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Moss Landing Marine Labs - Summer Courses

BIO 148 - Introduction to Animal Training (Asynchronous Online)

CRN: 30201

Class Dates: June 7 - July 2, 2021

Units: 3

This 3 credit on-demand online course provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of animal training across many different types of terrestrial and aquatic animals and techniques. It provides an exceptional background in relevant animal behavior and psychological principles related to the practical goal of modifying animal behavior. These techniques will be demonstrated using examples and videos of behavior from over two dozen different species of animals. Applied behavior analysis (behaviorism), Neuroscience and Ethology will be melded with practiced methodology to provide a comprehensive overview on the subject of Animal Behavior Modification. Topics covered will include: Captivity, Why Train? Communication, Motivation, Desensitization, Aggression, and Practical Training.

Marine Mammal Training Monterey Bay

BIO 347 - Working with Marine Mammals (Asynchronous Online)

CRN: 30202

Class Dates: June 7 - July 2, 2021

Units: 3

This 3 credit course is designed to assist people who are interested in developing a career in marine mammalogy. The course will be offered as an asynchronous on-demand format for maximum time flexibility. It will provide practical information about marine mammals and careers working with them, drawing on the rich background of marine mammal work in the Monterey Bay area. The course will include video experiences with the marine mammals from the Monterey Bay and those at Moss Landing Marine Labs. This class will instruct students in 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 will have a virtual internship experience demonstrating the daily care of research-trained California sea lions. They will also gain experience in developing a resume, job interviews, and public presentations.

Course Description

  • Daily demonstrations with California seal lions
  • Basic physiology and overview of common research topics and techniques

Achievement Outcomes

  • Earn 3 college credits per class or for personal enrichment
  • Certificate of Completion in Beginning Marine Mammalogy after completing BIO 148 and BIO 347
  • Fulfills MLO #7 for ESTP Majors or College Science Requirements


  • No prerequisites needed
  • Open to all high school graduates

Program Fees

$280 per unit + $39 service fee

How to Register

Registration opens April 5. Space is limited to 17 students per class.

CSUMB Students: Register and pay online through OASIS

Non-CSUMB Students: Register by submitting the Summer Registration Form. For more information, visit How to Register

Register Here

For questions...

Contact the instructor: Jenifer Zeligs -

Summer @ CSUMB

(831) 582-4500
Gavilan Hall