Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Summer Courses


    Developmental and Physiological Biology

  • BIOE 20B

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Topics in morphology, physiology, development, genetics, and endocrinology selected to exemplify current issues and perspectives in organismic biology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A.

    Instructor: Robin Dunkin


  • Ecology and Evolution

  • BIOE 20C

    Session 1

    Introduction to ecology and evolution covering principles of evolution at the molecular, organismal, and population levels. Evolutionary topics include genetic and phenotypic variation, natural selection, adaptation, speciation, and macroevolution. Also covers behavioral, population, and community ecology including applied ecological issues. 

    Instructor: Baldo Marinovic


  • Scientific Diving Certification (2 credits)

  • BIOE 75

    Session 2

    Course work includes lectures and scuba diving. Topics include subtidal sampling techniques, navigation, low visibility diving, search and recovery, rescues, small boat use, oxygen administration for divers, technical blue water deep diving, physics, and physiology. Apply online at http://www2.ucsc.edu/sci-diving.

    Students are billed a course materials fee that covers costs for equipment use, materials, and transportation. Prerequisite(s): skill level equal to Advanced Scuba Diver Certification, pass scuba physical, provide own scuba gear, be certified in CPR and First Aid; and interview: pass swim test and scuba skills test.

    Instructor: Steve Clabeusch


  • Ecology (online)

  • BIOE 107

    Session 1

    Online only class. Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Focuses on physiological, behavioral, and population ecology, and on linking ecological processes to evolution. It includes basic principles, experimental approaches, concepts of modeling, and applications to ecological problems. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

    Instructor:  Sarah McKay Strobel


  • Evolution (online)

  • BIOE 109

    Session 2

    Online only class. Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An examination of the history and mechanisms of evolutionary change. Topics include molecular evolution, natural and sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography, and macroevolution. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, BIOE 20C, and BIOL 105. 

    Instructor: Maya Friedman


  • Invertebrate Zoology

  • BIOE 122

    Session 1

    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Lecture format. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. BIOE 122, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with course 122L. 

    Instructor: Stella Hein


  • Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 122L

    Session 1

    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Weekly laboratories or field trips. Students are billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with BIOE 122.

    Instructor: Stella Hein


  • Ecosystems of California (online)

  • BIOE 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100/100L. Also listed as ENVS 125. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

    Instructor: Erika Zavaleta


  • Ichthyology

  • BIOE 127

    Session 2

    An introduction to the biology of jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes—their classification, evolution, form, physiology, and ecology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with BIOE 127L.

    Instructor: Eric Garcia


  • Ichthyology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 127L

    Session 2

    One laboratory session a week and several field trips to study the biology of fish. Students are billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Must be taken concurrently with BIOE 127. 

    Instructor: Eric Garcia


  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • BIOE 134

    Session 2

    Course focuses on vertebrate form and function: an integration of physiology and biomechanics. Topics include: the physiology and biomechanics underlying vertebrate locomotion; vertebrate feeding; and the morphological changes associated with different locomotion and feeding strategies through evolutionary time. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134L is required.

    Instructor: Rita Mehta


  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOE 134L

    Session 2

    Course focuses on the gross dissections all major clades of vertebrates: development, form, and diversity of organ systems and basic principles of evolution; vertebrate classification; and functional morphology, with emphasis on feeding and locomotion. Anatomical dissections integrated with the associated lecture material focusing on biomechanics, form, and function. Students are billed for a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134 is required.

    Instructor: Rita Mehta