Formal coursework will introduce students to interconnected aspects of estuarine and coastal processes, biotic responses, critical habitats, human impacts, and resource management issues associated with global change. Graduate seminars will emphasize critical reading of relevant primary literature. Workshops will address professional skills, scientific communication, scientific writing, data analysis, ethics and budgeting. The two required graduate electives can be taken any semester and are designed to further the working knowledge of the subject that pertains to thesis research. The most appropriate electives for you will be discussed and decided upon with your advisor. It is required that at least one of the two electives be a graduate seminar course. The majority of these courses are held at the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center.


Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2 (~9U) Fall Year 3
Semester 1 Semester 2 No classes, no tuition Semester 3 Semester 4 No classes Grace period
9+ Units 7+ Units 0 Units 7+ Units 7+ Units 0 Units 0 Units

Coursework Trajectory

Course # Course Name Fall Year 1
Semester 1
Spring Year 1
Semester 2
Fall Year 2
Semester 3
Spring Year 2
Semester 4

BIOL 708

Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists 3 Units      

MSCI 709

Foundations in Global Change in Urbanized Coasts and Estuaries 6 Units      

BIOL 716

Scientific Writing   3 Units    

MSCI 717

Writing and Professional Skills Workshop I     1 Unit  

MSCI 788

Professional Internship     3 Units  

MSCI 718

Writing and Professional Skills Workshop II       1 Unit

BIOL 883

Current EOS Center Research (Wedndesday Colloquium) 4 Units Total (can be taken twice)
BIOL 863, GEOG 857,
ERTH 795, CHEM 708, etc
2 Graduate level electives (seminars and/or lectures) 4-7 Units Total (one seminar required)


Graduate Research 5 Units throughout 4 semesters


Master's Thesis & Oral Defense       3-4 Units