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DEEP: Diving into Ecology and Evolution Program

First offering was in Spring 2019, we expect to offer this program again in Spring 2023. Check back for updates.


Information from 2019
Course Overview

Are you interested in marine environments, finishing your degree requirements, and getting involved in research but don’t really know how?
SF State is launching a new field semester in Spring 2019 that will offer students these opportunities and more. Students will enroll in several courses concurrently, and earn up to 15 upper division elective units towards their degree, that satisfy SF State requirements for GWAR and GE for Environmental Sustainability. You will spend part of the semester at SF State (main campus and the Estuarine & Ocean Science Center), and part at a field station - 2019 will likely be at the University of Hawaii Field Station
Students will not enroll in any other courses during the field semester. Students will enroll in Ecology and Evolution of Marine Systems I & II (Biol670/671), as well as a seminar on experimental design and analysis (Biol 315). Each student will conduct an independent research project (Biology 699) and develop written and oral presentations. Students will also become “scientific divers” and gain certification in small boat operations. Unless accommodation is needed, students must have Basic Open Water scuba certificstion from any nationally recognized certifying agency. Students must submit an online application and gain instructor approval to register for the courses.


BIOL 670          6 units 
EE Marine Systems I       
Lecture/ lab/ field          
BIOL 671        6 units
Marine Systems II        
Lecture/ lab/ field 
BIOL 315          1 unit 
Field Methods in Ecology
BIOL 699/897   2 units 
Independent Research                  
Lab/ field
MSCI 306       2 units
Marine Science Diving and Boating       
17 Units Total

Who Should Take This Course

The course is intended primarily for very motivated undergraduates majoring in Marine Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Other majors will also be considered. The course offers opportunities for total immersion in a field setting, and offers up to 15 units of upper division elective units that count towards your major. Pre-requisites include:
  • BIOL240 with a grade of C or better
  • BIOL458 (Biometry) with a grade of C or better
  • Eng214 with a C or better (or JEPET)
Instructor approval-Instructors will conduct interviews with interested students who fill out the questionnaire by November 15, 2018.
A small number of graduate students will also be considered and will enroll in BIOL 897 instead of BIOL 699.


The course costs approximately $2400, not including tuition or transportation to the field site. We are actively fundraising so that we may provide a limited number of partial or full scholarships. We expect to have more details to provide on this in early fall 2018.


Please complete this web form to indicate your interest in this course, and we will reply to you with more information.

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