Undergraduate Programs in Marine Science

Undergraduates at UC Davis interested marine science and oceanography have several options for degree programs and courses. All of these programs encourage you to gain field experience (through courses at Bodega Marine Laboratory), and provide opportunities for independent research and/or internship experiences.

These options include:

  • The new Marine & Coastal Science Major: The major in Marine and Coastal Science focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of marine sciences by exposing students to core, breadth, and focus area courses in the discipline, in addition to a strong foundation of science preparatory material. 
  • The Oceanography Minor: Oceanography is the study of the earth's oceans, investigating connections between geological, biological, chemical and physical processes in the marine realm, and the interactions between the Earth's ocean/atmosphere system. The interdisciplinary minor in oceanography is for students with backgrounds in any of these fields, as well as those interested in marine policy and conservation. 
  • The Biological Sciences Marine Biology Area of Emphasis: The UC Davis Division of Biological Sciences offers an area of emphasis in Marine Biology within the Biological Sciences major. This program of courses is designed for students interested in careers in aquatic or marine biology, and includes a field component in which students take classes and perform independent research at the University’s Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, CA.

Photo credit: Pano Santos/Bodega Marine Reserve

Students looking at a tidepool