Course Descriptions

Biology

BIO 195: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science

An introduction to biomolecules, the structure and function of living cells, cell cycle, reproduction, evolution, and the diversity of organisms. Designed for Liberal Studies majors and science majors who need additional biology background to succeed in majors-level biology courses. [Prereq: GE Area B4]

Units: 3 — 4

BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology

First semester of a two-semester core biology series. Examines cell structure and function; cellular respiration and photosynthesis; cell signaling and reproduction; transmission and molecular genetics, transcription and translation; control of gene expression; biotechnology; comparative animal form and function; animal development. Enrollment conditional upon pre-assessment score, AP Biology exam score 4, or completion of BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units). Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) allowed if A- in CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units). [(Prereq: CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units)) and (Coreq: BIO 210L: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology Lab (1 units) or prior completion)]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 210L: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology Lab

The goals for this laboratory course are to develop a sound understanding and practice of laboratory safety and laboratory science, to expose students to the major techniques used in molecular biology laboratories, and to gain hands-on experience exploring the form and function of major animal organ systems. This course may have a lab fee. (Coreq: BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab

Required lab course for BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units). Focuses on biodiversity, evolution, plant biology and doing scientific research in ecology and plant physiology. Lab course fee may be charged. (Coreq: BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants

This is the second semester of the two-semester core biology sequence. Examines the diversity of life, the evolutionary processes that unites all life, the form and function of higher plants, and the ecological processes that govern the interactions of living and non-living components of the earth. These concepts will be grounded in an exploration of local biology and global climate change. [Prereq: BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)) and (GE Area A1) and (Coreq: BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 230: Environmental Biology

This course focuses on the conservation of biodiversity, evolutionary processes that affect conservation and restoration, and the ecological concepts that underlie many environmental issues. These concepts will be grounded in issues in sustainability with a focus on climate change. In addition, the systems nature of environmental issues will be woven through the course. Lab course fee may be charged. [Prereq: GE Area A1 and (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)) and (CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units) or FYS 121 and ENVS 201: Intro to Environmental Science (4 units) or FYS 124: Introduction to Environmental Science (4 units)) or CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 292: Professional Development for Scientists

This course is intended for students who will seek or are participating in undergraduate science internships. Students will explore opportunities for career development, create standard documents for applying to professional experiences, and develop their professional communication and networking skills. Students will also be introduced to campus services that support career development, including the Science Internship Program and the Career Development Center.

Units: 1 — 1

BIO 295: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 297: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology

Develops library research, writing, oral and critical analysis skills needed to link science to ethics in biology. Covers current issues that involve biology, ethics and society. Students develop a learning plan that integrates their Biology concentration, capstone and internship interests, and personal and professional goals. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and GE Area A2 and GE Area A3) and (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units)) or (BIO 242 or (Coreq: BIO 242)]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 310: Biochemistry I

Covers biomolecular structure and function, biological oxidation and reduction, metabolism including respiration and photosynthesis, membrane transport, and biotransformation. [Prereq: (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units)) and (CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry for Biologists (4 units) or CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units) or CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II (5 units))]

Units: 3 — 3

BIO 311: Genetics

This upper division course provides an in-depth, background in all areas of classic Mendelian genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, and molecular genetics. Students who successfully complete this course should be able to discuss and understand all of the above areas of genetics and have sufficient basic knowledge to successfully move on and master advanced topics in genetics. These outcomes will be achieved by learning how geneticists solve problems and make new discoveries. [Prereq: (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and 210L) and (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 320: Microbiology

Introduces the biology of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae, fungi), their significance as model systems for understanding fundamental cellular processes, and their role in human affairs. Also introduces the biological properties of bacterial and animal viruses, replication, methods of detection, interactions with host cells and multicellular hosts. (Prereq: BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 241)

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 322: Plant Pathology

Explores the biology and control of plant pathogens including fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes. Topics covered will include differences in pathogen morphology, the phylogenetics of plant pathogens, host plant resistance, and the epidemiology of plant pathogens. Course fee may be required. (Prereq: BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 332: Plant Physiology

Plant Physiology focuses on the structure and function of plants throughout their development from seeds through reproduction. Covers special plant adaptations, plant symbiotic relationships, hormones, nutrition, and biotic and abiotic plant stressors. Discussions and exercises will cover from the biochemical level through the organismal level with many practical examples in agricultural and ecological settings. (Prereq: BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

BIO 340: Ecology

Introduces ecological concepts and theory by exploring the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Monterey Bay. A systems approach teaches how organisms interact with one another and with the natural world around them. Emphasizes population, community, and ecosystem level ecology. [Prereq: (BIO 240 or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) or BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units)) and MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 341: Evolution Bio & Pop Genetics

Overview and explanation of evolutionary processes, ranging from microevolutionary changes in allelic frequency due to mutation, genetic drift, gene flow and natural selection to macroevolutionary processes such as speciation, extinction and the evolution of biodiversity. (Prereq: BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

BIO 342: Plant Communities of CA

Surveys terrestrial ecosystems across California. Emphasizes the biotic and abiotic factors that determine the extents of these ecosystems. Plant identification and distribution in ecosystems of the Monterey Bay area. May include one or more weekend field trips. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 240) or (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) and GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 344L: Environmental Biotechnology

Laboratory course covering techniques for prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA purification, amplification, subcloning, and sequence analysis, used in the context of providing earth systems information. Additional knowledge and skills acquired include microbial cell culture, primer design, proposal writing. Lab course fee may be charged. [Prereq: (BIO 210: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology (4 units) and BIO 210L: Molecular and Cell Biology and Animal Physiology Lab (1 units)) and (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 345: Marine Biology

Examines the biology, biodiversity, classification, ecology, and habitats of the world¿s living marine organisms with an emphasis on Monterey Bay species, habitats, issues, and research. An introductory oceanography course is recommended, but not required, prior to taking this course. [Prereq: (PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists (4 units) or PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units) or PHYS 221: Physics II (4 units)) and (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 347: Working with Marine Mammals

Explores current topics and careers working with marine mammals. Topics include practical knowledge of captive marine mammal husbandry (care and maintenance), training, basic physiology, an overview of common research topics and techniques, as well as public display, education, and current issues in marine mammalogy. Students intern at least one day at Moss Landing Marine Labs assisting in the care. (Offered through Extended Education.) (Prereq: BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units) or BIO 240)

Units: 3 — 4

BIO 348: Tech & Theory of Animal Train

Explores the field of animal training from a psychological and a technical perspective. Provides a theoretical background in relevant animal behavior and psychological principles related to the practical goal of modifying captive animal behavior. Topics include the history and ethics of animal use and training, and practical animal training techniques. Students intern at least one day at Moss Landing Marine Labs assisting in the care and training of research-trained sea lions. Fee charged for course materials. (Offered through Extended Education.)

Units: 3 — 4

BIO 356: Zoology Specimen Preparation

Preparation and care of animal specimens for museums/education. Students learn species identification, relaxation and wet preservation of marine invertebrates, pinning and mounting of insects, and preparation and preservation of salvaged mammals and birds for study skins. (Recommend prior completion of one or more of the following: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units), BIO 360: Natural History of California Wildlife (4 units), BIO 362: Field Ornithology (4 units), BIO 364: Mammology (4 units), BIO 366, BIO 420: Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4 units), or BIO 448: Freshwater Ecology (4 units)) [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units)) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units)]

Units: 2 — 2

BIO 360: Natural History of California Wildlife

Students learn about the ecology, evolution, and protection status of common or otherwise noteworthy mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish of central California. Lab/field components provide students with experience conducting wildlife surveys/research and aid development of field observation and identification skills. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units)) or (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) and ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 362: Field Ornithology

Field Ornithology introduces students to bird identification and field research techniques, and exposes them to broad concepts in avian biology. Lecture components of the course will cover avian diversity, evolutionary history, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Field and laboratory components of the course will train students in the practical application of standardized field methods, including census techniques, behavioral observations, and habitat measurements. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and BIO 211L: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants Lab (1 units)) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 364: Mammology

Concepts and skills related to the study of mammals. Lecture components (2 hours per week) will cover the origin, evolution, adaptation, biogeography, physiology, ecology, and behavior of mammals. Lab/field components (4 hours per week) will focus on the identification and classification of mammals and provide students with experience using standard field techniques to survey terrestrial mammals native to central California. Requires one or more weekend fieldtrips. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and 211L) or (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) and ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 378S: Health Sciences Service Learning

Through active work directly with people in medically underserved communities, students discover how class, ethnicity, language, and immigration status affect access to health care in the Monterey County. Through service, journaling, readings, and data analysis students will explore medical access issues and the factors that lead to social injustice and inequity. [Prereq: (GE Area A2 and GE Area A3 and GE Area B2) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 5 — 5

BIO 379S: Biology Service Learning

Addresses strategies for supporting equitable formal and informal educational opportunities and access to healthy natural environments for all, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, or economic background. Service learning placements in schools and other agencies help students deepen their understanding of basic biology principles and methodologies for facilitating learning by diverse students and community members. [Prereq: (GE Area A2 and GE Area A3 and GE Area B2) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 5 — 5

BIO 380: Practical Computing for Scientists

This course will focus on developing the base tool set for implementing advanced computing in the design and analysis of research projects. Content of the course is geared towards novice students (i.e. those with little or no previous programming experience) who will learn practical computational approaches to modern research questions by applying programming concepts and approaches to real data sets. Areas of study will focus on skills related to data manipulation, management, and analysis. [Prereq: STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and [(BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) and 211L) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 392: Biology Seminar Series

Upper division seminar course based on lectures from visiting faculty and biology professionals from Research 1 institutions, biotechnology, and other biology-related careers. Includes reading and critical analysis of peer reviewed literature, seminar and journal club discussion, and attendance in seminar series. May be repeated for credit up to three times. (Prereq: BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

BIO 394: Biology Internship

Students work with practicing professionals in the community in a volunteer or paid internship that requires biology skills. Academic credit is awarded for documented learning that takes place during the internship and that meets individualized and core internship outcomes. (Prereq: BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units))

Units: 1 — 3

BIO 395: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 397: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 410: Bioinformatics

This course emphasizes the integration of modern biological methods and research questions with the computationally intensive approaches necessary for analyzing the associated ¿Big Data.¿ Students will gain a deeper understanding of topics such as molecular biology, evolution, probability, and computational tools by implementing genomic approaches to both applied and basic research fields in order to conduct bioinformatic analysis using data from genomic-scale research projects. (Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units) and BIO 380: Practical Computing for Scientists (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 412: Comparative Genomics

This course will explore the areas of genomics and comparative biology and their relationships to both basic and applied areas of research. Students will learn about the applications and contributions of a "genomic" perspective to topics such as evolutionary biology, functional genetics, genetic structure, and systems biology. (Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

BIO 413: Molecular Genetics

A comprehensive molecular genetics course for majors covering DNA replication, repair and mutation, regulation of transcription and translation, and analysis and manipulation of genes at the molecular level. (Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 414: Molecular Cell Biology

Cell structure, membrane transport, cell division, molecular genetics, recombinant DNA, mechanisms of evolution, and the basis of classification. Applies fundamental principles and experimental approaches in four areas of cell biology: cell cycle regulation, signal transduction, intracellular protein transport, and structure and function of cytoskeleton, including cell-cell and cell-substrate interactions. Explores recent advances in the fields of molecular and cell biology. (Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 420: Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Advanced survey of the biology of invertebrates, stressing comparative functional morphology, evolution, phylogeny, systematics, natural history, behavior, and aspects of physiology and development. Emphasizes the living animal and its habitat. (Prereq: BIO 345: Marine Biology (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 421: Microbiology Research

This course is a group capstone course focused on compiling and analyzing the individualized student data collected in the prior semester of microbiology. This synthesized data will then be supported by an in-depth literature review that includes advanced topics in microbiology relevant to the hypothesis being explored. The work will be presented to a broader audience in written and/or oral formats. (Prereq: BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) and BIO 320: Microbiology (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

BIO 425: Systematic and Molecular Mycology

Examines the diverse world of fungi in terrestrial ecosystems. Fungi are ecologically and economically important decomposers, symbionts and pathogens. Introduces current fungal research topics (e.g. pathogenicity) and explore both next generation sequencing technologies for the analysis of fungal diversity, growth and virulence mechanisms. [Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units) and (BIO 320: Microbiology (4 units) or BIO 322: Plant Pathology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 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

BIO 444: Molecular Ecology & Evolution

Students will learn to apply molecular laboratory and analytical methods to questions in the fields of ecology and evolution and use these methods to execute and present a research project. (Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units) or BIO 341: Evolution Bio & Pop Genetics (3 units) or MSCI 341: Conservation Genetics (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 448: Freshwater Ecology

In-depth exploration of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, including aquatic organisms and their taxonomy; the ecology of freshwater ecosystems; and the influences of biogeochemistry, water quality, hydrology, and geomorphology on biota. The course focuses on applying ecological and chemical knowledge to assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems. Will include weekend or odd-hour field trips with concurrent field/laboratory section. [Prereq: BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) and (BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units)) and (ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods (4 units) or ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 449: Community Ecology

This course will provide students with an in-depth exploration of concepts examining how species interactions shape the structure and composition of plant and animal communities. Lecture covers topics on species interactions such as competition, predation, herbivory, and mutualism, as well as principle theories explaining coexistence and species diversity. Discussion explores classic and modern literature representative of research in the field, with an emphasis on communities in California. (Prereq: BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 461: Eukaryotic Molecular Biology

Advanced project-based lab and lecture course develops skills and understanding of current techniques in eukaryotic genetics and molecular biology. Six hours lab and two hours lecture per week. [(Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units)) or (Coreq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 472: California Flora

Uses taxonomy and systematics of higher plants of California with a focus on morphology, development, and other characteristics to classify plants. (Prereq: BIO 342: Plant Communities of CA (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 491: Biology Research Capstone

Assists students in completing their biology research capstone project. These projects are independent in nature, and should be approved by the capstone course instructor and your research mentor prior to enrollment. The student's research mentor may have been on the CSUMB campus, or as a summer REU on another campus, or research at an associated research agency or institution. (Prereq: BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units))

Units: 2 — 4

BIO 492: Course-Based Capstone

Assists students enrolled in a capstone project course in preparing their final written report, poster, and/or oral presentation for their Senior Capstone Project. Students must have completed an approved Biology Capstone Project Course prior to enrolling in BIO 492: Course-Based Capstone (1-2 units). [Prereq: BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) and (BIO 320: Microbiology (4 units) or BIO 410: Bioinformatics (4 units) or BIO 430: Marine Experimental Physiology (4 units) or BIO 448: Freshwater Ecology (4 units) or BIO 461: Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (4 units) or MSCI 430: Marine Experimental Physiology (4 units))]

Units: 1 — 2

BIO 493: Biology Test-based Capstone

The major outcome of this capstone is for a student to study for and satisfactorily complete an approved standardized test that has a biology focus. Students can take the DAT, OAT or MCAT, or GRE subject exam in Biochemistry and Cell Biology or Biology, or one of approved Biology sections of the CSET. The choice in exam is dependent upon a student's career goals. [Prereq: BIO 311: Genetics (4 units) and (BIO 341: Evolution Bio & Pop Genetics (3 units) or BIO 330: Vertebrate Physiology (3 units))]

Units: 1 — 1

BIO 494: Biology Internship

Students work with practicing professionals in the community in a volunteer or paid internship that requires biology knowledge and skills. Academic credit is awarded for documented learning that takes place during the internship and that meets individualized and core internship outcomes.

Units: 2 — 4

BIO 495: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 497: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 510: Bioinformatics

This course emphasizes the integration of modern biological methods and research questions with the computationally intensive approaches necessary for analyzing the associated ¿Big Data.¿ Students will gain a deeper understanding of topics such as molecular biology, evolution, probability, and computational tools by implementing genomic approaches to both applied and basic research fields in order to conduct bioinformatic analysis using data from genomic-scale research projects. 

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 541: Mar Biotech&Bioinform forTeach

Designed to mimic the research cycle in a typical molecular biology laboratory. Students isolate DNA from marine organisms, amplify specific regions, subclone, and purify plasmid DNA. Bioinformatic techniques are used to analyze sequenced regions, including homology searches, multiple alignments, primer design, and 3D comparison. Assessment consists of a lab notebook review, a final exam, and a detailed standards-based lesson plan. (Offered through Extended Education.) (Coreq: BIO 541L)

Units: 2 — 4

BIO 544: Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Students will learn to apply molecular laboratory and analytical methods to questions in the fields of ecology and evolution and use these methods to execute and present a research project.

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 548: Freshwater Ecology

In-depth exploration of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, including aquatic organisms and their taxonomy; the ecology of freshwater ecosystems; and the influences of biogeochemistry, water quality, hydrology, and geomorphology on biota. The course focuses on applying ecological and chemical  knowledge to assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems. Will include weekend or odd-hour field trips with concurrent field/laboratory section.

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 549: Community Ecology

This course will provide students with an in-depth exploration of concepts examining how species interactions shape the structure and composition of plant and animal communities. Lecture covers topics on species interactions such as competition, predation, herbivory, and mutualism, as well as principle theories explaining coexistence and species diversity. Discussion explores classic and modern literature representative of research in the field, with an emphasis on communities in California. [(Prereq: ENVS 550: Research Methods (4 units)) or (Coreq: ENVS 550: Research Methods (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

BIO 595: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

BIO 597: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

Chemistry

CHEM 102: Chemistry in Art, Archaeology, and Authenticity

Explores interdisciplinary relationships between chemistry, art, archaeology, and cultural preservation, including: 1.Pigments, dyes, and binders in ancient to contemporary art; 2. Inorganic archaeological materials: glass, metal, pottery, stones, 3. Biological archaeological materials: fibers, fossils, & mummies; 4. Art forensics and use of chemistry to identify forgeries or prove authenticity. Each module culminates in hands-on lab project. Designed for non-science majors. (Prereq: GE Area B4)

Units: 3 — 3

CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry

A study of the basic principles of chemistry with special emphasis on problem solving and quantitative literacy. Designed for students who need additional chemistry preparation to succeed in CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units).

Units: 4 — 4

CHEM 110: Chemistry I

Develops problem-solving skills related to the nature of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, energy transformations, atomic and molecular structure, quantum theory, chemical bonding, and periodic properties. Students must complete an Introductory Chemistry course such as CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units),  or have a passing score on CSUMB's chemistry placement exam.  [(Prereq or Coreq: MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)) and (Coreq: CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab

Required lab course for CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units). Emphasizes qualitative and quantitative experiments, data analysis, and error propagation. Lab course fee may be charged. (Coreq: CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

CHEM 111: Chemistry II

Develops problem-solving skills related to solutions, phase changes, gas laws, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, organic chemistry, biochemistry, electrochemistry, metal complexation, and nuclear chemistry. [Prereq: (CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and CHEM 110L: Chemistry I Lab (1 units)) and (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)) and (Coreq: CHEM 111L: Chemistry II Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

CHEM 111L: Chemistry II Lab

Required laboratory course for CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units). Emphasizes qualitative and quantitate experiments, data analysis, and error propagation. Lab course fee may be charged. (Coreq: CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

CHEM 195: Special Topics

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

Units: 0 — 4

CHEM 197: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry for Biologists

Survey of organic compounds, with an emphasis on biological processes. Nomenclature, structure in two and three dimensions, and reaction mechanisms are explored. Emphasizes structure and reactivity of common functional groups found in biomolecules, including carbohydrates and peptides. [(Prereq: CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units)) and (Coreq: CHEM 210L: Survey of Organic Chem Lab (1 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I

Nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactivity, and formation of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, halogenated compounds, and alcohols. Includes intro to spectroscopy. (Prereq: CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units))

Units: 5 — 5

CHEM 295: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 310: Biochemistry I

Topics include bioenergetics, protein function; enzymes, DNA and RNA structure and function, glycolysis and gluconeogenesis, signal transduction, and regulation, bioinformatics. (Cross-listed BIO 310: Biochemistry I (3 units)) (Prereq: CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry for Biologists (4 units) or CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units) or CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II (5 units))

Units: 3 — 3

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II

Synthesis, reactions, and analysis of organic compounds, with applications to biology, biogeochemistry, and environmental science. (Prereq: CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units))

Units: 5 — 5

CHEM 320L: Environmental Chemistry Lab

Laboratory course with topics and techniques selected from atmospheric, terrestrial, marine, and aquatic sciences. Emphasis will be placed on both laboratory methods and quantitative analysis of results. [Prereq: (CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) and CHEM 111L: Chemistry II Lab (1 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units)) or (Prereq or Coreq: CHEM 320: Environmental Chemistry (3 units))]

Units: 2 — 2

CHEM 320: Environmental Chemistry

Examines chemistry in seminal environmental science case studies with analysis of the primary literature and quantitative methods as well as pertinent popular literature and news coverage. Topics are selected to form a sound basis for meeting the expectations of potential employers in environmental science with respect to background knowledge of the field at large and include atmospheric, terrestrial, marine, and aquatic studies. (Prereq: CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

CHEM 350: Analytical & Instrumental Chemistry

Lecture and laboratory course develops skill and understanding of analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis. Covers a range of spectrophotometry, chromatography, spectrometry, and titrimetry methods. Students are billed a materials fee. [Prereq: (CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) and CHEM 111L) and [(CHEM 210 and CHEM 210L) or CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

CHEM 394: Chemistry Internship

Students obtain practical experience in a chemistry-related (paid or unpaid) internship. Students must document academic learning through journals, annotated bibliography, and/or reports appropriate to the internship. May be repeated for credit for a total of six (6) units. (Graded Available)

Units: 2 — 4

CHEM 395: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 397: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 410: Biochemistry II

Covers metabolism and regulation of a variety of biomolecules and transport and signaling pathways. (Prereq: CHEM 310: Biochemistry I (3 units) or BIO 310: Biochemistry I (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

CHEM 420: Bioorganic Chemistry Topics

Survey of selected topics from the current chemical literature in bioorganic chemistry. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units. (Prereq: CHEM 310: Biochemistry I (3 units) or BIO 310: Biochemistry I (3 units))

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 430: Environmental and Agricultural Chemistry Topics

Selected topics from the current literature in environmental, analytical, and agricultural chemistry. May be repeated for credit for a total of six (6) units. [Prereq: CHEM 350: Analytical & Instrumental Chemistry (4 units) and (CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry for Biologists (4 units) or CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units))]

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 432: Aqueous Chemistry

Chemistry of molecules and materials in aqueous solutions relevant to marine, aquatic, and biological contexts. Topics may include pH and pOH, buffering, alkalinity, ionic strength, solvation and solubility, volume and mass fraction, osmolality and tonicity, and water activity. (Prereq: CHEM 310: Biochemistry I (3 units) or CHEM 320: Environmental Chemistry (3 units) or CHEM 350: Analytical & Instrumental Chemistry (4 units) or BIO 310: Biochemistry I (3 units) or BIO 320: Microbiology (4 units) or MSCI 331: Ecological Physiology (4 units) or ENVS 315: Soils and the Environment (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

CHEM 440: Forensic Chemistry Topics

Selected topics from the current literature in forensic chemistry. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. [Prereq: CHEM 350: Analytical & Instrumental Chemistry (4 units) and (CHEM 210: Organic Chemistry for Biologists (4 units) or CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I (5 units))]

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 450: Special Problems in Chemistry Laboratory

Covers theory and practical application of instrumental methods of analysis, culminating in a faculty guided lab research project. Students submit a written report summarizing the research findings. May be repeated for a total of four (4) units. Depending on research topic, students must complete either CHEM 350: Analytical & Instrumental Chemistry (4 units) or BIO 310L: Biochemistry Lab (2 units) and or CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II (5 units).

Units: 1 — 2

CHEM 495: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Letter Grade Available)

Units: 1 — 4

CHEM 497: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 4

Environmental science

ENVS 101: Energy and Sustainability

This problem-based learning course consists of a series of independent projects that focus on the interaction between energy, sustainability, and the environment. Each project is designed as a hands-on, collaborative inquiry where students are presented with a challenge and key question. Each semester-long course consists of 3 to 6 of these projects. One project each semester is focused exclusively on solving a major challenge in the campus climate action plan.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 105: Climate Science

Students will learn how the climate system works; what factors cause climate to change across different time scales and how those factors interact; how scientists use models, observations and theory to make predictions about future climate. The course explores evidence for changes in sea level and acidity due to global warming. Finally, the course looks at the connection between human activity and the current warming trend and considers some of the potential consequences of climate change.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Environmental Science Technology & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 197: Independent Study

Independent study for first-year students. Students must obtain the signature/approval of their independent study supervisor before enrolling in ENVS 197: Independent Study (1-6 units).

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 201: Intro to Environmental Science

This interdisciplinary introduction to environmental science course introduces science as a method of studying and understanding the natural world through offering an overview of topics needed to understand key environmental challenges of today's world. Promotes critical thinking, problem solving, scientific and environmental literacy. For non-science majors and Environmental Studies majors.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 272: The Atmosphere

Introduction to the chemical and physical nature of the atmosphere. Topics include weather and climate, storms, general air circulation, descriptive meteorology, clouds, and atmosphere-ocean interactions.

Units: 2 — 2

ENVS 282: Mtry Bay:Case Sty Env Sci &Pol

Introduction to the major physical, chemical, biological, and geological features and processes of global oceanography, with emphasis on the Monterey Bay area. Discusses the human impacts on the region and the state and federal policies in-place that have been designed to protect the Monterey Bay area through the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For non-science majors.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 284: Envi Econ & Management

Covers principles of microeconomics and applies these to environmental valuation and management of natural resources. Students apply economic theory to evaluate environmental problems and policies, particularly in marine and coastal ecosystems. [Prereq: (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) and ENVS 201: Intro to Environmental Science (4 units) or FYS 124: Introduction to Environmental Science (4 units) and STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units)) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)]

Units: 2 — 2

ENVS 295: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Environmental Science Technology & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 1 — 4

ENVS 297: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits. [Prereq: (MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) or BIO 240 or GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units) or ENVS 280 or ENVS 283) and (ENVS 284: Envi Econ & Management (2 units)) and (Include Junior and Senior)]

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science

Students develop a research-driven, scientifically rigorous case study that includes a theory section with hypotheses students test as part of their research. A robust literature review and interviews of external stakeholders completed by students inform the case study. Lectures, critical thinking exercises, readings on the scientific method, analyses of exemplary case studies, and resources and activities on effective written and oral communication provide students with a framework. [Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) or BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 240) and (ENVS 283 or GE Area D2) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 300L: Read Write Crit Think ENVS Lab

Optional computer lab course for ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units). Designed for students in ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) who have not previously fulfilled the Tech/Info ULR. Provides hands-on experience with information literacy and literature searches, reference evaluation, advanced word processing, electronic presentations, spreadsheet design and manipulation, and webpage development. (Coreq: BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units))

Units: 1 — 1

ENVS 303: Calif Transect Orientation

Mandatory orientation for ENVS 303L: California Transect Lab (3 units). This classroom component of California Transect prepares students for the summer field course (ENVS 303L: California Transect Lab (3 units)) by introducing topics in California's scientific, cultural, and political history and current issues that will be examined in detail during the summer field course (ENVS 303L: California Transect Lab (3 units)). May require one weekend field trip. [Prereq: (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) or BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units)) and (Coreq: ENVS 303L: California Transect Lab (3 units))]

Units: 2 — 2

ENVS 303L: California Transect Lab

Two-week summer field course. Students explore California's unique ecosystems and landscapes using a case-studies framework emphasizing the interaction between natural processes and human impacts. Involves camping and hiking. Course fee charged for food, transportation, and camping. (Coreq: ENVS 303: Calif Transect Orientation (2 units))

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 315: Soils and the Environment

Soils and the Environment: Lecture/lab course surveys the importance, composition, and formation of soils; soil chemistry, mineralogy, and organic matter; soil physical properties and water movement and retention; soil biology and microbiology; soil fertility and plant growth; reactions and movement of nutrients, trace metals, and pesticides in soils; factors influencing soil erosion and salinization; and soil taxonomy and surveys. [Prereq: (ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units)) and GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units)]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS

Theory and application of spatial data acquisition, analysis, and display using an integrated, hands-on, project-based approach. Covers geographic information systems (GIS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Course completion results in GPS Mapping certification from Trimble Navigation. (Prereq: STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) or STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods

Project-oriented course covers techniques in statistics, experimental design, and field methodology to characterize the ecological patterns in local ecosystems. Field-intensive course. [Prereq: (BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units) or BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units)) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and (Prereq or Coreq: ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 355: Environmental Monitoring

Project-oriented course covers techniques in experimental design, data analysis, and field and laboratory methods of soil and water analysis in the context of local soil and water chemistry problems. May include one or more weekend field trips. [Prereq: STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and (CHEM 111: Chemistry II (4 units) or GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 370: Environmental Wildlands Studies

Environmental Wildlands Studies: Field investigations study of environmental problems affecting natural and human-impacted ecosystems, including the role of human interactions. Extended field study of flora, fauna, biotic communities, and ecological relationships at selected sites in the United States or international locations. Students participate in field research and evaluation of environmental policy options.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 371: Environmental Field Survey

Environmental Field Survey: Field based course that conducts onsite examinations and analyses of environmental problems affecting North American/international wildlands and wildlife populations. Concepts and principles of environmental studies, wildlife management and public land planning methods are incorporated during assessment of the study area's environmental characteristics. Data collection techniques, quantification and analysis of field data, and environmental report writing are components of the research activities that students will pursue.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 372: Wildlands Environment&Culture

Wildlands Environment&Culture: Field Studies course involves off-campus travel to a variety of locations, studying the relationships among people and the environment. Region and culture specific case studies and assessment of historical and current cultural and environmental uses of wildland and/or wildlife communities. Examination of consequences and outcomes of environmental policies and wildland/wildlife management.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 394: Junior Internship

Students work with practicing professionals in the community in a volunteer or paid internship that requires critical thinking and specialized science, policy, or technical skills. Academic credit is awarded for documented learning that takes place during the internship and that meets individualized and core internship outcomes.

Units: 2 — 4

ENVS 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Earth Systems Science & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 4

ENVS 397S: Independent Study

Students work with public and private organizations on projects that integrate scientific skills with needs of multicultural communities.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 397: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 402: Honors Capstone Seminar II

Assists students in completion of faculty-guided Honors Capstone research project. Requires A- or above in both ENVS 400 and ENVS 495: Special Topics (1-6 units). [Prereq: (ENVS 400 and ENVS 495: Special Topics (1-6 units))(A- or Above)]

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 403: Capstone Seminar II

Assists students in completing the Capstone project developed in ENVS 400, including a written Capstone report and an oral presentation to faculty and students associated with the ESTP Program. (Prereq: ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 436: Rmt Sns/Image Process

Applications of geospatial information technology and geodata manipulation and analysis in the management of natural resources, including remote sensing, aerial photography, image processing, georeferencing, georecertification, and quantitative information extraction from multispectral and other image data. (Prereq: ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 440: Environmental Modeling

Process of designing, building, and using computer models for use within applied environmental science. Covers key examples within ecological and hydrological modeling. Introduces students to different modeling paradigms, including: systems dynamics, statistical habitat selection, and simulated vs analytical solutions. Software usage draws from Stella, Excel, and the R programming language. Individual student projects. [Prereq: MATH 151: Calculus II (4 units) and (BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) or GEOL 360: Geomorphic Systems (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 441: Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Use of landscape-level measurements, computer models, remote sensing, and geographic information systems to quantify and develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems over large space and time scales. Utilize an ecosystem process model as a tool to understanding how changes in the cycling of biogeochemicals can alter ecosystem processes. [Prereq: MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) and (BIO 342: Plant Communities of CA (4 units) or BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) or ENVS 315: Soils and the Environment (4 units)) and GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units)]

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 446: Landscape Ecology

Theory and methods of landscape-level research, analysis, and management. Methods for detecting and characterizing landscape patterns; causes of landscape patterns; mechanisms by which landscape patterns change through time; implications of landscape patterns for populations, communities, and ecosystems; strategies for conservation and management issues at a landscape scale. Students read, discuss, and analyze scientific literature in landscape ecology and apply the quantitative tools. [Prereq: (BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) and STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units) and ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units)) and (Prereq or Coreq: ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods (4 units) or MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 475: Projects in Natural Resource Management

Applied group capstone course focused on collecting and analyzing data to address natural resource management issues on local public lands. Course will include discussion of relevant regulations and management issues. Course may focus on ephemeral wetland, grassland, chaparral or dune ecosystems depending on the needs of local resource managers. Field-intensive course. [Prereq: BIO 340: Ecology (4 units) and ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units) and (ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods (4 units) or ENVS 355: Environmental Monitoring (4 units)) and (ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units) or ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 483: Environmental Impact Assessment

The theory and practice of environmental impact assessment and analysis. The process of preparing environmental documents (such as EAs, EISs, and EIRs) as mandated by state and federal statutes and regulations under NEPA and CEQA. Application of environmental assessment in urban, regional, and land use planning contexts. Processes of public participation and comment. Litigation and environmental mediation. [(Prereq: (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) or BIO 211: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Plants (4 units)) and (ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units)) and (Coreq: ENVS 483L: Environmental Impact Assessment Lab (1 units))]

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 495: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Environmental Science Technology & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 497: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 497S: Independent Study

Enables students to integrate citizenship, academic subjects, skills, and values into their Senior Capstone projects. Students work with public and private organizations on projects that integrate scientific skills with needs of multicultural communities. Students maintain weekly journals covering self, community, public education, and professional community responsibility.

Units: 2 — 4

ENVS 500: Environmental Policy and Management

This graduate seminar focuses on the complex relationship between science and environmental policy and management. It takes a case-study approach to understanding the process of developing and approving environmental policy, and in identifying and comparing major stakeholders, their interests, and their roles in the development and approval of policies that address current environmental problems.

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 502: Scientific Writing

This graduate seminar assists students in developing scientific writing skills including thesis, research, and proposal writing.

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 521: Create GIS Field Project

Walks educators through each step of creating their own GIS project. Participants gather data from a variety of sources, including GPS, and create a marine and coastal map that communicates a variety of issues. Issues can include marine protected areas, coastal development, invasive species, water quality, ocean observing systems, and marine fisheries. Participants also create a lesson plan to use with their interactive map.

Units: 2 — 3

ENVS 531: Bld Rem-Op Vhcls for Classroom

Provides a forum for educators, especially those interested in participating in MATE student ROV competitions, to: (1) acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement an ROV design and building curriculum that is aligned with the country's workforce needs; (2) gain an understanding of the type of work that ROV technicians do; and (3) learn about the many career opportunities available in the submersible-technology field. (Offered through Extended Ed.)

Units: 2 — 3

ENVS 532: Advanced GIS&Spatial Analysis

Theory and application of advanced spatial data acquisition, analysis, and display using an integrated, hands-on, project-based approach. Use of geographic information systems (GIS) for spatial analysis, hypothesis testing, and decision making. Theory and practice of advanced GIS topics and methods such as raster analysis, dynamic segmentation, geocoding, spatial statistics, and geodatabase design.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 536: Remote Sns & Image Process

Applications of geospatial information technology and geodata manipulation and analysis in the management of natural resources, including remote sensing, aerial photography, image processing, georeferencing, georecertification, and quantitative information extraction from multispectral and other image data.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 540: Environmental Modeling

Teaches the process of designing, building, and using computer models for use within applied environmental science. Covers key examples within ecological and hydrological modeling e.g. population dynamics, and water flow. Introduces students to different modeling paradigms, including: systems dynamics, statistical habitat selection, and simulated vs analytical solutions. Software usage draws from Stella, Excel, and R programming language. Includes individual student projects.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 546: Landscape Ecology

Theory and methods of landscape-level research, analysis, and management. Methods for detecting and characterizing landscape patterns; causes of landscape patterns; mechanisms by which landscape patterns change through time; implications of landscape patterns for populations, communities, and ecosystems; strategies for conservation and management issues at a landscape scale. Students read, discuss, and analyze scientific literature in landscape ecology and apply the quantitative tools. [(Prereq: ENVS 550: Research Methods (4 units)) or (Coreq: ENVS 550: Research Methods (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 550: Research Methods

Covers the key elements of applied scientific research, including data management, analytical software, scientific method, designing research questions, experimental design, statistical analysis & inference under multiple paradigms, communication of scientific results, and selected advanced analytical techniques. Emphasizes effective linkage between science and policy.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 560: Watershed Systems

Develops interdisciplinary skills to address complex environmental issues. Skill sets will be in the fields of hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water quality, and ecology. Topics include environmental policy/agency framework, current environmental issues, and physical/ecological processes in natural and impacted watershed systems. May require weekend field trips.

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 561: Watershed Systems Restoration

Explores the rehabilitation and management of damaged ecosystems focusing on rivers, estuaries, and wetlands. Covers the systems approach, ecologic principles, hydrologic processes, soils, erosion, and improvement structures. Emphasizes real situations using case studies and experimental restoration work. Includes several weekend field trips.

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 575: Projects in Natural Resource Management

Applied project-oriented course focused on collecting and analyzing data to address natural resource management issues on local public lands. Course will include discussion of relevant regulations and management issues. Course may focus on ephemeral wetland, grassland, chaparral or dune ecosystems depending on the needs of local resource managers. Field-intensive course. (Prereq: ENVS 550: Research Methods (4 units) and ENVS 560: Watershed Systems (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

ENVS 580: Environmental and Resource Economics

Course explores concepts of negative externalities as drivers of environmental problems and conflict in common pool resources. Students examine fundamental microeconomic principles including benefit-cost analysis, marginal net benefits, rational choice theory, inter-temporal distribution of net benefits, and institutional analysis framework via a case study approach.

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 583: Environmental Impact Assessment

The theory and practice of environmental impact assessment and analysis. The process of preparing environmental documents (such as EAs, EISs, and EIRs) as mandated by state and federal statutes and regulations under NEPA and CEQA. Application of environmental assessment in urban, regional, and land use planning contexts. Processes of public participation and comment. Litigation and environmental mediation.  (Coreq: ENVS 583L: Environmental Impact Assessment Lab (1 units))

Units: 3 — 3

ENVS 583L: Environmental Impact Assessment Lab

Field methods, sampling techniques, and visits to local projects that support environmental assessment. (Coreq: ENVS 583: Environmental Impact Assessment (3 units))

Units: 1 — 1

ENVS 595: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Environmental Science Technology & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 0 — 6

ENVS 595L: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Environmental Science Technology & Policy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 596: Field Studies

Individualizes student placement for field study as related to Environmental Science, Technology and Policy.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 597: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 599: Masters Thesis

Faculty-mentored, independent research leading toward completion of the MS thesis. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits that count toward the degree. Requires approval of the thesis advisor.

Units: 1 — 6

ENVS 660: Adv Watershed Sci & Policy

Addresses current watershed environmental issues using advanced research methods and sound science. Students work in teams to complete applied research projects addressing real-world problems. Considers issues from multiple perspectives, including legal, political, diverse stakeholders, and natural science. Students present project results in both written and oral formats, utilizing innovative visualizations, as necessary, to communicate technical science to decision-makers or non-specialists.

Units: 4 — 4

Environmental studies

ENSTU 211: Intro to Sci & Env Policy

Develops college-level reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills in a science and environmental policy context.

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 212S: Ethics, Equity & Environmental SL

Uses ethical theory and service-learning to examine and analyze personal behavior, local community action, and public policy in the context of social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 6 — 6

ENSTU 212: Ethics, Science & Env Policy

Uses ethical theory to examine and analyze personal behavior and public policy in the context of social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 283: Politics & the Environment

Covers fundamentals of government, particularly how the US Constitution and the structure and processes of democracy affect current environmental and natural resource issues. Provides comparisons between US, California state and local government and how each of these affect their lives. Students track media coverage of governmental and environmental issues to understand how government works. Students learn how to engage in politics to make change. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 2 — 2

ENSTU 298S: Disease and the Community

Students explore concepts of well-being and apply theoretical models to personal engagement in behaviors that promote and detract from well-being. Current health issues are used to probe concepts of well-being. Students also explore how historical relationships between disease, technology, and agriculture influence the socio-economic status of people and nations, developing a deep understanding of how one's race, gender, etc., influence contraction of disease & access to social services.

Units: 6 — 6

ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies

Students develop critical thinking skills in conjunction with library research, reading, listening, and speaking skills needed to understand and analyze complex social and environmental controversies and promote societal awareness, engagement, and sound decision making. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) or BIO 240) and (ENVS 283 or GE Area D2)]

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 309: Science and Policy of Global Change

Examines the scientific, economic, and political dimensions of global climate change. Examines the greenhouse effect, global climate change, and the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and IPCC reports in reducing human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Focuses on trends in population, dynamics, development policy and environmental heath impacts. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and B1 and B2)

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 349S: Environmental Interpretation and Outreach

Focuses on techniques for communicating environmental messages to diverse audiences based primarily on the field of environmental interpretation. Students develop environmental messaging strategies and/or interpretive products for local organizations. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE AREA B2)]

Units: 5 — 5

ENSTU 350: Research Methods for Environmental Studies

Overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods that environmental professionals use in understanding complex problems, drafting research proposals, and analyzing and presenting rigorous, reliable information. Students will engage in comprehensive explorations of social aspects of environmental topics and will understand the central role that information and research play in enacting appropriate change in natural and built environments with diverse populations. (Prereq: ENVS 201: Intro to Environmental Science (4 units) and BIO 230: Environmental Biology (4 units) and (STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) or STAT 250: Applied Stat:Sci Tech (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 365S: Enviromental Education Service Learning

This Service Learning course addresses strategies for supporting equitable formal and informal educational opportunities and access to healthy natural environments for all, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, or economic background. Service learning placements in schools and other agencies help students deepen their understanding of basic biology principles and methodologies for facilitating learning by diverse students and community members. (Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3 and B2)

Units: 5 — 5

ENSTU 369S: Com-Based Watershed Restor SL

This course addresses the meta question: "How can community-based environmental restoration address issues of social and environmental justice?" The course examines: waves of culture affecting Monterey County's significant social issues, personal action and responsibility through watershed based community partnerships modeling of environmental and sustainability practices. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area B1 or B2)]

Units: 5 — 5

ENSTU 375: Sustainability Systems

Explores common structural characteristics and archetypes associated with natural and anthropogenic systems and how such characteristics can be applied to understanding and decision making. Concepts applied include feedback, stocks and flows, delays, and causal loops. Uses the Stella programming environment for modelling. Applies projective geometric constructions as a manifestation of some of the systems concepts described. [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3 and GE Area B1 and B2 and B3) and (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 376: Infrastructure Systems: Past, Present and Future

Course provides a basic overview of the history and present state of each of our utilities and of our building, transportation and agricultural infrastructure. Practical and ideal future scenarios as well as the integrative relationships between and among different utility systems are examined. Students will learn how our current infrastructure came about and what it would take to make improvements to it in a tractable manner. [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (GE Area B1 and B2 and B3 and B4)]

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 384: Social & Ecological Justice

Engages in philosophical works on social justice theory, ecological justice theory, and responsibility theory; uses an integrated social and ecological justice framework for analyzing social and environmental problems and for developing, analyzing, and promoting sustainable and equitable practices and policies. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A2 and A3) and (Coreq: ENSTU 384S: Social and Ecol Justice (2 units))]

Units: 3 — 3

ENSTU 384S: Social and Ecol Justice

Uses an integrated social and ecological justice framework for developing an understanding of self and social awareness; service and social responsibility; community and social justice; multicultural community building; and civic engagement; deepens and critically applies learning through placements and activities with local community organizations. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (GE Area D2 or ENSTU 283: Politics & the Environment (2 units)) and (Coreq: ENSTU 384: Social & Ecological Justice (3 units))]

Units: 2 — 2

ENSTU 387: Water Resource Assess/Law/Poli

Evaluates development of water use/management throughout history. Critiques how geography, economics, culture, and politics guide people's decision-making and use and management of water. Analyzes and compares U.S. and California constitutions based on historic, geographic, political, economic, and cultural context and influences relating to water regulation. Students participate in historically informed political project applying political participation in the local community. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units) and GE Area A1)]

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 395: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

ENSTU 397: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 6

ENSTU 403: Capstone Seminar 2

Assists students in completing an Environmental Studies capstone portfolio and community-based project. (Prereq: ENSTU 400: Capstone Seminar I (1-2 units))

Units: 3 — 3

ENSTU 410: Group Capstone Integration Seminar

Assists students enrolled in a group capstone project course in preparing their final written report, poster, and/or oral presentation for their senior capstone process. Students will also complete their ENSTU e-portfolio. Students must co-enroll in ENSTU 471: Projects for Sustainable City Year (4 units) or another approved capstone projects course. [Prereq: (ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units)) and (Coreq: ENSTU 471: Projects for Sustainable City Year (4 units))]

Units: 1 — 1

ENSTU 412: Enviro Thought & Practice

In-depth exploration of environmental thought and culture including human values and relationships to the natural world from historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives, with an emphasis on understanding and influencing environments at local and global scales. Students interpret themes from recent academic research and professional practice, including environmental history, sociology, planning studies, and environmental education. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of one approach. (Prereq: ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units))

Units: 3 — 3

ENSTU 472: Projects in Environmental Education

Project based class with a regional environmental education partner. Projects will place students in learning environments where students will focus on sustainability and environmental topics. Projects will vary from year to year. [(Prereq: ENSTU 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Studies (4 units) or ENVS 300: Critical Thinking & Communication in Environmental Science (4 units) or BIO 300: Issues & Ethics in Biology (4 units) or MSCI 300: Marine Science, Communication, & Policy (4 units)) and (Coreq: ENSTU 410: Group Capstone Integration Seminar (1 units)) and (Prereq or Coreq: ENSTU 350: Research Methods for Environmental Studies (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

ENSTU 495: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 6

ENSTU 497: Independent Study

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

Units: 1 — 6

Geology

GEOL 210: Introduction to Earth Science

Focuses on earth science content and scientific investigation and experimentation abilities required for the multiple-subject teaching credential. Topics include Earth's atmosphere and water, structure and composition of the solid Earth, processes that change the Earth (with emphasis on plate tectonics and California geology), Earth's resources, and Earth's place in the solar system and universe.

Units: 3 — 3

GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology

Lecture and field-based course introducing geology and hydrology in the context of natural hazards and natural resources. Includes plate tectonics, mineral and rock ID, rock structure, geologic time, landslides, earthquakes, flooding, soil, rivers, and water resources. Students gain topographic survey experience. Field-intensive course. [Prereq: (MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) or MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)) and (CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) or CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units) or PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science (3 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

GEOL 360: Geomorphic Systems

This is a lecture and field-based course introducing landscape monitoring and analysis. Topics include theories of landscape equilibrium and evolution, weathering, erosion, hillslope processes, river processes, landslides, active tectonics, coastal processes, and coastal response to climate change. These theories are applied to natural hazard topics and restoration of disturbed lands. May include one or more weekend field trips. Field-intensive course. (Prereq: GEOL 260: Geology/Hydrology (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

GEOL 460: River Hydrology, Assmt&Monitor

Lecture and field-based course introducing advanced topics in watershed processes. Students apply the theories of hydrology, flood frequency, hydraulics, and sediment transport to topics in watershed and river management. Students gain experience in hydrologic and geomorphic monitoring techniques. May include one or more weekend field trips. Field-intensive course. (Prereq: GEOL 360: Geomorphic Systems (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

Marine science

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

Physics

PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science

Introduces the basic principles of physical science and the application of these principles in modern society. Topics include: nature, properties, and reactions of matter; objects at rest and in motion, energy and power, fluids, heat, light, sound, and electricity. For non-science majors. (Coreq: PHYS 121L: Integrated Phy Science Lab (1 units))

Units: 3 — 3

PHYS 150: Physics for Biologists

Introduces the fundamental concepts of classical physics, especially for students interested in the life sciences. Covers motion, forces, waves, energy, thermodynamics, gravity, fluids, electricity, magnetism, light, and optics using examples drawn from biological, environmental, and health science disciplines. (Formerly known as Survey of Physics) [Prereq: MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) and (CHEM 109: Introductory Chemistry (4 units) or FYS 121 or CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 220: Physics I

Emphasizes motion, mechanics, energy, and fluids using active and experiential learning. (Prereq: CHEM 110: Chemistry I (4 units) and MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 221: Physics II

Covers topics in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Emphasizes active and experiential learning and practical applications. (Prereq: MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) and PHYS 220: Physics I (4 units))

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 330: Robotics for Ecological Research

Through a series of hands-on project modules, students develop practical skills in electronics, microcontroller programming, and robotics sufficient to design and build a simple, programmable robot, sensor/datalogger system, or other electronic device for collecting environmental measurements in terrestrial, freshwater, or marine ecosystems. Course fee may be required. [Prereq: MATH 150: Calculus I (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) or CST 231: Problm-Solving/Programng (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

PHYS 395: Special Topics

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

Units: 1 — 4

PHYS 530: Electronics for Grad Research

Provides a practical foundation in basic electronic circuit design, construction, and repair to assist science graduate students who may need to select, use, repair, or invent electronic equipment to complete their graduate thesis project.

Units: 4 — 4