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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Do you have a passion for protecting the environment? What about a desire for providing efficient and necessary clean water and waste disposal systems for underprivileged communities around the world? Or studying endangered species and helping maintain their natural habitats and, ultimately, their survival? CBU’s Bachelor of Science in environmental science is designed for students who have a desire to solve environmental challenges and be involved in their solutions.

At CBU, you will learn from professors who are dedicated to their students. You will have opportunities to work closely with faculty members and assist with research projects. This interaction will help you in choosing a career goal that fits your strengths and helps realize your goals. Many of our students also participate in clubs that our faculty advise, such as environmental science and biology clubs. They offer a wide range of fun-filled and academic events, including field trips, guest speakers and community service.

If you are wondering what you can do with an environmental science major, whatcanidowiththismajor.com is a great resource.

An Environmental Science Minor is also available.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in environmental science comparable to national standards in biology.
  • Critically analyze and discuss scientific journal articles.
  • Critically analyze and discuss selected contemporary and/or controversial issues in environmental science, enabling them to be informed citizens and participants in the public debate and discourse involving these issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in accurately conveying scientific data both orally and in writing.
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Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Soil Scientist
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Air and Water Quality Management
  • Agricultural Science
  • Land & Water Conservation
  • Fishery & Wildlife Management
  • Federal/State/County/City Agent - EPA, USDA, DOE, USFS, etc.
  • Parks and Outdoor Recreational Director
  • Forestry
  • Environmental Law
  • Planning: Building/Zoning and Land Use
  • Environmental Educator: Secondary Education, Community Colleges, and Colleges/Universities
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Environmental Science Major (63 units) BS

Lower Division Requirements

BIO114 General Botany with Lab

BIO114 General Botany with Lab

A study of the physiology, morphology, reproduction, and a survey of the plant kingdom, including fungi, algae, liverworts, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Emphasis will be placed on the development, reproduction and the relevance of plants to humans. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 BIO114-A A Lanphere, Jacob D. 01/06/2016 Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 BIO114-B B Lanphere, Jacob D. 01/06/2016 Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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BIO146 General Biology I with Lab

BIO146 General Biology I with Lab

Topics covered include cell structure and function, genetics, reproduction and development of animal systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 BIO146-K K Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-B B Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-C C Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-E E Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-A A Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-D D Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-F F Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-G G Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-H H Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-I I Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2015 BIO146-J J Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Spring 2016 BIO146-A A Koo, Bonjun 01/06/2016 Monday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 BIO146-B B Koo, Bonjun 01/06/2016 Monday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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BIO148 General Biology II with Lab

BIO148 General Biology II with Lab

Includes organismal biology of animals and plants, their behavior, ecology, evolution and adaptations. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 BIO148-A A Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2016 BIO148-B B Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2016 BIO148-C C Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2016 BIO148-D D Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2016 BIO148-E E Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2016 BIO148-F F Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2016 BIO148-G G Prins, Bruce 01/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
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CHE115 General Chemistry I with Lab

CHE115 General Chemistry I with Lab

Structure and behavior of inorganic matter and a mathematical treatment of chemical systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 102 or high school chemistry. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 CHE115-C C Suzuki, Satoru 09/08/2015 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2015 CHE115-B B Suzuki, Satoru 09/08/2015 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2015 CHE115-D D Suzuki, Satoru 09/08/2015 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2015 CHE115-E E Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2015 CHE115-G G Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2015 CHE115-H H Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2015 CHE115-A A Suzuki, Satoru 09/08/2015 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2015 CHE115-F F Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2015 CHE115-I I Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2015 CHE115-J J Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2016 CHE115-A A Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2016 CHE115-B B Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2016 CHE115-C C Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
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CHE125 General Chemistry II with Lab

CHE125 General Chemistry II with Lab

A continuation of Chemistry 115, including qualitative inorganic analysis. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 CHE125-A A Ferko, Thomas E. 01/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-B B Ferko, Thomas E. 01/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-C C Ferko, Thomas E. 01/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-D D Ferko, Thomas E. 01/06/2016 Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-E E Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-F F Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-G G Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2016 CHE125-H H Suzuki, Satoru 01/06/2016 Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
123
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ENV110 Intro to Enviro Science with Lab

ENV110 Intro to Enviro Science with Lab

This interdisciplinary class approach to our environment emphasizes the study of the physical, chemical, biological problems of the Earth. It includes human interactions with the environment, the impact of human development, and technology on the quality of natural resources and living organisms. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENV110-A A Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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MAT145 Mathematical Methods Nat Science

MAT145 Mathematical Methods Nat Science

A calculus-based course including an introduction to derivatives and integrals, dimensional analysis, analytical geometry, trigonometry, vectors, experimental error and other topics to provide a mathematical foundation for natural science majors. Prerequisite: MAT 115, 135 or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 MAT145-A A Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 MAT145-B B Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 MAT145-C C Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/06/2016 Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall
124
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STA144 Introduction to Statistics

STA144 Introduction to Statistics

Mathematical theory and applications, development of formulae, principles of statistical decision theory, descriptive measurements, probability concepts, random variables, normal distribution, inferential statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi-squared procedures, linear regression, and the use of computers in statistics. Prerequisite: MAT 115 or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 STA144-C C Farnham, Paul T. 09/08/2015 Array Array - Array Online
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Fall 2015 STA144-D D Farnham, Paul T. 09/08/2015 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2015 STA144-E E Willett, Robert James 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBA
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Fall 2015 STA144-F F Willett, Robert James 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2015 STA144-B B Nielsen, Michelle N. 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Fall 2015 STA144-A A Carothers, Linn E. 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B110
Spring 2016 STA144-A A Carothers, Linn E. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
202
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Upper Division Requirements

BIO302 Ecology with Lab

BIO302 Ecology with Lab

The study of the interrelations of plants and animals in relation to the environment. Field study and local ecology are emphasized. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 114, 143, or 146. (4 units; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 BIO302-A A Koo, Bonjun 01/06/2016 Array Array - Array TBA
130
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CHE370 Environmental Chemistry with Lab

CHE370 Environmental Chemistry with Lab

Environmental Chemistry is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the key environmental problems our world faces, by exploring the chemistry of our air, water, and soil and integrating this to describe human and ecological exposures to chemicals in the environment. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit): Additional lab fee: Prerequisite: CHE 115, CHE 125 and either BIO146 or BIO148. (4 units; Spring odd years)

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ENV380 Environmental Science Seminar

ENV380 Environmental Science Seminar

An introduction to performing environmental science research including lectures and discussions on literature research, scientific writing, reading scientific journal articles, public speaking, Job interview and resume preparation, and professional conduct. Students make both written and oral presentations on topics in Environmental Sciences. (1 unit; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENV380-A A Koo, Bonjun 01/06/2016 Array Array - Array TBA
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ENV390 Stewardship of the Environment

ENV390 Stewardship of the Environment

Show the effect of human on a local, regional, and global scale of biodiversity and environment. Topics include sustainability, environmental changes, alternative energy, global warming, deforestations, and environmental quality. Case studies will be used to examine environmental issues associated with a human population. Lecture (3 units). Prerequisite: ENV 110. (3 units, Fall even years)

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ENV450 Envrmntl Organic Chemistry W/Lab

ENV450 Envrmntl Organic Chemistry W/Lab

This course focuses on the fundamental processes that govern the fate and transport of anthropogenic organic chemicals in the natural environment. This course explores chemical and physical properties of organic contaminants, relationship for organic chemicals solubility and partitioning between the phases of interest; water, soil, air, and biota, and transformation processes. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: CHE 125 and ENV 360. (4 units; Fall odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENV450-A A Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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ENV470 Adv Environmental Science w/Lab

ENV470 Adv Environmental Science w/Lab

Explores the fundamental principles of and issues of environmental studies including the history of environmental concerns, biomes, species interactions with each other and their environment, air, water, soil and biological resources. Topics include soil science and soil as a natural resource, physical and chemical aspects of the atmosphere and water resources. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: CHE 115 and ENV110. (4 units; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 ENV470-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/06/2016 Array Array - Array TBA
130
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Upper Division Electives

Twelve (12) units from the following

BIO305 Microbiology with Lab

BIO305 Microbiology with Lab

A general survey of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria. The study includes morphologic characteristics, growth, reproduction, metabolism, genetics and taxonomy of bacteria; a general survey of viruses, fungi, protozoans and algae; and microbiology of food, water, soil and industry. Mechanisms of pathogenesis and control of microorganisms of human relevance will also be introduced. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 146 or 153. Recommended: High school chemistry or CHE 102. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 BIO305-D D Park, Hyun-Woo 09/08/2015 Tuesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2015 BIO305-A A Park, Hyun-Woo 09/08/2015 Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2015 BIO305-B B Park, Hyun-Woo 09/08/2015 Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2015 BIO305-C C Park, Hyun-Woo 09/08/2015 Tuesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
251
Spring 2016 BIO305-A A Park, Hyun-Woo 01/06/2016 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Spring 2016 BIO305-B B Park, Hyun-Woo 01/06/2016 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Spring 2016 BIO305-C C Park, Hyun-Woo 01/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
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BIO313 Genetics

BIO313 Genetics

The principles of genetics including Mendelian, nature of genetic materials, chromosome mechanics, genetic recombination, and gene action. Emphasis will be placed on the transmission of genetic factors. Prerequisite: BIO 146 (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 BIO313-A A Szeto, Daniel P. 09/08/2015 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2015 BIO313-B B Szeto, Daniel P. 09/08/2015 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Spring 2016 BIO313-A A Szeto, Daniel P. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 BIO313-B B Szeto, Daniel P. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15 AM - 12:12 PM TBA
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Spring 2016 BIO313-C C Szeto, Daniel P. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2016 BIO313-D D Szeto, Daniel P. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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CHE321 Analytical Chemistry with Lab

CHE321 Analytical Chemistry with Lab

A survey of separation and quantitation principles and methods. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 125. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 CHE321-A A Ferko, Thomas E. 09/08/2015 Monday 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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CHE470 Instrumental Analysis

CHE470 Instrumental Analysis

This course is a study of instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques with emphasis on the theory, design and applications of various instruments. Lecture (2 units) and required laboratory (2 units). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 321. (4 units; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2016 CHE470-A A Ferko, Thomas E. 01/06/2016 Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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ENV400 Special Topics in Envrnmntl Sci

ENV400 Special Topics in Envrnmntl Sci

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of Environmental Science. Topic varies for different semesters. May be repeated for credit with change in topic for a maximum of eight (8) units. (1-4 units; As offered)

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ENV400L Special Tpcs in Envrnmtl Sci Lab

ENV400L Special Tpcs in Envrnmtl Sci Lab

This laboratory course will be offered in conjunction with the special topics course to provide instruction with hands on experience. Topic varies for different semesters. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. (1 unit; As offered)

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ENV490 Resrch in Environmental Science

ENV490 Resrch in Environmental Science

This class focuses on laboratory and field research projects and topics of current or historical interests in environmental science. Individual research on a problem relating to environmental science will be conducted under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of eight (8) units with a change in content. Prerequisites: ENV 470 and permission of the Department Chair. (1-4 units; Fall/Spring/Summer)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENV490-A A Koo, Bonjun 09/08/2015 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Fall 2015 ENV490-B B Lanphere, Jacob D. 09/08/2015 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Spring 2016 ENV490-A A Koo, Bonjun 01/06/2016 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Spring 2016 ENV490-B B Lanphere, Jacob D. 01/06/2016 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
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SCI412 Topics Marine Science

SCI412 Topics Marine Science

This class deals with research projects and topics of current or historical interest which are not normally covered in other established courses. Content variable from year to year. Prerequisite: BIO 148. (1-4 units)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 SCI412-A A Lanphere, Jacob D. 10/10/2015 Saturday 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM Yeager Center
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Spring 2016 SCI412-A A Lanphere, Jacob D. 02/14/2016 Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Yeager Center
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