Marine and Coastal Science Major
The major in Marine and Coastal Science focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of marine sciences by exposing students to core, breadth, and focus area courses in the discipline, in addition to a strong foundation of science preparatory material. The major builds upon strengths at UC Davis in marine and coastal sciences as well as field-based courses offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory to provide students a unique, interdisciplinary, “hands on” education.
The major begins with introductory courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and earth sciences. These are followed by core courses in Marine Science. The major requirements provide focus and breadth, so that each student gains mastery in one area and broad exposure to many facets of Marine and Coastal Science. Focus and Breadth areas include: Coastal Environmental Processes, Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology, Marine Environmental Chemistry, or Oceans and the Earth System.
The student’s chosen Focus Area will determine the college into which the student is admitted, the college where the degree is awarded, and the associated department (in parentheses), as listed below:
- Coastal Environmental Processes: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Science & Policy)
- Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology: College of Biological Sciences (Evolution & Ecology)
- Marine Environmental Chemistry: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Environmental Toxicology)
- Oceans and the Earth System: College of Letters and Science (Earth and Planetary Sciences)