URI Narragansett Bay Classroom offering two graduate courses for educators

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Classroom will be offering two 3-graduate credit science courses for educators during the 2008/2009 academic year, both of which are approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education for Rhode Island certification requirements.

The Fall 2008 semester course, Oceanography for Educators, OCG 507, will be taught by marine scientists Gail Scowcroft and Christopher Knowlton of the Office of Marine Programs.

Oceanography for Educators is designed specifically for educators, and offers a breadth of information across the ocean science disciplines, including properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine biodiversity. Discussions will include geologic and ecologic history of Rhode Island’s coastal environments. Saturday field sessions will cover Rhode Island’s four distinct coastal ecosystems with hands-on field activities. Projects include the development of inquiry-based activities for classroom use.

The course will be held in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus. The eight classroom sessions begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 and will meet on Wednesday Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 and Nov. 5 and 19 from 4 to 6:30 pm. As well as three Saturday field sessions, meeting Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 and 18, from 9 am to 3 pm.

The fee for the course is $650 (an additional $150 fee paid separately to URI College of Continuing Education if requesting credit). Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required, please call 401-874-6211; do not register through URI’s e-Campus. Purchase of a textbook is also required.

Plan ahead for spring 2009 and register now for Global Environmental Change, OCG 508. This course covers a comprehensive suite of topics related to the Earth’s changing environments, including changes to the ocean and atmosphere and related implications for human health, society, and governments. For more information visit online at