Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

2017 Spring Semester Courses


BIOL 300 – Nature Study

SFSU      Tuesdays, 9:10 - 1:00
Prerequisites: One course in college biology.
Description: Intended for non-biology majors.
Identification, structure, adaptation, life history, habits, habitat, economic status, conservation of common plants and animals. Two all-day field trips scheduled on two separate weekends. Extra fee required.
Units: 3 (Classwork, 2 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit)
Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter

BIOL 534 – Wetland Ecology

Bldg 36, Kern Classroom, Keck Lab      Wednesdays, 9:10 - 3:15
Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and 240, or consent of instructor.  
Description: Ecology of a variety of wetland types; biotic and abiotic characteristics and processes; conservation, restoration and management. Fieldtrips to wetland habitats and participation in field and/or greenhouse experiments. Classwork, three units; laboratory, one unit. Extra fee required.  
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Kathy Boyer

BIOL 586 - Marine Ecology

SFSU          Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:10 - 5:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 585. Intended for biology majors. 
Description: Laboratory and fieldwork in marine ecology introducing students to sampling methods, laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. Field work in a variety of marine field environments. Includes use of primary literature and oral and written presentations.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cohen

Biol 607 – Marine Mammal Conservation and Management

BCC, North Bay Hall   Fridays, 9:10 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 230BIOL 240, and BIOL 355
Description: Biology and scientific principles involved in the conservation and management of marine mammals. Current regulations and methodologies are critically reviewed and evaluated. Controversies concerning conservation, ecological balance, and specific governmental constraints in the face of a changing environment will be discussed.
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Stern

BIOL 702/502 - Biology of the Algae

Bldg 36, Kern Classroom and Keck Lab              Mondays, 9:10 - 11:00 and 12:10 - 3:00
Prerequisites: BIOL 230BIOL 240.
Description: Intended for biology majors. Collection, preservation, identification, and culturing of marine and freshwater algae. Comparative studies of morphology, life history, and ecology. Field trips. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Paired with BIOL 702. Students who complete BIOL 702 may not take BIOL 502 for credit. Extra fee required.  
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson

BIOL 731/631 – Animal Physiology Lab

Bldg 36, Keck Lab         Fridays, 10:10 - 12:00 and 12:10 - 6:00
Prerequisites: Prerequisite for BIOL 631: BIOL 630 or BIOL 613, concurrent enrollment
Prerequisite for BIOL 731: Graduate Standing, Consent of instructor. 
Description: Approaches to scientific research on environmental physiology of marine and estuarine organisms, with focus on metabolic processes. Emphasis on scientific writing and communication. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory 2 units. Extra fee required. (Plus/minus ABC/NC)
(BIOL 631GW/BIOL 731 is an undergraduate/graduate level paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr.Jonathon Stillman

BIOL 863 – Ecophysiology of HABs

Bldg 36 NERR Conference Room       Wednesdays, 1:10 - 3:00
Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor
Description: Seminar course which addresses current literature on species which form harmful algal blooms, concentrating in North America. Prepare oral presentations of primary literature, provide overviews of the subject material, develop critical analysis of controversies, and lead class discussions.
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr. William Cochlan

BIOL 883 – Seminar Series

BCC, SF Bay Hall                      Wednesdays, 3:15 - 5:15
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Intended for M.S. students at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC). Research seminar series at RTC including invited and RTC graduate student presentations of research progress. Emphasis on effective research communication. Course may be repeated for a total of 4 units for credit.  
Units: 2
Instructor: Dr.Jonathon Stillman

CHEM 380.01 – Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution

SFSU       Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 - 4:50
Prerequisites: CHEM 115 or CHEM 180 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Traditional and contemporary topics in environmental chemistry. Understanding and appreciation of various chemical processes and principles underlying environmental problems facing society. This course is offered as CHEM 380 and ENVS 380. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

CHEM 680 - Chemical Oceanography

BCC, North Bay Hall               Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:50 - 7:05
Prerequisites: CHEM 215 or equivalent
Description: Investigation of the composition and dynamics of the ocean through chemistry.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Tomoko Komada

ERTH 795 - Oceanographic processes in the California Current System

Bldg 36, NERR Conference Room             Mondays, 5:10 - 7:40
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 
Description: Supervised literature review in oceanographic processes in the California Current System, focusing on coastal physical oceanography and its influence on marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry. Readings, tutorial discussion, and student's presentations. Students are encouraged to bring topics related to their own research to be discussed.
Units: 3
Instructor: Dr. Piero Mazzini


Erth 870/470 – Physical Oceanography

Kern Classroom    Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00
Prerequisites: Prerequisites for ERTH 470ERTH 170 [formerly OCN 100] or ERTH 172 [formerly OCN 104], or ERTH 270 [formerly OCN 200]; PHYS 220; or consent of instructor. 
Prerequisites for ERTH 870: Graduate or senior standing and all of the prerequisites listed for ERTH 470.
Description: The dynamic character of the ocean environment with emphasis on the properties of sea water, surface heat transfer, Coriolis force, surface and deep ocean circulation, deep and shallow wave phenomena, and underwater sound and optics. Designed for both the physical scientist and marine biologist. 
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Zan Stine

GEOG 603 – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

SFSU      Tuesdays, Lecture 5:00 - 6:40
               Thursdays, Lab1: 3:35 - 5:35, Lab 2: 5:45 - 7:45
Prerequisites: GEOG 205 [formerly GEOG 103] or ENVS 224, or equivalent.
Description: Applications of computers in geographic problem-solving. Investigates the nature of geographic information sources--maps, earth images, and spatial databases--and the application of spatial analysis, mapping, charting, and image display tools. 
Units: 4
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines

GEOG 646 – The Geography of Marine Resources

SFSU           Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:35 - 10:50
Prerequisites: GEOG 101 or consent of instructor.
Description: Character and spatial arrangements of resources of the ocean; analysis of marine biomass, minerals, and energy; examination of maritime policy and economic aspects of the marine environment.
Units: 4 (Classwork, 3 units; laboratory, 1 unit)
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines


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