Yes

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Environmental and Ocean Sciences Pathways

Marine Ecology Pathway

Prep for Major (35 units)
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
or EOSC 104
104L
Natural Disasters
and Natural Disasters Lab
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 222Environmental Data Analysis3
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
MATH 150Calculus I4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4

Additional recommended courses for students going to graduate school include: MATH 151, PHYS 137/PHYS 137L and CHEM 302/CHEM 302L

Upper Division Core (10 units)
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
Capstone
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
At least two units from:2
EOSC 496Research
EOSC 498Internship
EOSC 499Independent Study
Upper Division Electives (14-16 units)
Choose four courses: one from the Geo/Physical group and the other three from the Biological group, with at least one ecology course. At least two of the four courses must include labs.
Biological Courses:
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment *4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology *4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology *4
EOSC 451WBiological Oceanography *4
EOSC 462Biology of Fishes4
EOSC 465Marine Mammals3
BIOL 350Invertebrate Zoology4
Geo/Physical Courses:
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography4
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry4
EOSC 473Climatology4
Or approved study abroad courses.
A Biology minor is required for the Marine Ecology pathway (18 units):
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 225
225L
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
4
BIOL 300Genetics3
One upper-division Biology course with lab.4
*

 Ecology courses

Upper Division units for Marine Ecology Pathway, 24-26 units

Total units for Marine Ecology Pathway, 59-61 units from EOSC major + additional 18 units for Biology Minor

Recommended Program of Study for Marine Ecology Pathway 

First Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 123, 110, 104 and 104LOrganisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 150Calculus I4
CC or Electives 3-6
Semester II
EOSC 110, 104 and 104L, 123Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
CC or Electives3-6
Second Year
Semester I
EOSC 220 222Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity4
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
EOSC 222 220Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
BIOL 225
225L
Introduction to Cell Processes4
CC or Electives3-6
Junior Year
Semester I
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
BIOL 300Genetics3
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
Pathway Electives7-8
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester I
Pathway Electives3-4
Upper Division Biology Course4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester II
Pathway Electives3-4
CC or Electives6-9

Environmental Science Pathway 

Prep for Major (31 units)
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
or EOSC 104
104L
Natural Disasters
and Natural Disasters Lab
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 222Environmental Data Analysis3
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
MATH 150Calculus I4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4

Additional recommended courses for students going to graduate school include: MATH 151, PHYS 137/PHYS 137L, CHEM 301/ CHEM 301L and CHEM 302/CHEM 302L.

Upper Division Core (14 units)
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
Capstone
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
At least two units from:2
EOSC 496Research
EOSC 498Internship
EOSC 499Independent Study
Upper Division Electives (11-12 units)
Choose three courses: One from the Ecological group and the other two from the Geo/Physical group. At least two of the three courses must include labs.
Geo/Physical Courses
EOSC 415Geographic Information Systems4
EOSC 420Introduction to Remote Sensing4
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography4
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry4
EOSC 473Climatology4
EOSC 474
474L
History of the Earth and Climate
and History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory 1
4
EOSC 485Environmental Geology4
EOSC 487Surface Water Hydrology4
Ecological Courses
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology4
EOSC 451WBiological Oceanography4
Or approved study abroad courses.

1EOSC 474 may be taken without EOSC 474L, so long as the requirement of at least two electives with labs is satisfied.

Upper Division units for Environmental Science Pathway, 25-26 units

Total units for Environmental Science Pathway, 56-57 units

Recommended Program of Study for Environmental Science Pathway 

First Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 123, 110, 104 and 104LOrganisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
CC or Electives4-9
Semester II
EOSC 110, 104 and 104L, 123Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 150Calculus I4
CC or Electives3-6
Second Year
Semester I
EOSC 220 222Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC or Electives4-9
Semester II
EOSC 222 220Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
CC or Electives8+
Junior Year
Semester I
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives4-9
Semester II
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
Pathway Electives3-4
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester I
Pathway Electives3-4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives7+
Semester II
Pathway Electives3-4
CC or Electives8+


Environmental Studies Pathway

Lower Division Prep for the Major (31 units)
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
or EOSC 104
104L
Natural Disasters
and Natural Disasters Lab
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 222Environmental Data Analysis3
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics3
 POLS 170 Introduction to International Relations
MATH 115College Algebra3
 MATH 150 Calculus I
Upper Division Core (20 units)
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices3
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
PHIL 338Environmental Ethics3
 PHIL 344 Environmental Justice
Capstone
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
At least two units from:2
EOSC 496Research
EOSC 498Internship
EOSC 499Independent Study
Upper Division Electives (10-11 units)
Choose three courses: one science with lab, one non-science and one from either list.
Science Courses:
EOSC 355Environmental Chemistry3
EOSC 415Geographic Information Systems4
EOSC 420Introduction to Remote Sensing4
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology4
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography4
EOSC 451WBiological Oceanography4
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry4
EOSC 462Biology of Fishes4
EOSC 465Marine Mammals3
EOSC 473Climatology4
EOSC 474
474L
History of the Earth and Climate
and History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory 1
4
EOSC 485Environmental Geology4
EOSC 487Surface Water Hydrology4
Non-Science Courses:
ECON 308Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
HIST 370American Environmental History3
POLS 329Law of the Sea3
POLS 349Politics and the Environment3
SOCI 315Health and Society3
SOCI 471Environmental Inequality and Justice3
Other upper division courses by approval in ECON, ETHN, HIST, PHIL, POLS, SOCI and THRS.
And approved study abroad courses.

1EOSC 474 may be taken without EOSC 474L, so long as the requirement of at least two electives with labs is satisfied.

Upper Division units for Environmental Studies, 30-31 units

Total units for Environmental Studies, 61-62 units
Number of units that also count for core, as many as 19 units, D, W

Recommended Program of Study for Environmental Studies Pathway

First Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 123, 110, 104 and 104LOrganisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
4
MATH 115College Algebra3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
CC or Electives3-6
Semester II
EOSC 110, 104 and 104L, 123Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
CC or Electives3-6
Second Year
Semester I
EOSC 220 222Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
POLS 120 170Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to International Relations
3
CC or Electives6-9
Semester II
EOSC 222 220Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
CC or Electives8+
Junior Year
Semester I
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301WResearch Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester II
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
PHIL 338 344Environmental Ethics
Environmental Justice
3
EOSC 496, 498, 499Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester I
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices3
Pathway Electives3-4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester II
Pathway Electives6-7
CC or Electives6-9

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Environmental and Ocean Sciences Minor

EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3-4
and one upper division course (3-4 units) from the following list:
Science Courses:
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis
EOSC 355Environmental Chemistry
EOSC 415Geographic Information Systems
EOSC 420Introduction to Remote Sensing
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography
EOSC 451WBiological Oceanography
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry
EOSC 462Biology of Fishes
EOSC 465Marine Mammals
EOSC 473Climatology
History of the Earth and Climate
and History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory
EOSC 485Environmental Geology
EOSC 487Surface Water Hydrology

Environmental Studies and Policy Minor 

EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3

Note: Environmental and Ocean Sciences majors (Marine Ecology and Environmental Science pathways only) can minor in Environmental Studies and Policy and should take EOSC 305 in place of EOSC 300 within the minor. Upper-division courses that are used to satisfy requirements in the Environmental and Ocean Sciences major may not also be used to satisfy requirements in the Environmental Studies and Policy minor.

Science Courses:
Choose three upper division courses (9-10 units) from the following. At least two must be non-science courses.
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis
EOSC 355Environmental Chemistry
EOSC 415Geographic Information Systems
EOSC 420Introduction to Remote Sensing
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography
EOSC 451WBiological Oceanography
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry
EOSC 462Biology of Fishes
EOSC 465Marine Mammals
EOSC 473Climatology
History of the Earth and Climate
and History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory
EOSC 485Environmental Geology
EOSC 487Surface Water Hydrology
Non-Science Courses:
ECON 308Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices
HIST 370American Environmental History
PHIL 338Environmental Ethics
PHIL 344Environmental Justice
POLS 329Law of the Sea
POLS 349Politics and the Environment
SOCI 315Health and Society
SOCI 471Environmental Inequality and Justice

Other upper division courses by approval in ECON, ETHN, HIST PHIL, POLS, SOCI and THRS and approved study abroad courses.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

EOSC 101, EOSC 104, EOSC 104L, EOSC 109, EOSC 110, EOSC 112, EOSC 116, EOSC 121, EOSC 123, EOSC 170, EOSC 220, EOSC 222, EOSC 294, EOSC 300, EOSC 301W, EOSC 305, EOSC 312, EOSC 313, EOSC 314, EOSC 340, EOSC 355, EOSC 361, EOSC 364, EOSC 415, EOSC 420, EOSC 431, EOSC 432, EOSC 433, EOSC 450, EOSC 451W, EOSC 452, EOSC 462, EOSC 465, EOSC 473, EOSC 474, EOSC 474L, EOSC 478, EOSC 485, EOSC 487, EOSC 493, EOSC 494, EOSC 495, EOSC 496, EOSC 497, EOSC 498, EOSC 499

EOSC 101 | EXPLORING OCEANOGRAPHY

Units: 3

The chemistry and physics of sea water, its circulation and physical properties; tides; currents; waves; and shoreline processes will be studied. The topography and geology of the ocean basin and the distribution and nature of marine sediments will also be studied. This course will satisfy the core curriculum requirement for a physical science and, when a laboratory is offered as a part of the course, for a core curriculum laboratory course, but will not satisfy the requirements of the marine science major without the consent of the chair of marine science and environmental studies. Two lectures and one laboratory or field experience per week; may be taught without laboratory. Every semester.

EOSC 104 | NATURAL DISASTERS

Units: 3

This course will give students an introduction to the earth and the dynamic natural processes that impact humanity and life in general. Man and nature are becoming increasingly intertwined as the human race continues to proliferate. This course will emphasize the fundamental scientific principles and processes related to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, severe weather, hurricanes, meteorite impacts, and climate change. Historic catastrophes will be emphasized. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a physical science course without a laboratory. Every semester.

EOSC 104L | NATURAL DISASTERS LAB

Units: 1

Prerequisites: EOSC 104 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This laboratory course will introduce students to skills and methods used to study natural disasters. Students will learn to identify rocks and minerals, employ map skills to study faults, volcanoes, coastal erosion, flooding, and other natural hazards, and interpret meteorological data. Natural hazards in San Diego will be examined through local field trips. ENVI 104L will fulfill the core curriculum requirement for a physical science laboratory.

EOSC 109 | INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Units: 3

An introductory course to give students a comprehensive overview of the Earth and its component systems. The emphasis of this course is the interactions among the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Various global environmental issues also will be examined from the perspective of physical geography. Three lectures and one laboratory per week and some field experience, which may include an overnight trip. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a physical science course with a laboratory. (fall semester).

EOSC 110 | INTRODUCTION TO GEOSCIENCES

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Lecture and field investigations of geographic and geological processes. The objective of this course is to give students a comprehensive overview of the earth and its component systems. The emphasis of this course is the interactions among the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week and some field experience, which may include an overnight trip. Every semester.

EOSC 112 | ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

Units: 3

Investigation of the natural environment and the relationship of its biotic and abiotic components. Topics include the ecosystem concept, population growth and regulation, and our modification of the environment. Two lectures per week and one laboratory every other week. Laboratory will include field trips, one of which will be an overnight trip to the desert. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a life science and a laboratory. Cross-listed as BIOL 112. Every semester.

EOSC 116 | EARTH AND LIFE SCIENCE FOR EDUCATORS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

A laboratory/lecture/discussion class in the general concepts of earth science and life science for Liberal Studies majors. The course topics are selected to satisfy the earth and life science specifications for the science content standards for California Public Schools and the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Laboratory activities and field trips will provide experience with selected principles and relate them to suggested teaching practice at the K-8 grade level. Two two-hour laboratory sessions per week. Spring semester.

EOSC 121 | LIFE IN THE OCEAN

Units: 4

An introduction to the organisms in the ocean, including their phylogenetic and ecological interrelationships. Biological principles and processes that are basic to all forms of life in the ocean will be stressed. This course will satisfy the core curriculum requirement for a life science and for a laboratory course. This course will not satisfy the requirements of the marine science major. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Every semester.

EOSC 123 | ORGANISMS AND ECOSYSTEMS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

An introduction to organisms and environmental biology from an ecological perspective. Students will learn about fundamental principles of ecology, in addition to major groups of organisms and how the two are related. This is a required course for all Environmental and Ocean Sciences majors. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a life science with laboratory. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

EOSC 170 | THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Units: 3

An introduction to the earth’s climate system and the science of climate change. The course will first cover the following topics: introduction to earth-system science and the components of the climate system; atmospheric composition, energy balance, and circulation; the hydrologic cycle; methods to collect climate data; natural climate change in the geologic past and 20th century warming. With this foundation students will examine the scientific basis of anthropogenic global warming and the potential impacts of future climate change. This course may include a field trip outside of class time. This course will satisfy the core curriculum requirement for physical science without lab.

EOSC 220 | INTRODUCTION TO ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEAN SCIENCES

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: EOSC 110 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (CHEM 111 (Can be taken Concurrently) or CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L)

An introduction to the physical and chemical processes of Earth's atmosphere and ocean. Topcis include the composition and structure of the atmosphere and ocean, chemistry and physics of seawater, atmospheric circulation, air-sea interactions, climate and weather, ocean circulation, waves, tides, and shorline processes. This course is intended for students majoring or minoring in environmental and ocean sciences. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Every semester.

EOSC 222 | ENVIRONMENTAL DATA ANALYSIS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 or EOSC 110) and EOSC 123

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of experimental design and quantitative analysis of data in environmental sciences. Students will learn to form and test hypotheses through the lens of Environmental and Ocean Sciences. The later class meetings will provide a conceptual overview of some of the specialized statistics (e.g., nMDS, Time Series Analysis, PCA) to prepare students for the use of these tests in 300 and 400 level EOSC courses. Students will learn the basics of using R to analyze data, leveraging the GUI-based R-Commander. This is a required course for all Environmental and Ocean Sciences majors. Three hours of lecture per week.

EOSC 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCEAN SCIENCES

Units: 2-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity at the Lower-Division Level.

EOSC 300 | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L or EOSC 110) and (EOSC 121 or EOSC 112 or BIOL 112 or BIOL 190 or BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L)

This course is a consideration of environmental problems that confront our society today. By looking at controversial environmental issues, students will be encouraged to distinguish political interests and emotional hyperbole from scientific facts; furthermore, students will be presented examples of scientific facts that support different interpretations of an issue. Both environmental resolutions and their social implications will be considered. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall semester.

EOSC 301W | RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCEAN SCIENCES

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ENVI 110 or EOSC 110 or (ENVI 104 and ENVI 104L) or (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L) and EOSC 121 or ENVI 121 or (BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L) and (CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L) and (EOSC 220 or MARS 220) and (EOSC 222 or PSYC 260 or MATH 120 or POLS 330 or ECON 216)

Students will be introduced to the research process and common laboratory and field sampling methods in environmental and ocean sciences, as well as the underlying principles and applications of these methods. Students will participate in hypothesis-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on research examining the spatial and temporal variability of biological, chemical, geological and physical factors within local environments. Written and oral scientific communication will be emphasized. Eight hours of combined laboratory, field and lecture per week.

EOSC 305 | ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PRACTICES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L or EOSC 110) and (EOSC 121 or EOSC 112 or BIOL 112 or BIOL 190 or BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L)

An interdisciplinary approach to environmental decision making. An introduction to the law relative to environmental impact reports, their contents and development. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall semester.

EOSC 312 | INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151

An overview of geographic information systems (GIS), including its history, role in complex spatial analysis projects, and geographic data management. Related technologies such as global positioning system (GPS) and remote sensing also will be introduced. Laboratory exercises will emphasize digital cartography using ArcView software. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

EOSC 313 | GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ITMG 100

An introduction to geographic, or geospatial, information systems (GIS) applied to business/organizational decision-making applications. The course includes conceptual knowledge that underlies the spatial dimensions of many decisions and hands-on use of desktop GIS software. Topics include concepts and techniques for managing, analyzing, visualizing, and disseminating spatial information. Application areas include entrepreneurship, marketing, real estate, planning, public safety, transportation, economic development, and international issues.

EOSC 314 | INTRODUCTION TO MAPS AND SPATIAL DATA ANALYSIS

Units: 4

Prerequisites: MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151

Use of maps as an analytical tool. Topics include: map reading; the use of maps as a medium for describing and analyzing various types of spatially-distributed data; stereoscopic interpretation and cartographic representation of landforms, vegetation, and land use. Laboratory exercises will use ArcGIS software. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Fall semester.

EOSC 340 | MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L or EOSC 109 or EOSC 110) and (BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L or EOSC 112 or EOSC 121)

A study of how humans threaten the stability of our oceans. Topics include ocean-climate interactions, marine pollution, utilization of marine resources, and marine conservation. Students participate in at least one weekend community service project. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall semester.

EOSC 355 | ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L and CHEM 152 and CHEM 152L

A survey of the natural environment from a chemist’s point of view and the evaluation of chemicals from an environmental point of view. This course is concerned with the chemistry of air, water, soil, and the biosphere in both pristine and polluted states. Pollution prevention and mitigation schemes are considered. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week.

EOSC 361 | ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Units: 2

A general survey of the ecological communities of San Diego County will acquaint students with local marine, freshwater, chaparral, and desert habitats. The course is primarily field study, and one overnight trip to the desert will be included. Identification of organisms and their ecological relationships will be stressed. One laboratory per week. Cross-listed as BIOL 361.

EOSC 364 | CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L and BIOL 225 and BIOL 225L and BIOL 300

This course focuses on the history of conservation awareness, theory, and practice. Lectures address conservation biology from a historical perspective; readings and discussion are directed toward both classic and current literature. Student presentations will be expected. Weekend field trips may be required. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Spring semester.

EOSC 415 | GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (EOSC 313 or EOSC 314) and MATH 115

Theory and practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for the display and manipulation of spatial data. Applications include: urban planning; land use classification; biomass analysis; crop monitoring; forest resource assessment and management; and disaster assessment, management, and recovery. Laboratory exercises will use ArcGIS software. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Spring semester.

EOSC 420 | INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: EOSC 313 or EOSC 314

An introduction to remote sensing technology and its applications in earth science. This course will cover principles of remote sensing, aerial photography, photogrammetry, electronic multispectral imaging, and methods of digital image processing and analysis. Applications of remote sensing in marine and terrestrial environments and integration of remote sensing and geographic information systems also will be discussed. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week and some field trips. Requires at least one course in physical science, or consent of the instructor.

EOSC 431 | HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L and (EOSC 121 or EOSC 112 or BIOL 112) or (BIOL 190 and BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L)

An interdisciplinary study of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the oceans with an emphasis on coastal environments. Topics include coastal oceanography, nutrient distribution and geochemical cycles, primary productivity, food webs and fisheries, and benthic habitats. This course examines the interactions between abiotic forces in the oceans and the organisms that live in a variety of habitats. Environmental issues will be connected to major scientific themes. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

EOSC 432 | MARINE COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L and BIOL 300

This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of marine community ecology, provide students with field experiences so that they may become familiar with various ecological sampling designs and methods, and expose students to the diversity of coastal marine environments in the san diego area. Students will read and discuss classic marine ecology papers, and conduct marine ecological studies in field and laboratory settings. Students will also be required to participate in a semester-long research project. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Spring semester.

EOSC 433 | PLANKTON ECOLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: EOSC 220 and EOSC 301W

This course is a study of the fundamental processes in plankton ecology from the perspective of how individual plankton interact with each other and their environment. Throughout the course, students will gain intuition about life in the plankton by incorporating an understanding of both the biology of the organisms and their physical environment. In addition to lecture, the course includes lab activities, reading and discussing peer-reviewed scientific articles, and completing group and individual assignments.

EOSC 450 | GEOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L and EOSC 110 and EOSC 220 and MATH 115

The origin and geologic history of the ocean basin, with a detailed investigation of the theory of plate tectonics, sedimentation processes in the oceans, and paleoceanography. Three lectures and one laboratory per week; some weekend field trips may be required.

EOSC 451W | BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 221 and BIOL 221L and BIOL 300

An integrated study of marine organisms and their environments, stressing ecological, behavioral, and physiological relationships. Near shore, deep sea, and open ocean environments will be covered. A weekend field trip may be required. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Fall semester.

EOSC 452 | MARINE GEOCHEMISTRY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: CHEM 152 and CHEM 152L and EOSC 220 and MATH 150 and PHYS 137 or PHYS 271

This course begins by tracing the path of material sources to the ocean reservoir; from river, groundwater, atmospheric and hydrothermal vent pathways. A significant emphasis is placed on chemical processes in the ocean reservoir, such as trace metal and carbonate equilibrium concluding with an assessment of sediment redox chemistry and diagenesis. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Spring semester.

EOSC 462 | BIOLOGY OF FISHES

Units: 4

Prerequisites: BIOL 300

This course examines the various aspects of ichthyology encompassing the anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolution, ethology, and natural history of fishes. Lab includes techniques of identification and a general survey of fish systematics and zoogeography.

EOSC 465 | MARINE MAMMALS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

An examination of the biology of whales, pinnipeds and other marine mammals. Topics will include general adaptations to a marine existence; systematics and biogeography; reproduction; diving physiology; communication and echolocation; feeding and migratory behavior; and marine mammal-human interactions. Some emphasis will be placed on species occurring in the North Pacific Ocean. Necropsies of a beach-stranded marine mammal may occur. Special projects will also be assigned. One year of introductory biology and at least two upper-division courses in zoology or ecology, or consent of instructor.

EOSC 473 | CLIMATOLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L or EOSC 110) or (EOSC 170 and (MATH 120 or PSYC 260 or BIOL 301 or ECON 216 or POLS 250 or POLS 330)

A course to cover principles of climatology and methods of climatic data analysis. The fundamentals of climatology, methods and technologies used in acquiring and analyzing cl imatic data, and current issues such as human-induced climatic changes will be discussed. This course will cover the Earth’s energy budget and temperature, moisture in the atmosphere and precipitation, winds and the general circulation, and climates in different regions of the world. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

EOSC 474 | HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND CLIMATE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: EOSC 110 or (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L)

A survey of the history of the earth system focusing on ocean-atmosphere-ice sheet dynamics and their interaction on past global climate change. Topics include geologic record of past climate cycles, causal mechanisms of past climate change, and the scientific basis of global warming. Three hours of lecture per week.

EOSC 474L | HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND CLIMATE LABORATORY

Units: 1

Prerequisites: EOSC 110 and (MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151) and EOSC 174 (Can be taken Concurrently)

A laboratory course designed to introduce students to methods and techniques used in historical geology and paleoclimatology including: a) identification of depositional environments; b) identification of invertebrate fossils and modes of fossilization; correlation and sequence stratigraphy; d) radiometric dating, and e) isotopic proxies of climate. The laboratory may include field trips.

EOSC 478 | BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW

Units: 3

Prerequisites: PHYS 136 and PHYS 137

The interactions between fluid dynamic processes in the oceans and the organisms that live in different habitats. The main objective is to provide a descriptive and conceptual understanding of boundary layer fluid dynamics at several scales from whole ocean basins to flow around organisms. Examples will illustrate physical aspects of fluid dynamics; biological fluid dynamics with an emphasis on feeding, locomotion, and dispersal; and geological and geochemical aspects of sediment-sea water interactions. Three hours of lecture per week.

EOSC 485 | ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L) or EOSC 109 or EOSC 110 and (MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151)

This course focuses on the interaction between humans and the geologic environment. We will examine geologic processes responsible for forming a variety of Earth resources, such as ore deposits (e.g., copper minerals) and energy resources (e.g., fossil and nuclear fuels). Anthropogenic extraction, processing, and disposal of these resources, and their impact on the environment, will be investigated. Two Earth resources will be the subject of detailed study: groundwater and soils. An in-depth explanation of processes relating to both (e.g., groundwater flow, water quality, soil composition) will be developed, followed by an investigation of practices used in the monitoring and assessment of anthropogenic contamination of soil and groundwater. This course will help to prepare students for working in academia, government, or as an environmental consultant. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Some weekend field trips may be required.

EOSC 487 | SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (EOSC 104 and EOSC 104L) or EOSC 109 or EOSC 110 and MATH 120

A course to cover principles of surface water hydrology and methods to solve hydrologic problems related to urbanization, soil and water conservation, and water resources management. The components of the hydrologic cycle and the concept of water balance will be discussed in detail. This course also will cover various methods of hydrologic computation, the basics of watershed modeling, applications of GIS in hydrology, and issues especially relevant to Southern California. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week and some field trips.

EOSC 493 | METHODS IN ENIVRONMENTAL AND OCEAN SCIENCES

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Training and practice in the gathering, analysis, interpretation, and communication of marine scientific data. Designed to extend and integrate the sampling and analytical procedures of marine science. Selected instrumentation and techniques, field experience, and laboratory time will be emphasized. Shipboard experiences, weekend, or extended field trips may be required. Course may be repeated for credit only upon approval of the chair of marine science and environmental studies.

EOSC 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS: ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCEAN SCIENCES

Units: 2-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity.

EOSC 495 | SENIOR SEMINAR

Units: 1

Prerequisites: EOSC 496 or EOSC 498

The techniques of seminar presentation will be studied by preparing and presenting individual seminars on topics of interest with emphasis from the student’s pathway. Enrollment for credit is limited to, and required of, all senior students majoring in marine science.

EOSC 496 | RESEARCH

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Students develop and/or assist in research projects in various fields of environmental studies under the supervision of a faculty member in Environmental and Ocean Sciences Studies.

EOSC 497 | UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY ASSISTANT

Units: 1

Assist laboratory instructor in all aspects of a Environmental and Ocean Sciences laboratory.

EOSC 498 | INTERNSHIP

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Experience in the practical and experimental application of environmental studies. Students will be involved in projects conducted by agencies and institutions outside the university, such as state parks, government agencies, research facilities, or environmental industries. Enrollment is arranged on an individual basis according to a student’s interest and background, and is dependent on positions available and faculty approval. The department internship coordinator should be consulted before beginning an internship. Taking one unit in two or more consecutive semesters is recommended, but variations can be arranged in advance with the instructor or the chair of Environmental and Ocean Sciences. A maximum of three internship units can be earned toward fulfillment of the requirements of the major. Pass/fail only. Every semester.

EOSC 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Independent study designed for individual student needs.

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