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Marine Science

Applications for Winter 2022 ONLINE Marine Science Tier 1 courses are now being accepted. Stay tuned for Tier 2 and 3 courses.

A limited number of spots are available in each course in order to maintain a low student-instructor ratio. Please apply as soon as possible to receive consideration for a spot in your desired program(s). For inquiries, please email UCSD Pre-College Programs (precollege@ucsd.edu) and nyen@ucsd.edu.

The following programs are designed to empower high school students to share learning, network with peers, and become environmental advocates. The goal of this program is to develop problem solving, organization, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills that will support future career goals and aspirations.

Tier 1 courses offer students a foundation in ocean sciences, specifically marine biology and related disciplines. Students will explore the diversity of life and how biological, chemical and physical processes drive ecosystem dynamics in a marine environment. Each course is designed to target relevant, contemporary environmental issues while providing a pathway for students to participate in our Tier 2, research workshops. Tier 1 courses are also designed for students who are simply interested in learning more about the marine environment and associated marine science career pathways.

Tier 1 Courses are currently offered online. These 4 or 8 week courses are designed to acclimate students to a university summer and quarter systems, respectively. Each week, students will have 2 asynchronous, interactive and gamified lessons. Synchronous sessions are designed for student collaboration and discussion, guest speaker interactions, and guided virtual lab experiences. These courses are aimed to foster next generation critical thinkers, communicators, creators and stewards of the ocean environment.

Tier 2 courses offer students a multidisciplinary practical research experience in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography graduate students and other active marine science researchers in various industries. Students will partner with researchers and can participate in, design and run their own projects on California Coastal Ecology, Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration, Animal Physiology, Thermodynamics, Metabolics, and Fisheries Science to name a few. Field-based excursions to intertidal zones, salt marshes, and other marine ecosystems in San Diego are an integral part of this program; however, some projects are also adapted with an at-home lab component for non-local students.

Tier 3 courses offer students that have participated in one or more Tier 2 courses the opportunity to practice critical literacy skills specifically needed in scientific writing, and publish studies in our Marine Science, Research Scholars Journal. The purpose of Tier 2 and 3 workshops is to participate in scientific studies that generate data needed to advocate for the environment and the communities that rely on a healthy system.


Tier 1 Courses

Introduction to Marine Science (Winter 2022)

Introduction to Marine Science (Click here to apply)

Dates:  January 17, 2022 - March 7, 2022 (8 weeks) 
Tuition: $2,000  - Scholarship available, click here to apply.                                   
Grade Level: 9-12th grade
Schedule: 

  • Synchronous
    • Session 1: Mondays (4-5:20 PST);
    • Session 2: Wednesdays (4-5:20 PM PST)
  • Asynchronous - 2 lessons / week

The Introduction to Marine Science course is designed to expose students to the processes, functions, and life forms of Earth’s incredible ocean environment. Students will develop a comprehensive foundation in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography by examining major taxonomic groups of marine organisms, important marine ecosystems and habitats, and by exploring current research and applied careers. Through interactive lectures, labs, and discussions, students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of the ocean community and how it relates to their own lives. This course is available for 4 pre-college units.

Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of Oceanography
  • Introduction to Organismal Biology
  • Marine Ecosystem Diversity and Services
  • Marine Conservation and Marine Science Careers 
Click here for optional lab supplies. 

Introduction to Marine Science (Spring 2022)

Introduction to Marine Science (Click here to apply)

Dates:  March 28, 2022 - May 16, 2022  (8 weeks)
Tuition: $2,000
Grade Level: 9-12th grade
Schedule: 

  • Synchronous 
    • Mondays (4-5:20 PM PST)
  • Asynchronous - 2 lessons / week

The Introduction to Marine Science course is designed to expose students to the processes, functions, and life forms of Earth’s incredible ocean environment. Students will develop a comprehensive foundation in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography by examining major taxonomic groups of marine organisms, important marine ecosystems and habitats, and by exploring current research and applied careers. Through interactive lectures, labs, and discussions, students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of the ocean community and how it relates to their own lives. This course is available for 4 pre-college units.

Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of Oceanography
  • Introduction to Organismal Biology
  • Marine Ecosystem Diversity and Services
  • Marine Conservation and Marine Science Careers 

Click here for optional lab supplies

Marine Biodiversity: Life on the Edge (Spring 2022)

Marine Biodiversity: Life on the Edge (Click here to apply)

Dates: April 27, 2022 - May 18, 2022 (4 weeks)
Tuition: 1,500
Grade Level: 9-12th grade
Schedule: 

  • Synchronous
    • Session: Wednesdays (4-5:20 PM PST)
  • Asynchronous - 2 lessons / week

The rocky intertidal is one of the most accessible marine coastal environments teeming with an incredibly diverse living community. Because of this unique quality it has immense commercial, recreational, and educational value to communities worldwide. However, this quality also makes these habitats highly susceptible to changing ocean conditions such as sea-level rise, invasive species, and pollution. Monitoring intertidal ecosystems becomes increasingly important as we continue to see global climate changes. Students will learn about the biological diversity at reefs and scientific monitoring techniques. During this course, our partners at Cabrillo National Monument will give students a virtual tour of this iconic national park in the heart of San Diego. 

This course is recommended for individuals participating in our commuter’s summer 2022 Tier 2 course that will focus on monitoring studies (thermodynamics, molecular systematics, and/or ecology)  at Cabrillo National Monument and Dike Rock Tide Pools. 


Topics Include

  • Biological Diversity
  • Biological Interactions 
  • Zonation at intertidal habitats
  • Monitoring

Tier 2 Courses

Tier 3 Courses

Other Program Information

Marine Science Application

Students can access the application from the "Apply Now" tab here.

Marine Science Acceptance

Students will be notified of acceptance within 10 days of submitting their application until the program is full.

Marine Science Cancellation/Refund Policies

FALL 2021 CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason 2 weeks prior to the course start date.

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after the 2 weeks deadline be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A REFUND

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Associate Director for the Education & Community Outreach Department at: precollege@ucsd.edu. You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to UC San Diego Academic Connections.