Course Syllabi

This is a collection of Scripps course syllabi.  The syllabi are archived by the academic year.  Each syllabus is saved 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 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
SIO 1 The Planets FA19 Laske WI19 Pommier WI18_Pommier
SIO 3 Life in the Oceans   WI19 Aburto  
SIO 10 The Earth   SP19 Borsa SP18_Borsa
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution      
SIO 15 Natural Disasters   FA18_Laske FA17_Laske
SIO 16 Geology of the National Parks     SP18_Gee
SIO 20 The Atmosphere   WI19 Norris, J. WI18_Norris, J.
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society   WI19 Teranes WI18_Teranes
SIO 30 The Oceans FA19 Castillo/Holland/Send   S117 _Inman / FA17_Castillo
SIO 35 Water      
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth     FA17_Barbeau
SIO 45 Volcanoes   WI19 Cook S117_Cook / WI18_Cook
SIO 50 Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences      
SIO 60 Experiences in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences   FA18_Lucas/Ricke FA17_Lucas/Vanos
SIO 87 Freshman Seminar   FA18_Norris, J.  
SIO 90 Undergraduate Seminar     FA17_Harada
SIO 96 Frontiers in Earth Sciences      
SIO 100 Introduction to Field Methods      
SIO 101 California Coastal Oceanography      
SIO 102 Introduction to Geochemistry   WI19 Kastner WI18_Castillo/Day
SIO 103 Introduction to Geophysics   WI19 Masters  
SIO 104 Paleobiology and History of Life      
SIO 105 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy      
SIO 106 Introduction to Hydrogeology      
SIO 108 Introduction to Paleoclimatology     FA17_Teranes
SIO 109 Bending Curve: Climate Change     WI17_Ramanathan/Forman
SIO 110 Introduction to GIS and GPS for Scientists     WI18_Minster
SIO 111 Introduction to Ocean Waves      
SIO 113 Introduction to Computational Earth Science   WI19 Tauxe WI18_Tauxe
SIO 114 Analysis of Environmental Justice      
SIO 115 Ice and the Climate System   WI19 Fricker  
SIO 116 Climate Change & Global Health     WI18_Benmarhnia
SIO 117 The Physical Basis of Global Warming      
SIO 119 Physics and Chemistry of the Oceans   WI19 Gille WI18_Gille/Andersson
SIO 120 Introduction to Mineralogy   WI19 Cook WI18_Cook
SIO 121 Biology of the Cryosphere     SP18_Bowman
SIO 122 Ecological Development Biology      
SIO 123 Microbial Environmental Systems Biology      
SIO 124 Marine Natural Products     SP18_Jensen
SIO 125 Biomechanics of Marine Life      
SIO 126 Marine Microbiology   WI19 Palenik WI18_Palenik
SIO 126L Marine Microbiology Laboratory      
SIO 127 Marine Molecular Ecology   SP19 Burton SP18_Burton
SIO 128 Microbial Life in Extreme Environments      
SIO 129 Marine Chemical Ecology      
SIO 131 Parasitology     SP18_Hechinger
SIO 132 Introduction to Marine Biology      
SIO 133 Marine Mammal Biology     SP18_Hildebrand/Ballance
SIO 134 Introduction to Biological Oceanography   WI19 Barton WI18_Landry/Barton
SIO 135 Satellite Remote Sensing   SP19 Sandwell SP18_Sandwell
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   WI19 Palenik WI18_Palenik
SIO 141 Chemical Principles of Marine Systems      
SIO 143 Ocean Acidification   SP19 Andersson  
SIO 144 Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry     WI18_Castillo/Chin
SIO 147 Applications of Phylogenetics     WI18_Rouse
SIO 152 Petrology and Petrography     SP18_Day
SIO 155 Whole Earth Geochemistry      
SIO 160 Introduction to Tectonics     SP18_Fialko
SIO 162 Structural Geology      
SIO 164 Introduction to Marine Archeology   WI19 Rivera  
SIO 167 Introduction to Geoarcheology   WI19 Rivera  
SIO 170 Introduction to Volcanology      
SIO 170L Introduction to Volcanology Field Experience      
SIO 171 Introduction to Physical Oceanography   FA18_Rudnick  
SIO 172 Introduction to Atmospheric Science   WI19 Evan WI18_Evan
SIO 173

SIO 173:  Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate

SIO 174

Chemistry of the Ocean and Atmosphere

  SP19 Severinghaus  
SIO 176

Observational Physical Oceanography

  SP19 Straneo  
SIO 177 Fluid Mechanics  FA19 Becker FA18_Becker  
SIO 178 Geophyiscal Fluid Dynamics   WI19 Becker WI18_Becker

SIO 179

Marine Instramental Methods   WI19 Martz  
SIO 180 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences   WI19 Brandon  
SIO 181 Marine Biochemistry   SP19 Tresguerres SP18_Treguerres
SIO 182 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics   SP19 Constable  
SIO 183 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology     WI18_Smith
SIO 184 Marine Invertebrates      
SIO 187 Statistical Methods in Marine Biology     WI18_Sandin
SIO 188 Biology of Fishes   WI19 Hastings WI18_Hasting
SIO 189 Pollution, Environment and Health FA19 Hamdoun    
SIO 190 Special Topics in Earth Sciences      
SIO 192 Senior Seminar in Scripps Institution of Oceanography      
SIO 209 Machine Learnig for Physical Applications   SP19 Gerstoft  
SIOC 200A Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing I      
SIOC 200B Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing II      
SIOC 200C Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing III      
SIOC 201 Geological Record of Climate Change      
SIOC 202A Fundamentals of Wave Physics   WI19 Stramski WI18_Kuperman/ Feddersen
SIOC 202B Fundamentals of Wave Physics     SP18_Stramski/J. Hildebrand
SIOC 203A Introduction to Applied Mathematics I      
SIOC 203B Introduction to Applied Mathematics II   WI19 Smith  
SIOC 203C Introduction to Applied Mathematics III   SP19 Young  
SIOC 204 Acoustics     SP18_Buckingham
SIOC 206 Land Surface Hydrology      
SIOC 207A Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing      
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   FA17_Giddings / FA17_Severinghaus-Straneo FA17_Giddings
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Winter Quarter     WI18_Thompson
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Spring Quarter     SP18_Xie
SIOC 210 Physical Oceanography     FA17_Purkey/Mackinnon
SIOC 211A Ocean Waves I   WI19 Falk WI18_Feddersen
SIOC 211B Ocean Waves II      
SIOC 212A Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I   WI19 Eisenman  
SIOC 212B Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II   SP19 Cessi SP18_Cessi
SIOC 213 Turbulence and Mixing      
SIOC 214A Introduction to Fluid Mechanics     FA17_Giddings
SIOC 214B Environmental Fluid Dynamics      
SIOC 215A Applied Mathematics for Oceanographers I      
SIOC 215B Applied Mathematics for Oceanographers II      
SIOB 215C Applied Mathematics for Oceanographers III      
SIOC 216 Introduction to the Physics of Complex Systems     WI18_Werner
SIOC 217A Atmospheric and Climate Sciences I     FA17_Russell
SIOC 217B Atmospheric and Climate Sciences II   WI19 Xie WI18_Eisenman
SIOC 217C Atmospheric and Climate Sciences III      
SIOC 217D Atmospheric and Climate Sciences IV      
SIOC 218 Cloud Dynamics and Climate      
SIOC 218A Observational Methods      
SIOC 218B Practical Methods at Sea      
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Fall Quarter   FA18_Lucas  
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Winter Quarter     WI18_Alford/Send
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Spring Quarter      
SIOC 219 Observational Oceanography Seminar     SP18_Feddersen
SIOC 219 Theoretical Oceanography Seminar      
SIOC 220 Observations of Large-Scale Ocean Circulation   SP19 Purkey  
SIOC 221A Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (A) FA 19 Gille (Draft Version) FA18_Gille FA17_Gille
SIOC 221B Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (B)   WI19 Rudnick  
SIOC 221C Data Analysis Laboratory FA19 Alford FA18_Alford FA17_Alford
SIOC 222 Underwater Bioacoustics      
SIOC 235 Ocean Atmosphere Interaction   SP19 Xie  
SIOC 237A Introduction to Ocean Optics      
SIOC 237B Ocean Color Remote Sensing      
SIOC 237C Optical-Biological Interactions in the Ocean     SP18_Stramski
SIOC 238 Sensor Networks      
SIOC 241 Advanced Signal Processing      
SIOC 250 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics   FA18_Norris, J.  
SIOC 251 Radiation in the Atmosphere      
SIOC 254 Science of Climate Change      
SIOC 261 Nearshore Physical Oceanography      
SIOC 267 Biogeochemistry      
SIOC 290S Climate Math     S317_Chen 
SIOC 291S @Climate     S317
SIOC 292 Introduction to Climate Science & Policy      
SIOC 296 Special Topics: Climate Science & Policy Forum   WI19 Jensen  
SIOG 222

Introduction to Industry Seismic Reflection Methods and Applications

SIOG 223A Geophysical Data Analysis I      
SIOG 223B Geophysical Data Analysis II     SP18_Agnew
SIOG 224 Internal Constitution of the Earth      
SIOG 225 Physics of Earth Materials     FA17_Agnew
SIOG 226 Introduction to Marine Geophysics      
SIOG 227A Introduction to Seismology FA19 Shearer WI19 Shearer WI18_Shearer
SIOG 227B Advanced Seismology I      
SIOG 227C Advanced Seismology II      
SIOG 228 Research Seminar   WI19 Teranes WI18_Castillo / SP18_Castillo
SIOG 229 Gravity and Geomagnetism   WI19 Borsa/C. Constable WI18_Borsa/C. Constable
SIOG 230 Introduction to Inverse Theory      
SIOG 231 Introduction to EM Methods in Geophysics      
SIOG 232 Ethical and Professional Science      
SIOG 233 Introduction to Computing at SIO   FA18_Shearer FA17_Shearer
SIOG 234 Geodynamics   FA18_Sandwell  
SIOG 236 Satellite Remote Sensing   SP19 Sandwell SP18_Sandwell
SIOG 237 Space Geodesy Seminar   WI19 Fialko  
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Fall Quarter    

FA17_Chin / FA17_Sandwell/S. Constable

SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Winter Quarter      
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Spring Quarter      
SIOG 240 Marine Geology     FA17_Charles/Gee
SIOG 242 Geochronologic Methods and Applications   SP19 Willenbring  
SIOG 244 Shape and Structure of the Ocean Floor      
SIOG 245 Marine Sediments-Paleo Proxies     SP18_Kastner
SIOG 246 Global Tectonics and Basin Formation      
SIOG 247 Rock Magnetism and Paleomagnetism     SP18_Tauxe/Gee
SIOG 249 Special Topics in Marine Geology     FA17_Sclater
SIOG 251 Whole Earth Geochemistry      
SIOG 252A Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry     WI18_Castillo/Chin
SIOG 252B Advanced Isotope Geochemistry I      
SIOG 252C Advanced Isotope Geochemistry II      
SIOG 253 Interactions of Oceanic Plates and the California Margin FA19 Lonsdale/Castillo   FA17_Lonsdale
SIOG 255 Paleobiology and History of Life      
SIOG 255A Topics in Paleobiology and History of Life      
SIOG 257 Seminar in Petrology      
SIOG 260 Marine Chemistry     WI18_Barbeau/Martz
SIOG 261 Introduction to Rheology of Solid Earth     SP18_Pommier
SIOG 263 Aqueous Chemistry      
SIOG 268 Seminar in Geochemistry and Marine Chemistry      
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Fall Quarter      
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Winter Quarter      
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Spring Quarter      
SIOG 275 Paleoethnobotany   FA18_d'Alpoim Guedes  
SIOB 242A Marine Biotechnology I: Tools and Methods     FA17_Fenical/L.Gerwick
SIOB 242B Marine Biotechnology II: Applications     WI18_Jensen/Fenical
SIOB 242C Marine Biotechnology III: Intro to Bioinformatics      
SIOB 243 Marine Paleoecology      
SIOB 248 Evolution of Earth's Biosphere      
SIOB 262 Marine Chemical Biology Seminar FA19 Jensen WI19 Moore WI18_W.Gerwick / SP18_Jensen
SIOB 264 Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products      
SIOB 270 Pelagic Ecology      
SIOB 270A Fisheries Oceanography      
SIOB 271 Marine Zooplankton      
SIOB 272 Advanced Statistical Techniques   WI19 Sandin  
SIOB 273 Professional Ethics in Science      
SIOB 274 Natural History Below the Tides      
SIOB 275A Benthic Ecology      
SIOB 275B Natural History of Coastal Habitats      
SIOB 276 Quantitative Theory of Populations and Communities     FA17_Sugihara
SIOB 276L Quantitative Ecology Project Lab   SP19 Sugihara  
SIOB 277 Deep-Sea Biology FA19 Levin/Choy   FA17_Levin
SIO 278 

Survey Design and Analysis 

  WI19 Brazier  
SIO 278 Thesis Proposal Writing   SP19 Franks  
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Fall Quarter      
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Winter Quarter     WI18_Azam
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Spring Quarter      
SIOB 280 Biological Oceanography      
SIOB 281 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Marine Organisms     SP18_Tresguerres
SIOB 282 Phytoplankton Diversity      
SIOB 283 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology      
SIOB 284 Marine Invertebrates      
SIOB 285 Physical-Biological Interactions   SP19 Franks  
SIOB 286 Marine Science, Economics and Policy   WI19 Sandin WI18_Sandin
SIOB 287A Marine Microbial Ecology      
SIOB 287B Microbial Physiology      
SIOB 288 Marine Microbial Laboratory      
SIOB 289 Pollution, Environment, and Health      
SIOB 290 Marine Biology      
SIOB 291 Biology Graduate Research Presentations      
SIOB 292 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences      
SIOB 293 Applications of Phylogenetics      
SIOB 294 Biology of Fishes   WI19 Hastings WI18_Hastings
SIOB 295 Behavior and Ecology of Fishes      
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Fall Quarter   WI19 Archer  
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Winter Quarter     WI18_Archer
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Spring Quarter      
SIO 295S Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Seminar      
SIO 295LS Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Lab