Marine Science courses

MSCI 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Marine Science. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MSCI 208: Small Boat Certification

This lecture/activity course meets Scientific Boating Safety Association (SBSA) and Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC) guidelines. Students are trained in the safe use of CSUMB's small, trailerable research vessels. Lessons include trailering, launching, outboard motor operation, basic navigation, Coast Guard regulations, and emergency procedures. This course is required as part of the certification for boat use by CSUMB students. A course fee may be required. (Prereq or Coreq: MSCI 270)

Units: 1 — 4

MSCI 270: Introduction to Oceanography

Introduction to the major physical, chemical, biological, and geological features and processes of the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. Special emphasis is placed on developing an integrated understanding of physical and biological processes and the interactions of people with the marine environment. (Prereq: MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) and CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

MSCI 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Marine Science. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy

Culminates in a summatively-assessed research poster presentation session. Advances college-level reading, writing, speaking, listening, evaluating, and decision-making skills while refining writing and speaking skills with a focus on purpose and clarity to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Emphasizes the writing process to develop clear and appropriate texts, visuals, presentations, and a research paper for a poster session. Advances critical listening skills. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and GE Area A3 and (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 240) and GE Area D2]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 310: Small Boat Field Techniques

Students use CSUMB's small trailerable research vessels as platforms for off-shore environmental sampling, ROV operations, scuba diving, and other boat-based marine and fresh water research techniques. Prior small boat certification required. A course fee may be required. [Prereq: (MSCI 270: Introduction to Oceanography (3 units) or MSCI 271) and (PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 331: Ecological Physiology

An in-depth examination of the major physiological adaptations of marine organisms, including thermoregulation, respiration, circulation, water balance, acid-base balance, metabolism and energetics. Emphasis will be placed on how organisms are adapted to optimize physiological function under a variety of environmental conditions. We will also focus on the effects of environmental change on marine organismal physiology in the context of climate change (global warming, acidification, hypoxia). [Prereq: (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units)) and (PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units) or PHYS 221: Physics II (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 340: Marine Ecology

This course will provide an overview of key concepts in marine ecology and familiarize students with local marine ecosystems (rocky shores, kelp beds, estuarine wetlands, and mud flats). [(Prereq: BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units)) and (Prereq: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) or Coreq: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 341: Conservation Genetics

This course will examine mechanisms and models of population genetics and evolutionary biology. The course will focus on how these methods get used and applied to conservation and management of marine resources. [Prereq: (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units)) and MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science

The course provides an introduction to the design and analysis of studies conducted in marine systems. Students will acquire training in the use of multiple statistical techniques and appropriate statistical packages that can be used to analyze data from the marine environment. [Prereq: STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and (BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) or BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) or MSCI 340: Marine Ecology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 359S: Marine Science in the Community

Marine Science in the Community, a service learning course, introduces students to human and community social justice (and injustice) issues related to local and global ocean interfaces. Thirty hours of direct service with organizations involved in protecting marine environments will be the basis for class discussions on how class, ethnicity, language, economic and educational status relate to ocean health. Besides service, this class will require journaling, readings, and panel discussion. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and GE Area D3 and (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) or BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units))]

Units: 5 — 5

MSCI 370: Biological-Physical Oceanography

Advanced biological and physical oceanographic topics from phytoplankton to fisheries across estuaries and the open ocean. Students will learn principles of biological and physical oceanography, with an emphasis on physical processes and their ecological implications. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and MSCI 270: Introduction to Oceanography (3 units)) and (PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units)) and (Prereq or Coreq: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 380: Scientific Diving Techniques

This course will provide an introduction to the techniques for conducting scientific research underwater using SCUBA, including transects, quadrats, behavioral observations, videography and photography, and many others. In addition to lectures and pool training sessions, there will be a significant number of open water dives. The course will provide the 100 hours of required training for scientific divers as prescribed by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). [Prereq: (KIN 282: Advanced SCUBA Rescue (1 units) and KIN 282L: Advanced SCUBA Rescue Lab (1 units)) and (Coreq or Prereq: KIN 283: Master Diver Certification (1 units) and KIN 283L: Master Diver Certification Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Marine Science. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

MSCI 430: Marine Experimental Physiology

This course uses a group project approach to address a real-world marine environmental physiology problem. This course will increase knowledge retention and integration of concepts in marine science, physiology and biology, and teach students what it is like to work in a research laboratory setting. Includes group capstone project option. [Prereq: STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and (MSCI 331: Ecological Physiology (4 units) or BIO 330: Vertebrate Physiology (3 units)) and (BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 433: Seafloor Mapping

Project-based course applies advanced technologies for data acquisition, analysis, and display to current marine research initiatives and environmental issues. Hands-on application of sidescan and multibeam sonar, geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative video habitat mapping, computer modeling, remote sensing, image processing, hydrographic mapping, and Global Positioning System (GPS). (There may be a course fee associated with this course) [Prereq: ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units) and (PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science (3 units) or PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 434: Advanced Marine Technology

Project-based course in which students apply advanced technologies to current marine research initiatives and environmental issues. Students gain hands-on experience with advanced tools for acquisition, analysis, and display of ocean science data. Projects vary by semester. (There may be a course fee associated with this course.) [Prereq: ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and (MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units)) and (PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science (3 units) or PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 437: Ocean Instrumentation Projects

This is a project-based course requiring previous experience with electronics and microcontroller programming. Students work in groups to evaluate and improve the performance of subsea sensors, ROVs, or other instrumentation used to collect data for applied marine science research. Grading is based primarily on written reports. Course project may be used as a course-based capstone project. (Prereq: PHYS 330: Robotics for Ecological Research (4 units) or Instructor Consent)

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 445: Projects in Marine Ecology

Marine Ecology 445 is a lecture and field-based exploration of marine ecological concepts and theory using the diverse ecosystems of Monterey Bay as a living laboratory. Students witness and learn how organisms interact with one another and their environments, and see how these factors govern the distribution and abundance of species within marine systems. This group project-based course can fulfill the Marine Science major capstone requirement with co-enrollment in MSCI 410: Marine Science Group Capstone (1 units). [(Prereq: (BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) or MSCI 340: Marine Ecology (4 units)) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 455: Marine Fish Ecology

Course explores the ecology of marine fishes and associated conservation and management efforts. Focuses upon fish distribution and the environmental drivers underlying that distribution in California and other locales. Students complete a semester-long project involving field sampling along the central coast using a suite of tools, including remotely operated vehicles, towed camera sleds, and SCUBA. Course project may be used as a course-based capstone project.  [(Prereq: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) AND (MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units)) AND (Prereq or Coreq: (MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science (4 units) or ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 470: Science Policy and Management in the Marine Environment

This course draws from multiple disciplines to address first hand issues of science and science policy management integration in the marine environment. (Prereq: BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) and BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) and MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 474: Marine Landscape Ecology

Course covers the theory and application of landscape ecology to studies of the marine environment. Students will be introduced to the use of mapping and statistical tools that can be used in studies focused on understanding how marine landscapes drive patterns of species distribution and abundance. (Prereq: ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units) and MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) and MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 475: Marine Conservation Biology

This course covers the science and issues surrounding the loss of marine species and habitats resulting from overexploitation, habitat loss, species introductions, climate change, and other threats. Students will examine the science behind management decisions, especially place-based management, and will develop a group capstone project addressing marine conservation within the Monterey Bay area. [Prereq: MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) and (BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) or BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 477: Global Change Biology

This course examines how the biosphere (plants, animals and ecosystems) is responding to unprecedented rates of anthropogenic climate change. Lectures cover physical drivers and biological consequences of climate change in Earths' biomes from pole to pole, marine, aquatic and terrestrial. Emphasis is placed on reading and synthesizing scientific journal articles and interpretation of climate change data. [Prereq: (BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) or MSCI 331: Ecological Physiology (4 units)) and MSCI 370: Biological-Physical Oceanography (4 units)]

Units: 3 — 3

MSCI 480: Kelp Forest Ecology

Focuses on local kelp forest ecosystems of Monterey Bay through lectures that are supplemented with SCUBA dives at local dive sites. Fieldwork will allow the class to qualitatively and quantitatively examine local kelp forest ecology through a group capstone project or individually directed research projects. [Prereq: (MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) and MSCI 380: Scientific Diving Techniques (4 units)) and (BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) or BIO 340: Ecology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 485: Marine Biogeography of California

SCUBA-based group capstone course involves the collection and analysis of data on fishes and invertebrates from across CA. Focuses on biogeographical patterns of the subtidal zone. This course requires field trips on weekends and dates when classes are not normally in session. Dive sites may be located inside many of CA's marine protected areas. A final project combines data collected by each student into a single, comprehensive analysis. Course fee may be required. [Prereq: (MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units)) and MSCI 380: Scientific Diving Techniques (4 units) and (BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units) or BIO 340: Ecology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 490: Marine Science Honors Capstone

Student works with advisor(s) to complete a Marine Science Honors Capstone project, including a written product and some form of presentation (including an oral presentation and/or a poster presentation). The precise structure of the course will vary among advisors. Students must have an approved research project prior to enrolling in this course.

Units: 2 — 4

MSCI 495: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Marine Science. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MSCI 505: Current Topics in Marine Science

Students read and dissect contemporary papers from the primary marine science literature.

Units: 1 — 4

MSCI 530: Marine Experimental Physiology

This course uses a group project approach to address a real-world marine environmental physiology problem. This course will increase knowledge retention and integration of concepts in marine science, physiology and biology, and teach students what it is like to work in a research laboratory setting.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 533: Seafloor Mapping

(Formerly titled Applied Remote Sensing for Coastal & Marine Systems) Seafloor Mapping: Applies current hydrographic survey techniques to marine habitat mapping. Utilizes the CSUMB Seafloor Mapping Lab seafloor mapping system and vessel for survey design, data acquisition, analysis, and display. Technologies include sidescan sonar, multibeam bathymetry, hydrographic survey design, ROV, acoustic tracking, motion correction, GIS, GPS and vessel navigation.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 534: Advanced Marine Technology

Project-based course in which students apply advanced technologies to current marine research initiatives and environmental issues. Students gain hands-on experience with advanced tools for acquisition, analysis, and display of ocean science data. Projects vary by semester. (There may be a course fee associated with this course.)

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 545: Marine Ecological Systems

Examines the fundamentals of marine ecology, emphasizing experimental design and use of technologies that are appropriately scaled to answer management questions. Lectures emphasize the processes contributing to the structure and organization of marine communities, the role of humans as a major source of disturbance, and the efficacy of current management paradigms. Laboratories emphasize current technologies and analytical approaches used in the study of sub-tidal marine communities.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 555: Marine Fish Ecology

Explores the ecology of marine fishes and associated conservation and management. Focuses upon fish distribution and the environmental drivers underlying that distribution in California and other locales. Students will complete a semester-long project involving field sampling along the central coast using a suite of tools, including remotely operated vehicles, towed camera sleds, and SCUBA. Students must have completed coursework in marine biology and ecology. (Cross-listed with MSCI 455: Marine Fish Ecology (4 units)).

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 574: Marine Landscape Ecology

Course covers the theory and application of landscape ecology to studies of the marine environment. Students will be introduced to the use of mapping and statistical tools that can be used in studies focused on understanding how marine landscapes drive patterns of species distribution and abundance.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 575: Marine Conservation Biology

This course covers the science and issues surrounding the loss of marine species and habitats resulting from overexploitation, habitat loss, species introductions, climate change, and other threats. Students will examine the science behind management decisions, especially place-based management, and will develop a group capstone project addressing marine conservation within the Monterey Bay area.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 585: Marine Biogeography of California

Collection and analysis of data on fishes and invertebrates from across CA. Focuses on biogeographical patterns of the subtidal zone. This course requires field trips on weekends and dates when classes are not normally in session. Dive sites may be located inside many of CA's marine protected areas. A final project combines data collected by each student into a single, comprehensive analysis. Course fee may be required.

Units: 4 — 4

MSCI 595: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Marine Science. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

MSCI 597: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

MSCI 645: Advanced Marine Science and Policy

Draws on the tenets of marine conservation biology, and related disciplines, to prepare scientists for engagement in policy formulation and management at a variety of levels. Provides a detailed assessment of the field of marine conservation biology, link ecological processes to threats and solutions, and define the human and legal dimensions of marine conservation. Explores specific conservation scenarios with case studies from the Monterey Bay region and beyond.

Units: 4 — 4