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 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
SIO 1 The Planets   WI20 Pommier WI19 Pommier WI18 Pommier
SIO 3 Life in the Oceans   WI20 Aburto-Oropeza WI19 Aburto  
SIO 10 The Earth   SP20 Borsa SP19 Borsa SP18 Borsa
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution        
SIO 15 Natural Disasters FA20 Laske FA19 Laske FA18 Laske FA17 Laske
SIO 16 Geology of the National Parks SP21 Gee SP20 Gee   SP18 Gee
SIO 20 The Atmosphere WI21 Wall WI20 J. Norris WI19 Norris, J. WI18 Norris, J.
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society WI21 Teranes WI20 Teranes WI19 Teranes WI18 Teranes
SIO 30 The Oceans FA20 Castillo/MacKinnon FA19 Castillo/Holland/Send   S117 Inman / FA17 Castillo
SIO 35 Water        
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth FA20 Barbeau     FA17 Barbeau
SIO 45 Volcanoes WI21 Cook WI20 Cook WI19 Cook S117 Cook / WI18 Cook
SIO 50 Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences FA20 Cook / SP21 Cook SP20 Cook    
SIO 60 Experiences in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences     FA18 Lucas/Ricke FA17 Lucas/Vanos
SIO 87 First-year Seminars FA20 Gilbert / WI21 Cook / SP21 Lutsko WI20 Sandin FA18 Norris, J.  
SIO 90 Undergraduate Seminar FA20 Bowman     FA17 Harada
SIO 96 Frontiers in Earth Sciences        
SIO 100 Introduction to Field Methods WI21 R. Norris / Chin      
SIO 101 California Coastal Oceanography        
SIO 102 Introduction to Geochemistry     WI19 Kastner WI18 Castillo/Day
SIO 103 Introduction to Geophysics FA20 Parnell-Turner WI20 Parnell-Turner/C. Constable WI19 Masters  
SIO 104 Paleobiology and History of Life        
SIO 105 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy        
SIO 106 Introduction to Hydrogeology   FA19 Brown/Willenbring    
SIO 108 Introduction to Paleoclimatology       FA17 Teranes
SIO 109 Bending Curve: Climate Change   SP20 Ramanathan / Forman   WI17_Ramanathan/Forman
SIO 110 Introduction to GIS and GPS for Scientists       WI18 Minster
SIO 111 Introduction to Ocean Waves SP21 Feddersen SP20 Salmon / Becker    
SIO 113 Introduction to Computational Earth Science SP21 May SP20 Tauxe 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   WI20 Benmarhnia   WI18 Benmarhnia
SIO 117 The Physical Basis of Global Warming        
SIO 119 Physics and Chemistry of the Oceans WI21 Andersson / Send WI20 Gille/Andersson WI19 Gille WI18 Gille/Andersson
SIO 120 Introduction to Mineralogy WI21 Cook WI20 Cook 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   WI20 Jensen   SP18 Jensen
SIO 125 Biomechanics of Marine Life SP21 Taylor SP20 Taylor    
SIO 126 Marine Microbiology WI21 Palenik WI20 Palenik WI19 Palenik WI18 Palenik
SIO 126L Marine Microbiology Laboratory        
SIO 127 Marine Molecular Ecology   SP20 Burton SP19 Burton SP18 Burton
SIO 128 Microbial Life in Extreme Environments   SP20 Bartlett    
SIO 129 Marine Chemical Ecology        
SIO 131 Parasitology       SP18 Hechinger
SIO 132 Introduction to Marine Biology FA20 Hechinger & Kacev      
SIO 133 Marine Mammal Biology   SP20 Baumann-Pickering / Kacev   SP18 Hildebrand/Ballance
SIO 134 Introduction to Biological Oceanography WI21 Barton WI20 Barton WI19 Barton WI18 Landry/Barton
SIO 135 Satellite Remote Sensing SP21 Fricker / Sandwell SP20 Sandwell / Fricker 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   WI20 Palenik WI19 Palenik WI18 Palenik
SIO 141 Chemical Principles of Marine Systems        
SIO 143 Ocean Acidification SP21 Andersson WI20 Andersson SP19 Andersson  
SIO 144 Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry   WI20 Castillo/Severinghaus   WI18 Castillo/Chin
SIO 147 Applications of Phylogenetics WI21 Rouse     WI18 Rouse
SIO 152 Petrology and Petrography SP21 Chin SP20 Chin   SP18 Day
SIO 155 Whole Earth Geochemistry        
SIO 160 Introduction to Tectonics SP21 Fialko SP20 Stegman   SP18 Fialko
SIO 162 Structural Geology SP21 Brown      
SIO 164 Introduction to Marine Archeology     WI19 Rivera  
SIO 166 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology   SP20 d'Alpoim Guedes    
SIO 167 Introduction to Geoarcheology     WI19 Rivera  
SIO 170 Introduction to Volcanology FA20 Cook      
SIO 170L Introduction to Volcanology Field Experience        
SIO 171 Introduction to Physical Oceanography FA20 Rudnick   FA18 Rudnick  
SIO 172 Introduction to Atmospheric Science WI21 Evan WI20 Evan WI19 Evan WI18 Evan
SIO 173

SIO 173:  Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate

SP21 Eisenman / Xie      
SIO 174

Chemistry of the Ocean and Atmosphere

SP21 Russell / Severinghaus SP20 Russell / Dickson SP19 Severinghaus  
SIO 176

Observational Physical Oceanography

  SP20 Straneo SP19 Straneo  
SIO 177 Fluid Mechanics  FA20 Becker FA19 Becker FA18 Becker  
SIO 178 Geophyiscal Fluid Dynamics WI21 Becker WI20 Becker WI19 Becker WI18 Becker

SIO 179

Marine Instramental Methods     WI19 Martz  
SIO 180 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences WI21 Paulenich   WI19 Brandon  
SIO 181 Marine Biochemistry SP21 Tresguerres SP20 Tresguerres SP19 Tresguerres SP18 Treguerres
SIO 182 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics   SP20 S. Constable SP19 S. Constable  
SIO 183 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology       WI18 Smith
SIO 184 Marine Invertebrates   SP20 Rouse    
SIO 187 Statistical Methods in Marine Biology  

WI20 Kacev

SP20 Orenstein

  WI18 Sandin
SIO 188 Biology of Fishes SP21 Hastings WI20 Hastings 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 SP21 Stramski / Hildebrand SP20 Hildebrand / Kuperman   SP18 Stramski/J. Hildebrand
SIOC 203A Introduction to Applied Mathematics I        
SIOC 203B Introduction to Applied Mathematics II WI21 Llewellyn Smith WI20 Llewellyn Smith WI19 Smith  
SIOC 203C Introduction to Applied Mathematics III     SP19 Young  
SIOC 204 Acoustics       SP18 Buckingham
SIOC 205 Estuarine and Coastal Processes   SP20 Giddings    
SIOC 206 Land Surface Hydrology        
SIOC 207A Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing 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     FA17 Giddings / FA17 Severinghaus-Straneo FA17 Giddings
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Winter Quarter       WI18 Thompson
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Spring Quarter  

SP20 Buckingham

SP20 S. Merrifield

  SP18 Xie
SIOC 210 Physical Oceanography FA20 Purkey/Talley     FA17 Purkey/Mackinnon
SIOC 211A Ocean Waves I   WI20 Feddersen WI19 Feddersen WI18 Feddersen
SIOC 211B Ocean Waves II        
SIOC 212A Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I WI21 Eisenman WI20 Eisenman WI19 Eisenman  
SIOC 212B Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II SP21 Cessi SP20 Cessi 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 FA20 Russell FA19 Russell FA18 Russell FA17 Russell
SIOC 217B Atmospheric and Climate Sciences II WI21 Xie WI20 Xie WI19 Xie WI18 Eisenman
SIOC 217C Atmospheric and Climate Sciences III SP21 Lutsko SP20 Ramanathan / Lutsko    
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 SP21 Talley SP20 Talley SP19 Purkey  
SIOC 221A Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (A) FA20 Gille FA 19 Gille FA18 Gille FA17 Gille
SIOC 221B Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (B)   WI20 Merrifield/Rudnick WI19 Rudnick  
SIOC 221C Data Analysis Laboratory FA20 Alford FA19 Alford FA18 Alford FA17 Alford
SIOC 222 Underwater Bioacoustics        
SIOC 223 Proposal Writing   WI20 Alford/Send    
SIOC 224 Numerical Modeling of the Climate System   SP20 Eisenman    
SIOC 225 Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions   WI20 Straneo    
SIOC 235 Ocean Atmosphere Interaction   SP20 Xie SP19 Xie  
SIOC 237A Introduction to Ocean Optics SP21 Stramski      
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   WI20 Kuperman    
SIOC 250 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics     FA18 Norris, J.  
SIOC 251 Radiation in the Atmosphere SP21 Evan      
SIOC 254 Science of Climate Change        
SIOC 261 Nearshore Physical Oceanography   SP20 Feddersen    
SIOC 267 Biogeochemistry SP21 Severinghaus      
SIOC 290S Climate Math       S317 Chen 
SIOC 291S @Climate       S317
SIOC 292 Introduction to Climate Science & Policy        
SIOC 293 Ocean and Atmosphere Processes and Climate   WI20 Eddebbar    
SIOC 296 Special Topics: Climate Science & Policy Forum     WI19 Jensen  
SIOG 222

Introduction to Industry Seismic Reflection Methods and Applications

    WI19 Srnka  
SIOG 223A Geophysical Data Analysis I FA20 Morzfeld      
SIOG 223B Geophysical Data Analysis II SP21 Agnew SP20 Agnew   SP18 Agnew
SIOG 224 Internal Constitution of the Earth WI21 Laske/Stegman WI20 Stegman    
SIOG 225 Physics of Earth Materials FA20 Fialko     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 FA20 E. Allen / WI21 Barbeau WI20 Kacev WI19 Teranes WI18 Castillo / SP18 Castillo
SIOG 229 Gravity and Geomagnetism WI21 Borsa / C. Constable WI20 Borsa/C. Constable WI19 Borsa/C. Constable WI18 Borsa/C. Constable
SIOG 230 Introduction to Inverse Theory SP21 C. Constable      
SIOG 231 Introduction to EM Methods in Geophysics        
SIOG 232 Ethical and Professional Science SP21 S. Constable / C. Constable SP20 C. Constable / S. Constable    
SIOG 233 Introduction to Computing at SIO     FA18 Shearer FA17 Shearer
SIOG 234 Geodynamics FA20 Sandwell   FA18 Sandwell  
SIOG 236 Satellite Remote Sensing SP21 Fricker / Sandwell SP20 Sandwell / Fricker SP19 Sandwell SP18 Sandwell
SIOG 237 Space Geodesy Seminar WI21 Fialko WI20 Xu/Sandwell/Bock 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 SP21 Morzfeld

SP20 C. Constable

SP20 Parnell-Turner

SIOG 240 Marine Geology FA20 Charles / Gee     FA17 Charles/Gee
SIOG 242 Geochronologic Methods and Applications   WI20 Willenbring 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   WI20 Castillo/Severinghaus   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   WI20 Barbeau/Diaz   WI18 Barbeau/Martz
SIOG 261 Introduction to Rheology of Solid Earth   WI20 Pommier   SP18 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        
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Winter Quarter   WI20 Martz    
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Spring Quarter        
SIOG 270 The Archeology of Climate Change   WI20 Rivera-Collazo    
SIOG 275 Paleoethnobotany     FA18 d'Alpoim Guedes  
SIOB 242A Marine Biotechnology I: Tools and Methods FA20 - Gilbert / Hamdoun     FA17 Fenical/L.Gerwick
SIOB 242B Marine Biotechnology II: Applications   WI20 Jensen/Moore   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 FA20 Jensen WI20 MooreFA19 Jensen / SP20 Gerwick WI19 Moore WI18 Gerwick / SP18 Jensen
SIOB 264 Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products   SP20 Moore / Gerwick    
SIOB 265 Marine Chemical Ecology WI21 Jensen      
SIOB 270 Pelagic Ecology   WI20 Ohman/Allen    
SIOB 270A Fisheries Oceanography        
SIOB 271 Marine Zooplankton        
SIOB 272 Advanced Statistical Techniques WI21 Sandin WI20 Sandin WI19 Sandin  
SIOB 273 Professional Ethics in Science        
SIOB 274 Natural History Below the Tides        
SIOB 275A Benthic Ecology   WI20 Leichter    
SIOB 275B Natural History of Coastal Habitats        
SIOB 276 Quantitative Theory of Populations and Communities FA20 Sugihara     FA17 Sugihara
SIOB 276L Quantitative Ecology Project Lab   SP20 Sugihara 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 WI21 Burton     WI18 Azam
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Spring Quarter SP21 Jensen SP20 Ohman    
SIOB 280 Biological Oceanography        
SIOB 281 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Marine Organisms   SP20 Tresguerres   SP18 Tresguerres
SIOB 282 Phytoplankton Diversity SP21 Palenik      
SIOB 283 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology        
SIOB 284 Marine Invertebrates        
SIOB 285 Physical-Biological Interactions     SP19 Franks  
SIOB 286 Topics in Marine Science, Economics and Policy WI21 Sandin WI20 Mesnick 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 WI21 Gilbert WI20 E. Allen / SP20 Semmens    
SIOB 292 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences   WI19 Paulenich    
SIOB 293 Applications of Phylogenetics        
SIOB 294 Biology of Fishes SP21 Hastings WI20 Hastings 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 WI21 Archer WI20 Archer   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        
ESYS 103 Environmental Challenges: Science and Solutions SP21 Teranes