Marine Science at Moss Landing
MSCI 103. Marine Ecology
Prerequisites: ecology and statistics (or concurrent registration in MSCI 104) or permission of instructor. A field-oriented introduction to the interrelationships between marine and estuarine organisms and their environment with emphasis on quantitative data collection and analysis. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 104. Quantitative Marine Science
Prerequisite: college mathematics. The mathematical methods for analysis of biological, chemical, and physical data from the marine environment; experimental design, parametric and nonparametric statistics. (3 lecture, 3 lab or field hours)
MSCI 105. Marine Science Diving
Prerequisites: upper-division science major; thorough physical examination; ability to pass swimming test. Skin and SCUBA diving course; pool-training culminates in 10 ocean dives. Topics include diving physics, physiology, diving environments, night diving environments, night diving, and research diving. Succesful completion gives NAUI and MLML certification. (1 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 112. Marine Birds and Mammals
Prerequisite: upper-division vertebrate zoology; MSCI 103 recommended. Systematics, morphology, ecology, and general biology of marine birds and mammals. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 113. Marine Ichthyology
Prerequisite: college zoology or equivalent. Taxonomy, morphology, and ecology of marine fishes. Both field and laboratory work concentrate on the structure, function, and habits of marine fishes and the ecological interactions of these fishes with their biotic and abiotic surroundings. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 124. Marine Invertebrate Zoology I
Prerequisite: college zoology or permission of instructor; MSCI 103 recommended. A field-oriented introduction to the structure, systematics, evolution, and life histories of the major phyla. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 125. Marine Invertebrate Zoology II
Prerequisite: college zoology or permission of instructor; MSCI 103 and MSCI 124 recommended. A field-oriented introduction to the structure, systematics, evolution, and life histories of the minor phyla. (1 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 131. Marine Botany
Prerequisite: MSCI 103 recommended. Introduction to the plants of the sea, marshes, and dunes, with emphasis on the morphology, taxonomy, and natural history of seaweeds and vascular plants. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 135. Physiology of Marine Algae
Prerequisites: MSCI 103, MSCI 131, MSCI 144. Develops physiological basis for understanding the adaptation of marine algae (seaweeds and microalgae) to their environment. Students will learn modern methods in physiological research, covering areas such as photosynthesis, respiration, enzyme activity, biochemical composition. (2 lecture, 6 lab hours)
MSCI 141. Geological Oceanography
Prerequisite: MSCI 142 or MSCI 143 or concurrently. Structures, physiography, and sediments of the sea bottom and shoreline. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 142. Physical Oceanography
Prerequisite: college algebra; college physics recommended. An introduction to the nature and causes of various oceanic motions including currents, waves, tides and mixing, and the physical properties of seawater including transmission of sound and light; does not required calculus. (3 lecture, 3 lab or field hours)
MSCI 143. Chemical Oceanography
Prerequisite: one year of college chemistry. An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemistry of the oceans, including major salts, dissolved gases, nutrient ions, carbonate system, transient tracers, and shipboard sampling techniques. (2 lecture, 6 lab and field hours)
MSCI 144. Biological Oceanography
Prerequisites: general biology and general chemistry. The ocean as an ecological system. Emphasis is on the complexity of organismal-environmental interaction of the plankton, the transfer of organic matter between trophic levels and nutrient cycles. Laboratory includes methods in sampling, shipboard techniques, identification of plankton, and current analytical techniques. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 173T. Topics in Marine Biology
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The study of a selected area in marine biology (morphology, physiology, ecology, etc.). Subjects will vary depending on student demand and availability of instructors. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
MSCI 174T. Topics in Oceanography
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The study of selected areas in oceanography; subject varies depending on student demand and availability of instructors. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
MSCI 175T. Topics in Marine Science
The study of a selected area in the marine sciences. The subjects vary depending on student demand and availability of instructors. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
MSCI 180. Independent Study
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Faculty directed study of selected problems; open to under graduate students with adequate preparation. Approved for RP grading.
Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 6 units
MSCI 201. Library Research Methods in Marine Science
Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Provides framework for using and evaluating information sources in marine science. Strong emphasis will be placed on developing critical skills. Interweaving bibliographic tools in to the history of marine science will reinforce knowledge of the appropriate resource for each question.
MSCI 202. Oceanographic Instrumentation
Prerequisites: MSCI 141, MSCI 142 and permission of instructor. Principles of instruments used in oceanographic research, introduction to electronics, and applications of instrument measurements. Emphasis will vary from CTD profilers, current meters, radiometry, and chemical measurements. Offered alternate spring semesters. (2 lecture 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 204. Sampling and Experimental Design
Prerequisites: MSCI 103, MSCI 104. Basic design of experiments and field sampling, including random sampling, systemic sampling, subsampling, survey techniques, and design of single and multifactor experiments using randomized and block experimental designs.
MSCI 206. Molecular Biological Techniques
Prerequisites: graduate standing; college level genetics, molecular biology, or permission of instructor. Laboratory-based overview of concepts and techniques for the isolation, characterization, and analysis of DNA and RNA. Covers standard methods (amplification, cloning, and sequencing), and selected specialized techniques (analysis of gene expression), emphasizing marine science applications.
MSCI 208. Scientific Methods
Prerequisite: graduate standing, permission of instructor. Information and skills for graduate students beginning their research careers. Includes the philosophy of science, scientific writing, design of experiments and sampling programs, and using library and other resources.
MSCI 211. Ecology of Marine Birds and Mammals
Prerequisites: MSCI 103, MSCI 104, MSCI 112. Community approach to the ecology of marine birds and mammals using experimental and sampling methodology. Examines the distribution, abundance, trophic ecology, and behavior of birds and mammals in Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay.
MSCI 212T. Advanced Topics in Marine Vertebrates
Prerequisites: MSCI 112 or MSCI 113 and permission of instructor. Advanced considerations of the ecology, physiology, and phylogeny of fishes, birds, reptiles or mammals; emphasizing current literature and research. Topics and emphasis will vary with term and instructor. May be repeated once for credit if no topic is repeated. Likely to be offered alternate fall semesters. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 8 units
MSCI 221T. Advanced Topics in Marine Invertebrates
Prerequisites: MSCI 124 and permission of instructor. Advanced considerations of the ecology, physiology, and phylogeny of the various invertebrate phyla emphasizing current literature and research. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
MSCI 231. Biology of the Seaweeds
Discussions of marine macroalgal biology with extensive reading of original literature. Ecologically-oriented individual research projects involving laboratory culture and field experimentation.
MSCI 233T. Advanced Topics in Marine Ecology
Prerequisites: MSCI 103 and permission of instructor. Selected topics and current issues in marine ecology; subjects vary depending on student demand and availability of instructors. (Lecture and/or laboratory)
MSCI 234. Advanced Biological Oceanography
Prerequisite: MSCI 144 or permission of instructor. Experimental techniques in biological oceanography with emphasis on problems important in plankton ecology. Lectures, labs, and discussions of current research problems. An individual research project involving analytical tools will be required. (2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 246. Geology of the Monterey Bay Region
Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Geology, tectonic, and active naturally occuring processes in the Monterey Bay region and in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The geologic and tectonic history of central California, plate tectonic processes, and representative stratigraphy and geomorphology of the Monterey Bay region.
MSCI 248. Marine Benthic Habitat Techniques
Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Collection and interpretation of geophysical data used to characterize marine benthic habitats. Principles of basic geophysics. Application of techniques to identify and characterize marine benthic habitats, including echosounders, multibeam bathymetry and backscatter, sidescan sonar, seismic profiling, and GIS.
MSCI 261. Ocean Circulation and Mixing
Prerequisite: MSCI 142; college physics strongly recommended. Mathematical description of the distribution of properties (e.g., density, dissolved oxygen) in the oceans relating to physical and biochemical processes; theory of distribution of variables, geostrophic method. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)
MSCI 262. Satellite Oceanography
Prerequisite: MSCI 142, MSCI 144, or permission of instructor; MSCI 263 strongly recommended. Physical principles of remote sensing with application to the ocean including satellite image processing methods. Labs involve use of PC and Unix workstation. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
MSCI 263. Application of Computers in Oceanography
Prerequisites: college math, permission of instructor. Lecture, discussion, and technical programming with MATLAB for computation and visualization with applications in marine sciences. Use of existing program libraries for data I/O and analysis. Offered fall semesters. (2 lecture, 6 lab hours)
MSCI 271. Population Biology
Prerequisites: MSCI 103 and MSCI 104 or permission of instructor. Principles of the interaction among marine organisms which result in the alternation of population structures, techniques for assessment, and management of animal populations. (2 lecture, 3 lab or field hours)
MSCI 272. Subtidal Ecology
Prerequisites: MLML diver certification and marine ecology; knowledge of marine algae, invertebrates, and statistics recommended. The ecology of nearshore rocky subtidal populations and communities with emphasis on kelp forests; lectures and discussions of original literature; fieldwork with SCUBA including group projects on underwater research techniques and community analysis, and indivvidual research on ecological questions chosen by student. ( 2 lecture, 6 lab or field hours)
MSCI 273. Marine Environmental Studies of the Gulf of California
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and instructor's consent. An analysis of Gulf of California marine environments. Lectures, readings, intensive field work, and writing a scientific paper based on original research. Topics vary. Taught with Mexican faculty and students from La Paz, Mexico. Students must be able to participate in 2 weeks of field work in June. Offered spring semesters.
Units: 4, Repeatable up to 8 units
MSCI 280W. Scientific Writing
Prerequisites: graduate standing, permission of instructor. Techniques and strategies of scientific writing used for proposals, journal submissions, and abstracts of meetings. Students will develop their writing skills by preparing, editing and rewriting
MSCI 285T. Seminar in Marine Science
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor. Seminar will be held on topics that change each semester; each student will be required to give at least one seminar. May be repeated for credit. Offered spring and fall semesters.
Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
MSCI 285T. Graduate Seminar in Marine Science - Time Series Analysis
Analysis of temporal records in geosciences. Normal distribution, regressions, correlation and covariance, factor analysis, and spectral analysis techniques. Independent student-led problem solving class meetings.
Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
MSCI 285T. Graduate Seminar in Marine Science - Climate Change
This seminar is a multidisciplinary approach to climate changes and the study of the interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere and lithosphere in marine sciences. Earth?s climate has abruptly changed and changed the environment many times in the geologic past. The record of past climate variations is the key to understand modern changes and to predicted future climate variations and their effects on life on our planet. Students will present and discuss peer-reviewed articles on different topics concerning the complexity of the Earth systems and their interactions at different time scales and will discuss society?s understanding or our modern climate state through discussion of the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and various literature surrounding it.
Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
MSCI 295. Research in the Marine Sciences
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Independent investigations of an advanced character for the graduate student with adequate preparation. (3 conference, lab, and field hours per unit)
MSCI 299. Thesis
Prerequisite: See [-LINK-]. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for SP grading. _______________
MSCI 299C. Thesis Continuation
Pre-requisite: Thesis MSCI 299. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.