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Ideal MCSci Major Study Plan

The following is a sample study plan for first year Marine and Coastal Science majors. It includes Bodega Marine Lab coursework during the summer after Junior year, but this requirement can be fulfilled in different ways or at a different time. The information here is provided for your convenience; classes are subject to change. See your major advisor for help creating a personalized academic plan.

Ideal MCSci Major Study Plans (pdf)


Year 1

  • Fall Quarter Total: 8-9 units 
    • CHE 2A (5)
    • MAT 16A or 17A or 21A (3-4)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 13-14 units 
    • CHE 2B (5)
    • MAT 16B or 17B or 21B (3-4)
    • BIS 2B (5)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 13-14 units 
    • CHE 2C (5)
    • MAT 16C or 17C or 21C (3-4)
    • BIS 2C (5)

Year 2

  • Fall Quarter Total: 11-12 units 
    • BIS 2A (5)
    • CHE 8A* (2)
    • PHY 7A or 9A (4-5)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 11-12 units 
    • CHE 8B* (4) 
    • PHY 7B or 9B (4-5)
    • GEL 16 (3)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 11-12 units 
    • PHY 7C or 9C (4-5)
    • BIS 101* (4)
    • EVE 12 (3)

Year 3

  • Fall Quarter Total: 10-12 units 
    • BIS 105* (3)
    • Depth Course (4-5)
    • Focus Course (3-4)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 9-10 units 
    • BIS 104* (3)
    • GEL/ESP 116N (3)
    • Focus Course (3-4)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 9-10 units 
    • STA 100 (4)
    • Depth Course (4-5)
    • EVE/ESP 111 (1)
  • Summer Total: 10 units 
    • Field Requirement
      • Research/Internship (3)
      • Focus Course (4)
      • GEL/ESP 150C** (3)

Year 4

  • Fall Quarter Total: 7-8 units 
    • GEL/ESP 150A** (4)
    • Breadth Course (3-4)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 6-7 units 
    • GEL/ESP 150B** (3)
    • Breadth Course (3-4)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 6-8 units 
    • Focus Course (3-4)
    • Breadth Course (3-4)

*Only required for the focus in Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology
**Choose two from GEL/ESP 150A, 150B, and 150C