Environmental and Ocean Sciences Course Listing

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Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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
or EOSC 105 Natural Disasters with 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
or EOSC 303 Environmental Issues Abroad
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
or EOSC 301W
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. One of the biological electives can be interdisciplinary between biological and geo/physical or non-science topics.
Biological Courses:
EOSC 350Invertebrate Zoology4
EOSC 400Topics in Ecology *3-4
EOSC 401Topics in Environmental Biology3-4
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment *4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology *4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology *4
EOSC 434Wetlands Ecology with Lab *4
EOSC 435Wetlands Ecology *3
EOSC 451Biological Oceanography *4
EOSC 462Biology of Fishes4
EOSC 465Marine Mammals3
Geo/Physical Courses:
EOSC 402Topics in Marine Geo/Physical/Chemical Science3-4
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography4
EOSC 452Marine Geochemistry4
EOSC 473Climatology4
Interdisciplinary Courses with Biological Component:
EOSC 405Topics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science/Studies3-4
EOSC 406Topics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science3-4
Or approved study abroad courses.
A Biology minor is required for the Marine Ecology pathway (18 units):
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
4
10 units of upper division Biology that must include:10
BIOL 300Genetics
and/or
BIOL 305Ecology

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 IUnits
EOSC 123, 110,
or 105
Organisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 150Calculus I4
CC or Electives 3-6
Semester IIHours
EOSC 110, 105,
or 123
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
CC or Electives6-9
Second Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 220
or 222
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems4
CHEM 301
301L
Organic Chemistry I4
CC or Electives3-6
Semester IIHours
EOSC 222
or 220
Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
BIOL 242
242L
Genomes and Evolution4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC or Electives3-6
Junior Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
BIOL 300
or 305
Genetics
Ecology
3
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives3-6
Semester IIHours
Pathway Electives*7-8
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
Pathway Elective*3-4
Upper Division Biology Course3-4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester IIHours
Pathway Electives*3-4
Upper Division Biology Course3-4
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
or EOSC 105 Natural Disasters with 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
or EOSC 303 Environmental Issues Abroad
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
or EOSC 301W
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. One of the geo/physical electives can be interdisciplinary between geo/physical and biological or non-science topics.
Geo/Physical Courses:
EOSC 402Topics in Marine Geo/Physical/Chemical Science3-4
EOSC 403Topics in Geo/Physical/Chemical Science3-4
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
EOSC 488Geomorphology4
Ecological Courses:
EOSC 400Topics in Ecology3-4
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology4
EOSC 434Wetlands Ecology with Lab4
EOSC 435Wetlands Ecology3
EOSC 451Biological Oceanography4
Interdisciplinary Courses with Geo/physical Component:
EOSC 406Topics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science3-4
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 IUnits
EOSC 123, 110,
or 105
Organisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
CC or Electives4-9
Semester IIHours
EOSC 110, 105,
or 123
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
MATH 150Calculus I4
CC or Electives3-6
Second Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 220
or 222
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC or Electives4-9
Semester IIHours
EOSC 222
or 220
Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
CC or Electives9-12
Junior Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives4-9
Semester IIHours
EOSC 314*Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
Pathway Elective*3-4
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
Pathway Elective*3-4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives8-12
Semester IIHours
Pathway Electives*3-4
CC or Electives9-12

Recommended Program of Study for Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) Pathway

The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (ITPP) provides paths to 4-year science and math degrees that include a teaching credential and preparation for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Students who are interested in middle or secondary education (grades 6-12) in California may earn a degree in environmental and ocean sciences while simultaneously completing requirements for a teaching credential. The degree integrates content knowledge and laboratory practices in the discipline, evidence-based teaching/learning theories, teaching performance expectations, and pre-student teaching clinical practice while satisfying baccalaureate degree requirements and CTC single subject credential program standards. There is some flexibility to meet individual needs. Students are encouraged to consult the ITPP website (http://www.sandiego.edu/itpp) and advisors (itpp@sandiego.edu) to ensure that their needs and interests will be met.

In addition to all courses for the environmental science pathway and BIOL 240/BIOL 240L, students completing the ITPP pathway must also take the following:

EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 337PFoundations in Curriculum and Instruction Theory: Secondary Praxis in Historical Context3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3

The following paradigm is included as a guide only, and should not be interpreted in a rigid sense.  Elective courses may be taken at any time as long as the course prerequisites have been satisfied. 

First Year
Semester IUnits
EOSC 110Introduction to Geosciences4
EOSC 123Organisms and Ecosystems4
CC or Electives6-8
Semester IIHours
BIOL 240
240L
Bioenergetics and Systems4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences4
CC or Electives3
Semester III (Summer)Hours
MATH 150Calculus I4
Second Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 222Environmental Data Analysis3
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II4
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
CC or Electives6-8
Semester IIHours
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
CC or Electives6-8
Semester III (Summer)Hours
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
CC or Elective3
Third Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
PHYS 136
136L
General Physics I4
CC or Electives3-6
Semester IIHours
EOSC Elective3-4
EDUC 332PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
CC or Electives6
Semester III (Summer)Hours
CC or Electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
EDUC 334PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 491PStudent Teaching for the Single Subject Credential9
EDUC 491SStudent Teaching Seminar for the Single Subject Credential3
Semester IIHours
EOSC Electives7-8
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives6-8

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
or EOSC 105 Natural Disasters with 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
or POLS 170 Introduction to International Relations
MATH 115College Algebra3
or MATH 130 Survey of Calculus
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Upper Division Core (20 units)
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
or EOSC 303 Environmental Issues Abroad
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
or EOSC 301W
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices3
EOSC 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
PHIL 338Environmental Ethics3
or 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 or an interdisciplinary EOSC elective.
Science Courses:
EOSC 350Invertebrate Zoology4
EOSC 355Environmental Chemistry3
EOSC 400Topics in Ecology3-4
EOSC 401Topics in Environmental Biology3-4
EOSC 402Topics in Marine Geo/Physical/Chemical Science3-4
EOSC 403Topics in Geo/Physical/Chemical Science3-4
EOSC 415Geographic Information Systems4
EOSC 420Introduction to Remote Sensing4
EOSC 431Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
EOSC 433Plankton Ecology4
EOSC 434Wetlands Ecology with Lab4
EOSC 435Wetlands Ecology3
EOSC 450Geological Oceanography4
EOSC 451Biological 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
EOSC 488Geomorphology4
Non-Science Courses:
ECON 308Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
EOSC 404Topics in Environmental Studies3-4
HIST 370American Environmental History3
POLS 329Law of the Sea3
POLS 348Indigenous Peoples and the Environment3
POLS 349Politics and the Environment3
SOCI 315Health and Society3
SOCI 471Environmental Inequality and Justice3
THRS 338Faith & Environmental Justice3
Other upper division courses by approval in ECON, ETHN, HIST, PHIL, POLS, SOCI and THRS.
And approved study abroad courses.
Interdisciplinary EOSC Courses:
EOSC 405Topics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science/Studies3-4
EOSC 406Topics in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science3-4

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 satisfy Core requirements, as many as 19 units

Recommended Program of Study for Environmental Studies Pathway

First Year
Semester IUnits
EOSC 123, 110,
or 105
Organisms and Ecosystems
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
4
MATH 115College Algebra3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
CC or Electives3-6
Semester IIHours
EOSC 110, 105,
or 123
Introduction to Geosciences
Natural Disasters with Lab
Organisms and Ecosystems
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
CC or Electives3-6
Second Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 220
or 222
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Environmental Data Analysis
3-4
POLS 120
or 170
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to International Relations
3
CC or Electives6-9
Semester IIHours
EOSC 222
or 220
Environmental Data Analysis
Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
3-4
CC or Electives8+
Junior Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 300Environmental Issues3
EOSC 301Research Applications in Environmental and Ocean Sciences4
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester IIHours
EOSC 314*Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis4
PHIL 338
or 344
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Justice
3
EOSC 496, 498,
or 499
Research
Internship
Independent Study
1
CC or Electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices3
Pathway Elective*3-4
EOSC 495Senior Seminar1
CC or Electives6-9
Semester IIHours
Pathway Electives*6-7
CC or Electives6-9

Combined Degree Program (BA/MS)

Undergraduates who are completing a degree in Environmental and Ocean Sciences can apply for admission to the MS program before finishing the BA.  Students can apply up to 12 units of course work toward the requirements for both degrees.  Applications are accepted during a student's junior or senior year as an undergraduate, following a process similar to the standard application procedure for admission to the Environmental and Ocean Sciences MS Program.  Admitted students have undergraduate status until they complete their BA degree requirements, then become graduate students during the subsequent fall semester.  Students need to complete a minimum of 18 units while they have graduate student status in order to satisfy the combined degree program requirements.

For students enrolled in the combined degree program, below is a recommended program of study for the student’s first year solely in the graduate program. For the undergraduate years, see the recommended programs of study for each pathway in the undergraduate program in Environmental and Ocean Sciences.

Recommended Program of Study - Graduate

First Year
Semester IUnits
EOSC 500Core Seminar I2
Graduate Science Course or Elective3-4
EOSC 596Research3-4
Semester IIHours
EOSC 501Core Seminar II2
EOSC 596Research2-3
EOSC 596 or Elective3-4
EOSC 597Thesis1

Note: Students who will not finish by the end of their first year in the MS program should take 8 units in semester II of the first graduate year and 0.5-1 unit of EOSC 597 each semester until they finish.