Marine & Coastal Science major

B.S. Major Requirements:

Bdenotes courses only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory

Courses cannot be utilized to fulfill multiple requirements, with the exception that any Bodega Marine Laboratory course simultaneously fulfills the field requirement below.

Preparatory Subject Matter

51-63 UNITS

Biological Sciences 2A,B,C

15

Chemistry 2A,B,C

15

Mathematics 16A,B,C, 17A,B,C or 21A,B,C
Note: Students in Marine & Ecology & Organismal Biology Focus Area must take 17 series or 21A,B.

9-12

Physics 7A,B,C or 9A,B,C

12-15

Chemistry 8A,B for students in Marine Ecology & Organismal Bio Focus Area

6

EVE 12 and GEL 16 are strongly recommended.


Depth Subject Matter

46-97 UNITS

Geology 116N (Environmental Science & Policy 116N)

3

Statistics 100 or 102

4

Two courses from:

  • Geology150A (Environmental Science & Policy 150A),

  • Geology 150B (Environmental Science & Policy 150B),

  • BGeology150C (Environmental Science & Policy 150C)

7-8

Two courses from:

  • Atmospheric Sciences 120,

  • Environmental Science and Policy 100, 110,

  • Environmental Toxicology 101,

  • Evolution and Ecology 100, 101, 112+112L,

  • Hydrology 103N

8-9

Evolution & Ecology 111 (Environmental Science and Policy 111)

1

For Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology Focus Area:
Biological Sciences 101, 102+103 or 105, and 104

10-13


Focus Area Requirement
Complete at least four courses from one category below, totaling ≥12 units.

≥12 UNITS

  • Coastal Environmental Processes. Emphasis on processes and environments of the coastal zone, and the strong physical-biological connection that exists here. Courses highlight the critical terrestrial-marine interface and fundamental physical processes in the coastal zone.

    This focus area requirement can be fulfilled using: Atmospheric Sciences *121A, *121B, 158, Environmental Toxicology *102A, Environmental Science & Policy B152, 155, 155L, 166N, Geology *156, 182, Hydrology 103N, 134, *143, *144, Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology *157.

    *Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: Atmospheric Sciences 120, Math 21D, Chemistry 8B, Environmental Science and Policy 100, Hydrology 103N, Hydrology 141, Hydrology 145, Engineering: Civil and Environmental 144.
  • Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology. Focus on physiological adaptations to the marine environment, and the biology of marine species from the molecular to population levels. Courses include emphasis on the ecological processes that determine the distribution and abundance of marine organisms, and the patterns and mechanisms of evolution in the ocean.

    The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using: Animal Science *131, Biological Sciences B122, B122P, Environmental Science & Policy 100, 121, B124, *155, 155L, Evolution & Ecology 100, 101, * B106, 112, 112L, *B114, 115, Environmental Toxicology *B127, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior B141 and B141P, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology 120, 120L, 121, 122, 130

    *Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: Environmental Science and Policy 100, Evolution and Ecology 112, Wildlife Fish Conservation 120, Environmental Toxicology 101.
  • Marine Environmental Chemistry. Emphasis on major themes in marine chemistry, geochemistry, the carbon cycle, and contaminant fate and transport.

    The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using: Chemistry 100, Environmental Toxicology *101, *102A, *120, *B127, Civil & Environmental Engineering 140, 140L, Geology *148, 182, Hydrology 134, 141, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology 153

    *Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: Chemistry 8B, Geology 50, 60, Hydrology 145, Engineering: Civil and Environmental 144.

  • Oceans and the Earth System. A study of our changing oceans in the context of earth system history, including climate change, paleoceanography, ecological shifts, conservation, and marine policy.

    The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using: Atmospheric Sciences 116, Environmental Science and Management 120, 121, Environmental Science & Policy *110, 161, 162, 166N, *169, 198, Evolution & Ecology *120, Geology 107, 107L, 108, 109, 109L, 144, International Relations *131, Science & Society 120, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology 144, 154

    *Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: Atmospheric Sciences 60, Chemistry 8A,B, Geology 1, Economics 1A, Hydrology 145, Environmental Science & Management 100, International Relations 1

Breadth Requirement
Complete one course from each category below that is not the student's chosen Focus Area, totaling ≥8 units.

≥8 UNITS

  • Coastal Environmental Processes.
    The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses: Atmospheric Sciences 158, Environmental Science & Policy B152, *155, Geology 182, Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology *157
  • Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology.
    The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses: Environmental Science & Policy 124, *155, Evolution & Ecology * B106, * B114, 115, Environmental Toxicology *B127, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior B141+ B141P
  • Marine Environmental Chemistry.
    The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses: Environmental Toxicology *120, Chemistry 100, Geology 182, Hydrology 134, 141
  • Oceans and the Earth System.
    The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses: Atmospheric Sciences *116, Environmental Science & Policy 166N, Evolution & Ecology *120, Geology 107, 108, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology 144, 154

*Some course may require additional prerequisites (see above).


Field Requirement

3-14 UNITS

The Field Requirement provides exposure to field techniques, experimental design, and the marine environment itself. It is highly recommended that students fulfill this requirement by residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory for one or more courses (see courses denoted with a B). Bodega Marine Laboratory courses may simultaneously fulfill an additional requirement in categories above.

Alternatively, students may fulfill the Field Requirement by taking two of the following courses (these courses cannot fulfill multiple requirements): Geology 109L, Evolution and Ecology 112L, 115, Environmental Science & Policy 123, 151L, Geology 182, Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology 100, 102L, 157.


Internship/Research

≥3 UNITS

The requirement can be fulfilled by enrollment in: Biological Sciences B124, Geology 192, Environmental Science & Policy 192, Evolution and Ecology 192, 199 or equivalent. This requirement can be fulfilled at any time prior to graduation but is recommended for Junior or Senior years.


The student’s chosen Focus Area will determine the college into which the student is admitted, the college where the degree is awarded, and the associated department (in parentheses), as listed below:

Coastal Environmental Processes: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Science & Policy)

Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology: College of Biological Sciences (Evolution & Ecology)

Marine Environmental Chemistry: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Toxicology)

Oceans and the Earth System: College of Letters and Science  (Earth and Planetary Sciences)