College of Science

Department of Science Illustration

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

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

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Illustrating Nature

Student artist panel discussion

On June 5, 2021 students held a virtual Q&A session to describe their experience with the program.  See below to view the video of this session.