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, botanical and gardens including:

Illustrating Nature: Student Artist Panel Discussion

Date: June 5

Time: 11:00 am
A virtual Q&A panel with a few of the student's from this year's Science Illustration cohort will give you behind-the-scenes access as they talk about their process and experience.

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • California Science Center
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI)
  • National Geographic magazine
  • Scientific American magazine
  • National Audubon Society
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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