Course Syllabuses

This is a collection of Scripps course syllabuses.  The syllabuses are archived by the academic year.  Each syllabus is listed under the format ([term offered] [instructor]).  Please note that not all courses are taught on an annual basis.

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Course Course Title 2021-22 2020-21 2019-20
SIO 1 The Planets     WI20 Pommier
SIO 3 Life in the Oceans     WI20 Aburto-Oropeza
SIO 10 The Earth SP22 Borsa   SP20 Borsa
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution FA21 Peach    
SIO 15 Natural Disasters WI22 Laske FA20 Laske FA19 Laske
SIO 16 Geology of the National Parks SP22 Gee SP21 Gee SP20 Gee
SIO 20 The Atmosphere WI22 J. Norris WI21 Wall WI20 J. Norris
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society WI22 Teranes WI21 Teranes WI20 Teranes
SIO 30 The Oceans FA21 MacKinnon & Castillo FA20 Castillo & MacKinnon

FA19 Castillo, Holland, & Send

SIO 35 Water      
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth FA21 Barbeau FA20 Barbeau  
SIO 45 Volcanoes WI22 Cook WI21 Cook WI20 Cook
SIO 50 Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences FA21 Cook / SP22 Cook FA20 Cook / SP21 Cook SP20 Cook
SIO 60 Experiences in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences FA21 Ricke & Lucas    
SIO 65 Geosciences Seminar WI22 Teranes    
SIO 75 Geological History of Earth SP22 Chin & R. Norris    
SIO 87 First-year Seminars FA21 Gerwick / FA21 Cook / SP22 Moore FA20 Gilbert / WI21 Cook / SP21 Lutsko WI20 Sandin
SIO 90 Undergraduate Seminar   FA20 Bowman  
SIO 100 Introduction to Field Methods FA21 Norris & Gee WI21 R. Norris & Chin  
SIO 101 California Coastal Oceanography      
SIO 102 Introduction to Geochemistry WI22 Day    
SIO 103 Introduction to Geophysics FA21 Parnell-Turner FA20 Parnell-Turner WI20 Parnell-Turner & C. Constable
SIO 104 Paleobiology and History of Life      
SIO 105 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy FA21 Driscoll    
SIO 106 Introduction to Hydrogeology     FA19 Brown &  Willenbring
SIO 108 Introduction to Paleoclimatology FA21 Teranes    
SIO 109 Bending Curve: Climate Change     SP20 Ramanathan & Forman
SIO 110 Introduction to GIS and GPS for Scientists FA21 Batchelor    
SIO 111 Introduction to Ocean Waves WI22 Feddersen SP21 Feddersen SP20 Salmon & Becker
SIO 113 Introduction to Computational Earth Science   SP21 May SP20 Tauxe
SIO 115 Ice and the Climate System      
SIO 116 Climate Change & Global Health WI22 Benmarhnia   WI20 Benmarhnia
SIO 117 The Physical Basis of Global Warming FA21 Keeling    
SIO 119 Physics and Chemistry of the Oceans   WI21 Andersson & Send WI20 Gille/Andersson
SIO 120 Introduction to Mineralogy WI22 Cook WI21 Cook WI20 Cook
SIO 121 Biology of the Cryosphere      
SIO 122 Ecological Development Biology      
SIO 123 Microbial Environmental Systems Biology      
SIO 124 Marine Natural Products WI22 Jensen   WI20 Jensen
SIO 125 Biomechanics of Marine Life SP22 Taylor SP21 Taylor SP20 Taylor
SIO 126 Marine Microbiology WI22 Palenik WI21 Palenik WI20 Palenik
SIO 127 Marine Molecular Ecology SP22 Burton   SP20 Burton
SIO 128 Microbial Life in Extreme Environments     SP20 Bartlett
SIO 131 Parasitology SP22 Hechinger    
SIO 132 Introduction to Marine Biology   FA20 Hechinger & Kacev  
SIO 133 Marine Mammal Biology     SP20 Baumann-Pickering & Kacev
SIO 134 Introduction to Biological Oceanography   WI21 Barton WI20 Barton
SIO 135 Satellite Remote Sensing   SP21 Fricker & Sandwell SP20 Sandwell & Fricker
SIO 136 Marine Biology Laboratory      
SIO 137 Ecosystems and Fisheries     FA19 Choy
SIO 138 The Coral Reef Environment      
SIO 139 Current Research in Marine Biology     WI20 Palenik
SIO 141 Chemical Principles of Marine Systems      
SIO 143 Ocean Acidification SP22 Andersson SP21 Andersson WI20 Andersson
SIO 144 Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry WI22 Day & Severinghaus   WI20 Castillo & Severinghaus
SIO 147 Applications of Phylogenetics   WI21 Rouse  
SIO 152 Petrology and Petrography   SP21 Chin SP20 Chin
SIO 155 Whole Earth Geochemistry      
SIO 160 Introduction to Tectonics   SP21 Fialko SP20 Stegman
SIO 161 Seismology  WI22 Fan    
SIO 162 Structural Geology   SP21 Brown  
SIO 164 Introduction to Marine Archeology      
SIO 166 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology     SP20 d'Alpoim Guedes
SIO 167 Introduction to Geoarcheology      
SIO 170 Introduction to Volcanology FA21 Cook FA20 Cook  
SIO 171 Introduction to Physical Oceanography FA21 Rudnick FA20 Rudnick  
SIO 172 Introduction to Atmospheric Science WI22 Evan WI21 Evan WI20 Evan
SIO 173

Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate

SP22 Xie & Lutsko SP21 Eisenman & Xie  
SIO 174

Chemistry of the Ocean and Atmosphere

SP22 Severinghaus & Russell SP21 Russell & Severinghaus SP20 Russell & Dickson
SIO 175 Analysis of Oceanic and Atmospheric Data  FA21 Merrifield    
SIO 176

Observational Physical Oceanography

    SP20 Straneo
SIO 177 Fluid Mechanics  FA21 Becker FA20 Becker FA19 Becker
SIO 178 Geophyiscal Fluid Dynamics WI21 Becker WI21 Becker WI20 Becker
SIO 179 Ocean Instruments and Sensors SP22 Martz    
SIO 180 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences   WI21 Paulenich  
SIO 181 Marine Biochemistry SP22 Tresguerres & Harter SP21 Tresguerres SP20 Tresguerres
SIO 182 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics     SP20 S. Constable
SIO 183 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology WI22 Smith    
SIO 184 Marine Invertebrates WI22 Rouse   SP20 Rouse
SIO 187 Statistical Methods in Marine Biology    

WI20 Kacev

SP20 Orenstein

SIO 188 Biology of Fishes   SP21 Hastings WI20 Hastings
SIO 189 Pollution, Environment and Health     FA19 Hamdoun
SIO 190 Special Topics in Earth Sciences WI21 Becker    
SIOC 201 Geological Record of Climate Change      
SIOC 202A Fundamentals of Wave Physics      
SIOC 202B Fundamentals of Wave Physics SP21 Hildebrand & Stramski SP21 Stramski & Hildebrand SP20 Hildebrand & Kuperman
SIOC 203A Introduction to Applied Mathematics I FA21 Llewellyn Smith    
SIOC 203B Introduction to Applied Mathematics II WI22 Llewellyn Smith WI21 Llewellyn Smith WI20 Llewellyn Smith
SIOC 203C Introduction to Applied Mathematics III      
SIOC 204 Acoustics      
SIOC 205 Estuarine and Coastal Processes     SP20 Giddings
SIOC 207A Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing FA21 Meyer FA20 Meyer  
SIOC 207B Digital Signal Processing I      
SIOC 207C Digital Signal Processing II      
SIOC 207D Array Processing      
SIOC 208 Seminar in Applied Ocean Sciences      
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Fall Quarter      
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Winter Quarter      
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Spring Quarter SP22 Levy  

SP20 Buckingham

SP20 S. Merrifield

SIOC 210 Physical Oceanography   FA20 Purkey & Talley  
SIOC 211A Ocean Waves I WI22 MacKinnon   WI20 Feddersen
SIOC 211B Ocean Waves II      
SIOC 212A Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I WI22 Eisenman WI21 Eisenman WI20 Eisenman
SIOC 212B Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II SP22 Cessi SP21 Cessi SP20 Cessi
SIOC 213 Turbulence and Mixing      
SIOC 214A Introduction to Fluid Mechanics FA21 Salmon    
SIOC 214B Environmental Fluid Dynamics      
SIOC 216 Introduction to the Physics of Complex Systems      
SIOC 217A Atmospheric and Climate Sciences I FA21 Russell FA20 Russell FA19 Russell
SIOC 217B Atmospheric and Climate Sciences II WI22 Norris WI21 Xie WI20 Xie
SIOC 217C Atmospheric and Climate Sciences III SP22 Lutsko SP21 Lutsko SP20 Ramanathan & Lutsko
SIOC 217D Atmospheric and Climate Sciences IV WI22 Russell / Keeling    
SIOC 218A Observational Methods      
SIOC 218B Practical Methods at Sea      
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Fall Quarter      
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Winter Quarter WI22 MacKinnon & Young    
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Spring Quarter      
SIOC 219 Observational Oceanography Seminar FA21 Talley    
SIOC 220 Observations of Large-Scale Ocean Circulation   SP21 Talley SP20 Talley
SIOC 221A Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (A) FA21 Gille FA20 Gille FA 19 Gille
SIOC 221B Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (B) WI22 Rudnick   WI20 Merrifield & Rudnick
SIOC 221C Data Analysis Laboratory FA21 Alford FA20 Alford FA19 Alford
SIOC 223 Proposal Writing     WI20 Alford & Send
SIOC 224 Numerical Modeling of the Climate System SP22 Eisenman   SP20 Eisenman
SIOC 225 Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions     WI20 Straneo
SIOC 235 Ocean Atmosphere Interaction SP22 Xie   SP20 Xie
SIOC 237A Introduction to Ocean Optics   SP21 Stramski  


Ocean Color Remote Sensing SP22 Stramski    
SIOC 241 Advanced Signal Processing     WI20 Kuperman
SIOC 251 Radiation in the Atmosphere   SP21 Evan  
SIOC 261 Nearshore Physical Oceanography     SP20 Feddersen
SIOC 267 Biogeochemistry SP22 Keeling & Severinghaus SP21 Severinghaus  
SIOC 293 Ocean and Atmosphere Processes and Climate     WI20 Eddebbar
SIOC 296 Special Topics: Climate Science & Policy Forum      
SIOG 221 Plate Tectonics in Practice SP22 Parnell-Turner    
SIOG 222

Introduction to Industry Seismic Reflection Methods and Applications

SIOG 223A Geophysical Data Analysis I FA21 Morzfeld FA20 Morzfeld  
SIOG 223B Geophysical Data Analysis II WI22 Agnew SP21 Agnew SP20 Agnew
SIOG 224 Internal Constitution of the Earth   WI21 Laske & Stegman WI20 Stegman
SIOG 225 Physics of Earth Materials FA21 Fialko FA20 Fialko  
SIOG 227A Introduction to Seismology WI22 Shearer   FA19 Shearer
SIOG 227B Advanced Seismology I SP22 Shearer    
SIOG 228 Research Seminar
FA21 E Allen
FA20 E. Allen / WI21 Barbeau WI20 Kacev
SIOG 229 Fundamentals of Gravity and Geodesy    WI21 Borsa & C. Constable WI20 Borsa & C. Constable
SIOG 230 Introduction to Inverse Theory   SP21 C. Constable  
SIOG 231 Geomagnetism and Electromagnetism       
SIOG 232 Ethical and Professional Science   SP21 S. Constable & C. Constable SP20 C. Constable & S. Constable
SIOG 233 Introduction to Computing at SIO WI22 Shearer    
SIOG 234 Geodynamics   FA20 Sandwell  
SIOG 236 Satellite Remote Sensing   SP21 Fricker & Sandwell SP20 Sandwell & Fricker
SIOG 237 Space Geodesy Seminar   WI21 Fialko WI20 Xu, Sandwell, & Bock
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Fall Quarter      
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Winter Quarter WI22 Morzfeld / WI22 May    
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Spring Quarter SP22 Morzfeld / SP22 Fialko SP21 Morzfeld

SP20 C. Constable

SP20 Parnell-Turner

SIOG 240 Marine Geology   FA20 Charles & Gee  
SIOG 242 Geochronologic Methods and Applications     WI20 Willenbring
SIOG 249 Special Topics in Marine Geology      
SIOG 251 Whole Earth Geochemistry      
SIOG 252A Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry WI22 Day & Severinghaus   WI20 Castillo & Severinghaus
SIOG 253 Interactions of Oceanic Plates and the California Margin     FA19 Lonsdale & Castillo
SIOG 255 Paleobiology and History of Life      
SIOG 260 Marine Chemistry WI20 Dickson & Barbeau   WI20 Barbeau & Diaz
SIOG 261 Introduction to Rheology of Solid Earth     WI20 Pommier
SIOG 263 Aqueous Chemistry      
SIOG 268 Seminar in Geochemistry and Marine Chemistry   WI21 Diaz WI20 Aluwihare
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Fall Quarter FA21 Diaz    
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Winter Quarter WI22 Aarons   WI20 Martz
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Spring Quarter SP22 Choy & Aarons    
SIOG 270 The Archeology of Climate Change     WI20 Rivera-Collazo
SIOG 275 Paleoethnobotany      
SIOB 218 Ocean & Coastal Law and Policy FA21 Murray    
SIOB 242A Marine Biotechnology I: Tools and Methods   FA20 - Gilbert & Hamdoun  
SIOB 242B Marine Biotechnology II: Applications WI20 Jensen & Moore   WI20 Jensen & Moore
SIOB 242C Marine Biotechnology III: Intro to Bioinformatics      
SIOB 243 Marine Paleoecology      
SIOB 262 Marine Chemical Biology Seminar FA21 Jensen / WI 22 Moore FA20 Jensen WI20 MooreFA19 Jensen / SP20 Gerwick
SIOB 264 Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products SP22 Moore   SP20 Moore / Gerwick
SIOB 265 Marine Chemical Ecology   WI21 Jensen  
SIOB 270 Pelagic Ecology SP22 Petrik & A Allen   WI20 Ohman & Allen
SIOB 271 Marine Zooplankton      
SIOB 272 Advanced Statistical Techniques WI22 Sandin WI21 Sandin WI20 Sandin
SIOB 273 Professional Ethics in Science      
SIOB 274 Natural History Below the Tides      
SIOB 275A Benthic Ecology     WI20 Leichter
SIOB 276 Quantitative Theory of Populations and Communities   FA20 Sugihara  
SIOB 276L Quantitative Ecology Project Lab     SP20 Sugihara
SIOB 277 Deep-Sea Biology WI22 Choy & Levin   FA19 Levin & Choy
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Fall Quarter      
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Winter Quarter WI22 Burton WI21 Burton  
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Spring Quarter   SP21 Jensen SP20 Ohman
SIOB 280 Biological Oceanography FA21 Levin & Allen    
SIOB 281 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Marine Organisms     SP20 Tresguerres
SIOB 282 Phytoplankton Diversity   SP21 Palenik  
SIOB 283 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology      
SIOB 284 Marine Invertebrates WI22 Rouse    
SIOB 285 Physical-Biological Interactions      
SIOB 286 Topics in Marine Science, Economics and Policy   WI21 Sandin WI20 Mesnick
SIOB 289 Pollution, Environment, and Health      
SIOB 291 Biology Graduate Research Presentations WI22 E Allen / SP22 Sandin WI21 Gilbert WI20 E. Allen / SP20 Semmens
SIOB 292 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences     WI19 Paulenich
SIOB 294 Biology of Fishes   SP21 Hastings WI20 Hastings
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Fall Quarter FA21 Brazier    
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Winter Quarter WI22 Archer / WI22 Batchelor WI21 Archer WI20 Archer
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Spring Quarter SP22 Semmens    
SIO 295S Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Seminar      
SIO 295LS Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Lab      
MBC 258 Marine Conservation and Communication Practicum 1 FA21 Murray    
ESYS 90 Undergraduate Seminar FA21 Teranes    
ESYS 101 Environmental Biology FA21 Diaz & Taylor    
ESYS 102 The Solid and Fluid Earth WI22 Aarons    
ESYS 103 Environmental Challenges: Science and Solutions   SP21 Teranes  
ESYS 187A Senior Internship Project F21 Teranes    
ESYS 187B Senior Internship Project II  WI22 Teranes    
CCS 102 Research Perspectives on Climate Change FA21 Puritty