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Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Course Descriptions

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Courses (ENVI)
MARINE SCIENCE Courses (MARS)

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Courses (ENVI)

ENVI 104 Natural Disasters
ENVI 104 Natural Disasters Lab
ENVI 109 Introduction to Physical Geography
ENVI 110 Introduction to Earth Systems
ENVI 112 Ecology and Environmental Biology
ENVI 121 Life in the Ocean
ENVI 170 The Science of Climate Change
ENVI 294 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
ENVI 300 Environmental Issues
ENVI 305 Environmental Assessment Practices
ENVI 312 Introduction to GIS
ENVI 313 Geospatial Information Systems for Organizations
ENVI 314 Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis

ENVI 315 Geographic Information Systems
ENVI 331W Coastal Environmental Science
ENVI 355 Environmental Chemistry
ENVI 361 Ecological Communities of San Diego County
ENVI 364 Conservation Biology
ENVI 420 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENVI 485 Environmental Geology
ENVI 487 Surface Water Hydrology
ENVI 494 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
ENVI 495 Senior Seminar
ENVI 496 Research
ENVI 497 Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant
ENVI 498 Internship
ENVI 499 Independent Study


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104 Natural Disasters (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.

104 Natural Disasters Lab (1)

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. Prerequisite: concurrent registration in ENVI 104 or consent of instructor.

109 Introduction to Physical Geography (4)
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 hours of lecture 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.

110 Introduction to Earth Systems (4)
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.

112 Ecology and Environmental Biology (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.

121 Life in the Ocean (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.

170 The Science of Climate Change (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.

294 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (2-4)
Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity at the Lower-Division Level. Prerequisites: Dependent on topic or consent of the instructor.

300 Environmental Issues (3)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L or ENVI 109 or ENVI 110 and ENVI 121 or ENVI 112 (= BIOL 112) or BIOL 190, or consent of instructor.

305 Environmental Assessment Practices (3)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L or ENVI 109 or ENVI 110 and ENVI 112 or ENVI 121 or BIOL 190.

312 Introduction to GIS (3)
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. Prerequisite: MATH 115 or higher.

313 Geospatial Information Systems for Organizations
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. Prerequisite: ITMG 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

314 Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis (3)
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. Prerequisite: MATH 115 or higher.

315 Geographic Information Systems (3)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 313 OR ENVI 314 and MATH 115 or higher or consent of instructor.

331W Coastal Environmental Science (4)
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. Prerequisites: CHEM 151/151L and ENVI 121 or BIOL 221/221L.

355 Environmental Chemistry (3)
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. Prerequisites: CHEM 151/151L & 152/152L. Cross-listed as CHEM 355.

361 Ecological Communities of San Diego County (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.

364 Conservation Biology (4)
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. Prerequisites: BIOL 190, 221/221L, 225/225L, and 300. Cross-listed as BIOL 364.

420 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 312 or ENVI 313 or ENVI 314 and at least one course in physical science, or consent of instructor.

485 Environmental Geology (4)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L or ENVI 109 or ENVI 110 and MATH 115 or higher; or consent of instructor.

487 Surface Water Hydrology (4)
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L or ENVI 109 or ENVI 110 and MATH 120, or consent of instructor.

494 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (2-4)
Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity. Prerequisites: Upper-Division Standing and consent of instructor or chair of Marine Science and Environmental Studies; other prerequisites may apply.

495 Senior Seminar (1)
The techniques of seminar presentation will be studied by preparing and presenting individual seminars on topics of interest. Enrollment for credit is limited to, and required of, all senior students majoring in environmental studies. Prerequisites: Completion of two units of ENVI 496, 498, or an equivalent course. Every semester.

496 Research (1-3)
Students develop and/or assist in research projects in various fields of environmental studies under the supervision of a faculty member in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. Prerequisite: Approval of the faculty research supervisor is required. Every semester.

497 Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (1)
Assist laboratory instructor in all aspects of an Environmental Studies laboratory. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Pass/fail only. Every semester.

498 Internship (1-3)
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 Marine Science and Environmental Studies. A maximum of three internship units can be earned toward fulfillment of the requirements of the major. Pass/fail only. Every semester.

499 Independent Study (1-2)
An in-depth study of an environmental problem of the student’s choosing. Guidance and coordination will be offered through a weekly meeting. The student will be required to submit a written report. Prerequisite: consent of the chair of marine science and environmental studies. Every semester.

MARINE SCIENCE Courses (MARS)

MARS 101 Physical Aspects of the Ocean
MARS 220 Introduction to Physical Oceanography
MARS 294 Special Topics in Marine Science
MARS 427 Marine Environment
MARS 450 Geological Oceanography
MARS 451W Biological Oceanography
MARS 452 Physical and Chemical Oceanography
MARS 462 Biology of Fishes
MARS 464 Marine Community Ecology
MARS 468 Marine Ecology
MARS 473 Climatology
MARS 474 History of the Earth and Climate
MARS 474L History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory

MARS 478 Boundary Layer Flow
MARS 493 Methods in Marine Science
MARS 494 Special Topics in Marine Science
MARS 495 Senior Seminar
MARS 496 Research
MARS 497 Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant
MARS 498 Internship
MARS 499 Independent Study


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101 Physical Aspects of the Ocean / 3 UNITS

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.

220 Introduction to Physical Oceanography / 4 UNITS
The chemistry and physics of sea water, its circulation and physical properties; air-sea interactions; tides; currents; waves; and shoreline processes. This course is intended for students majoring or minoring in marine science or minoring in environmental studies. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 111 or 151/151L, or consent of instructor. Every semester.

294 Special topics in Marine Science (2-4)
Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity at the Lower-Division Level. Prerequisites: Dependent on topic or consent of the instructor.

427 Marine Environment / 3 UNITS
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L or ENVI 109 or ENVI 110 or MARS 220, and BIO 221/221L or ENVI 112 or ENVI 121 or consent of instructor.

450 Geological Oceanography / 4 UNITS
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 hours of lecture and one laboratory per week; some weekend field trips may be required. Fall semester. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/221L, ENVI 110, MARS 220, and MATH 115.

451W Biological Oceanography / 4 UNITS
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. Prerequisites: BIOL 190, 221/221L, and 300. Cross-listed as BIOL 451W.

452 Physical and Chemical Oceanography / 4 UNITS
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. Prerequisites: CHEM 152/152L, MARS 220, MATH 150, and PHYS 137 or 271.

462 Biology of Fishes / 4 Units
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. Prerequisite: BIOL 300 or equivalent. Three hours of lecture and one laboratory per week.

464 Marine Community Ecology / 4 Units
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. Prerequisites: BIOL 190, 221/221L, and 300.

468 Marine Ecology / 3 UNITS
Discussions of the ecological relationships within the sea, including such topics as production, community structure, and biogeography. Communities discussed may range from the coast to the deep sea, and cover plankton, nekton, and benthic communities. Three hours per week consisting of lectures and seminars.

473 Climatology / 4 UNITS
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 climatic 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. Prerequisites: ENVI 104/104L OR ENVI 110 OR ENVI 170 and MATH 120, or consent of instructor.

474 History of the Earth and Climate / 3 UNITS
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. Prerequisites: ENVI 110, or consent of instructor.

474L History of the Earth and Climate Laboratory / 1 Unit
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. Prerequisite: ENVI 110, MATH 115 or higher and concurrent registration in MARS 474, or consent of instructor

478 Boundary Layer Flow / 3 UNITS
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. Prerequisites: PHYS 136 and 137, or consent of instructor.

493 Methods in Marine Science / 1-3 UNITS
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.

494 Special Topics in Marine Science / 2-4 UNITS
Topics of special interest and/or unique opportunity. Prerequisites: Upper-Division standing and consent of instructor or chair of Marine Science and Environmental Studies; other prerequisites may apply.

495 Senior Seminar / 1 UNIT
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. Prerequisites: Completion of two units of MARS 496, 498, or an equivalent course. Every semester.

496 Research / 1-3 UNITS
Students develop and/or assist in research projects in various fields of marine science under the supervision of a faculty member in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. Prerequisite: Approval of the faculty research supervisor is required. Every semester.

497 Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant / 1 UNIT
Assist laboratory instructor in all aspects of a Marine Science laboratory. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Pass/fail only. Every semester.

498 Internship / 1-3 UNITS
Experience in the practical and experimental application of marine science. Students will be involved in projects conducted by agencies and institutions outside the university, such as state parks, government agencies, research facilities, or marine 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 Marine Science and Environmental Studies. A maximum of three internship units can be earned toward fulfillment of the requirements of the major. Pass/fail only. Every semester.

499 Independent Study / 1-2 UNITS
Independent study designed for individual student needs. Prerequisite: consent of the chair of Marine Science and Environmental Studies. Every semester.