Current Courses

Fall 2023 Course Schedule Coming soon



Fall 2022 courses:

BIOL 708 – Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists (Units: 3) 

Thursdays, 13:30 – 16:30, online

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of the instructor

Description:  Introduction to research tools and approaches used by scientists including software for data analysis and presentation, using scientific literature, experimental design, writing scientific papers and proposals, professional communication (oral, poster, and letter), and time and stress management. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Instructor: Dr. William Cochlan


BIOL 863 – Ecosystems Ecology, Current Ecological Topics in Estuaries and Coasts (Units: 2)

Thursday, 10:00 – 12:00, hybrid

Prerequisite: open to graduate students and seniors from any Science Program

This seminar class will review and discuss published scientific literature that explore current ecological topics of interest in estuaries and coasts – a few examples shown. Students will give presentations for discussion, based on reading of the current peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson


MSCI 709 – Foundations in Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine Science (Units: 4) 

Mondays and Wednesdays, 09:10 – 11:00, hybrid

Prerequisite: Graduate Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine students or permission of the instructor

Developing interdisciplinary working knowledge at the intersection of global change (climate change, ocean acidification, invasive species, disease, land use), coastal oceanography (physical, biological, chemical, geological), marine/estuarine biology (biodiversity, population, ecosystem, physiology), and societal issues (general public, managers, policymakers). (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Instructors: Dr. Frances Wilkerson and Dr. William Cochlan


MSCI 788 – Professional Internship in Marine and Estuarine Sciences (Units: 3)   

Wednesdays,  09:30 – 10:45, in person

Prerequisite: IMES students or consent of the instructor

Description: Professional internship with a partner organization one day per week. Partners are from a wide range of organizations where scientific information is used, not generated. Students will relate what they learn to classmates during weekly group meetings and group discussions with internship mentors to address student career planning questions. Lecture, 1 unit; laboratory, 2 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines


MSCI 885 – Seminar in Marine Biology, Current EOS Center Research (Units: 2) 

Wednesdays, 15:30 – 17:30, online synchronous

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor

Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 4 units when topics vary.

Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson