Marine Biology Area of Emphasis

The UCD 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. BML and the UCD Graduate Group in Ecology also offer opportunities for graduate students in marine ecology.

Marine Biology Are of Emphasis Requirements (13-19 units total)

Students choose to complete Biological Sciences 105 or 102+103 for this emphasis.

Field requirement: Students must take Evolution and Ecology 100 to satisfy Field requirement (a), and Evolution and Ecology 101 to satisfy Field requirement (b), and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 102 or 141 to satisfy Field requirement (d).

(1) Ocean Processes (3-4 units) from Biological Sciences 122; Environmental Science and Policy 124, 152; Environmental Science and Policy/ Geology116N, 150A, 150B, 150C; Evolution and Ecology 115; Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 157

(2) Marine Organismal Biology (3-5 units) At least 3 units from Animal Science 119, 131; Evolution and Ecology 106, 110, 112+112L, 114; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 141; Plant Biology 118; Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 120+120L, 121

(3) Immersion Requirement (7-10 units) One field/lab/research course or course combination taken during the spring quarter or summer sessions at Bodega Marine Laboratory from the three options listed below, or equivalent; requires residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Option 1 (7-8 units) Choose one course from each of the following groups:

A. Environmental Science and Policy 124, 152; Evolution and Ecology 106, 110, 114; Geology 150C (3-4 units)

B. Biological Sciences 124 (3 units)

C. Environmental Science and Policy/ Evolution and Ecology 111 (1 unit)

Option 2 (10 units)

Environmental Toxicology/Nutrition 127 (10 units)

Option 3 (8 units) Choose one course from each of the following two groups:

A. Biological Sciences 122; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 14 1 (3 units)

B. Biological Sciences 122P; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 141P (5 units)

Each course may only be used in satisfaction of one area of emphasis or field requirement.

For additional information contact: Jay Stachowicz, 530-752-1113, or a Biological Sciences Major Adviser at the Biology Academic Success Center.