Summer Session in the Lab

COVID-19 Update: Bodega Marine Laboratory is currently planning for in-person instruction for our 2022 Summer Session classes. We will update our website and contact all applicants if new information becomes available.

Summer Session 2: August 1– September 9, 2022

  • 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 4, 2022). 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 per week (you can commute from Davis or other Bay Area cities, or within Sonoma County).
  • Housing is available at BML’s on-site dormitory (additional fees apply for room and board at BML, see FAQ). Students can request housing in their application.
  • Scholarships are 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. 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 for more information.

Course Descriptions

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)

GEL/ESP 150C (4 units) Biological Oceanography

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)

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.


These courses will not be offered during Summer 2022

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.