is actually Environmental Science from a Marine Perspective. Oceanography is the study of the oceans and related phenomena;
It is the science that studies physical, chemical, geological and biological processes within the Earth's oceans. The first semester is devoted to the ocean itself including tides, waves, currents, chemistry of seawater and seafloor bathymetry. The second semester is marine biology including plankton (floating organisms), nekton (swimming organisms) and benthos (bottom dwelling organisms).