Summer Session Students

Summer Session 1

Summer Session 1, June 26 - August 4, 2023

  • All courses are open to students from any college or university.
  • Since these courses add up to 9-10 units, we encourage students to stay in on-site housing (additional fees apply for room + board at BML, see the FAQ), unless they have other accommodations within Sonoma County.
  • Scholarships available for study at BML: These scholarships are competitively awarded to excellent students who are in financial need to support their studies at BML. Open to UCD and non-UC Davis students. All undergraduate students – national, international, undocumented, AB540 – are eligible to apply for scholarships.
  • All of the courses have suggested *prerequisites. Please refer to the UCD General Catalog for specific course recommendations. *Note that prerequisites may be waived with instructor consent.
  • See Summer Session Frequently Asked Questions

Course Options

ETX/NUT 127 (10 units) Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms

Instructor: Christina Pasparakis

etx 127This class examines how pollutants impact the most sensitive life stages of marine organisms: their embryos and larvae. Students will gain experience in experimental aspects of reproduction and development of marine organisms and how environmental stress impacts these events. The course will include an intense lecture-lab component as well as an independent research project. ETX/NUT127 satisfies 10 units of the 24 units of Restricted Electives required for a chosen emphasis within the Environmental Toxicology major.


BIS 124 Coastal Marine Research (6 units) + EVE 114 Experimental Invertebrate Biology (3 units).

These two courses must be taken together, for a total of 9 units.

Instructor: Eric Sanford

Want to learn more about the remarkable diversity of tidepool animals that make their home on the rugged northern California coast?  Interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience while conducting your own research project? We will cover the biology, ecology, and evolution of local marine invertebrates with a focus on adaptations to environmental and biological factors encountered on the California coast. This set of integrated courses offers field trips and hands-on labs with an emphasis on testing hypotheses. Class experiments and independent research projects provide students with training and experience in all aspects of the research process including making observations, generating hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and scientific communication.

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