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College of Science

Department of Science Illustration

Illustration of cranial kinesis in sling-jaw wrasse

Illustration by Reyn Ojiri

 

The post-baccalaureate Science Illustration Certificate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay prepares students for a broad spectrum of successful freelance careers and staff positions. Our graduates have found jobs in a wide range of organizations, research institutions, museums, aquaria, and botanical gardens, including:

  • Scientific American magazine
  • National Geographic magazine
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Nicole Kit's Golden-spotted Tiger Beetle Illustration

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I’m actually still amazed by how much I learned over the span of ~10 months, and that I was able to become proficient enough to progress quickly from a student to freelancing professionally. This program opened doors for me in all sorts of unexpected places and embracing science illustration was one of the best choices I have ever made.

-Sarah Chen, Class of 2011

Illustration of a swallowtail butterfly.

Illustration by Jillian Walters

 

 

A painting of a green sea turtle

Illustrating Nature 2022

Event details

Virtual sneak peek

a painting of a box turtle eating berries and a painting of an elegant grasshopper

Illustrating Nature 2021

Virtual exhibit

Virtual discussion session