Summer Session 2

Summer Session in the Lab

COVID-19 UPDATE: While UC Davis plans to return to primarily in-person instruction starting fall 2021, we are not yet sure what Summer Session 1 and 2 will look like at BML. We will update our website and contact all applicants as new information becomes available.

Summer Session 2, August 2 – September 10, 2021

  • Students can enroll in any combination of courses as long as they do not exceed 10 units. Courses are scheduled such that they do not overlap. Students will need to indicate which courses they intend to enroll in on the Summer Session 2 application (due April 1, 2021). See more information here.
  • All courses are open to students from any college or university.
  • Some courses are appropriate for commuting students as they will be offered one day/week (you can commute from Davis or other Bay Area cities, or within Sonoma County). Please see info below.
  • Scholarships available for study at BML: These fellowships 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. Students need to enroll in at least 6 units to qualify.
  • For all other courses, 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.
  • 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

GEL/ESP 150C (4 units) Biological Oceanography - This course will not be offered during Summer 2021

barnaclesInstructor: Tessa Hill Biological topics from phytoplankton and primary production to zooplankton, fisheries and major marine habitats. Ecology of communities such as intertidal, shelf benthic, deep-sea and the open ocean. The course will focus on existing knowledge and contemporary research questions, as well as human impacts and conservation. This course will include lectures, group projects, field and lab work. (Mon/Wed)

ESP 152 (3 units) Coastal Oceanography

wavesInstructor. John Largier This introduction to the oceanography of coastal and estuarine waters adopts an environmental oceanography perspective. The focus is on transport patterns — how material is transported by moving water, the forces accounting for water motion, and the implications of this transport for ecological and environmental issues. Elements of physical, chemical and biological oceanography are integrated in a west-coast emphasis and with clear links to applications.  Lectures form the core of the class, enhanced by field and lab activities and plus group discussion and homework sets. (Tues)

EVE 120 (3 units) Global Change Ecology

intertidalInstructor: Brian Gaylord Treatment of historical evolution of the biosphere resulting from physical, chemical, and biological influences. Special focus upon changes caused by humans. Topics pertain to biodiversity, resources, conservation, and ecosystem services. This course is offered 1 day/week so it is open to commuting or resident students. (Thurs)


ESP 124 (3 units) Marine and Coastal Field Ecology

Marine and Coastal Field EcologyInstructor: Steven Morgan Hands-on learning using the scientific process to address ecological questions posed in the field, classroom and discussions of scientific publications while learning about the ecology of diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the California coast. Taught one day per week (Friday) so it serves both resident and commuting students. Introductory ecology recommended. GE credit, field experience, scientific writing experience.

EVE/ESP 111 (1 unit) Marine Environmental Issues

Marine Environmental IssuesInstructor: BML faculty, to be determined Readings and group discussion of critical environmental issues in coastal waters, and participation in a research seminar with visiting researchers. The course will connect material from concurrent courses at BML and provide students with an integrative understanding of marine environments and conservation. This course is offered 1day/week (Weds) so is open to commuting or resident students.

Students interested in a research experience may also elect to pursue mentored research projects by applying through the following:

EVE/BIS/ESP/GEL 199 (1-3 units) Research Units

Research UnitsInstructor: BML faculty, to be determined Research projects by consent of instructor. If you are interested in pursuing an independent research project, please fill out the appropriate section on the Summer Session application to be matched with a potential mentor.