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Course Syllabi 2013-2016

This is a collection of Scripps course syllabi.  The syllabi are archived by academic year.  Each syllabus is saved under the format (term offered_instructor).  Please note that not all courses are taught on an annual basis.

For course descriptions, either click on the course number or visit the UCSD Catalog.

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Course Course Title 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14
SIO 1 The Planets   WI15_Stegman WI14_Stegman
SIO 3 Life in the Oceans WI16_Aburto WI15_Aburto  
SIO 10 The Earth WI16_Sclater / SP16_Sclater   SP14_Sclater
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution   FA14_Peach FA13_Peach
SIO 15 Natural Disasters FA15_Laske FA14_Laske  
SIO 16 Geology of the National Parks   SP15_Gee SP14_Gee
SIO 20 The Atmosphere WI16_Gershunov WI15_Gershunov WI14_Iacobellis
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society FA15_Teranes FA14_Teranes FA13_Teranes
SIO 30 The Oceans FA15_Castillo FA14_Castillo FA13_Castillo
SIO 35 Water WI16_Driscoll WI15_Dricoll WI14_Driscoll
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth FA15_Barbeau FA14_Barbeau FA13_Barbeau
SIO 45 Volcanoes WI16_Cook WI15_Cook WI14_Cook
SIO 50 Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences FA15_Cook / SP16_Cook FA14_Cook / SP15_Cook SP14_Cook
SIO 60 Experiences in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences      
SIO 87 Freshman Seminar FA15_Norris / FA15_Cook / WI16_Cook / SP16_Cook FA14_Cook / WI15_Cook / SP15_Cook  
SIO 90 Undergraduate Seminar   SP15_Teranes  
SIO 96 Frontiers in Earth Sciences      
SIO 100 Introduction to Field Methods   FA14_Tauxe  
SIO 101 California Coastal Oceanography FA15_Aluwihare/Landry FA14_Aluwihare  
SIO 102 Introduction to Geochemistry WI16_Kastner WI15_Kastner WI14_Kastner
SIO 103 Introduction to Geophysics   FA14_Masters  
SIO 104 Paleobiology and History of Life FA15_Norris FA14_Norris  
SIO 105 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy SP16_Driscoll    
SIO 106 Introduction to Hydrogeology   FA14_Brown FA13_Hilton
SIO 108 Introduction to Paleoclimatology      
SIO 109 Bending Curve: Climate Change      
SIO 110 Inroduction to GIS and GPS for Scientists WI16_Minster WI15_Minster WI14_Minster
SIO 111 Introduction to Ocean Waves WI16_Salmon   WI14_Salmon
SIO 113 Introduction to Computational Earth Science SP16_Key    
SIO 114 Analysis of Environmental Justice SP16_Werner    
SIO 115 Ice and the Climate System WI16_Fricker WI15_Fricker SP14_Fricker
SIO 116 Climate Change & Global Health      
SIO 117 The Physical Basis of Global Warming FA15_Keeling FA14_Keeling  
SIO 119 Physics and Chemistry of the Oceans WI16_Gille WI15_Gille WI14_Gille
SIO 120 Introduction to Mineralogy WI16_Cook WI15_Cook.a WI15_Cook.b WI14_Cook.a WI14_Cook.b
SIO 121 Biology of the Cryosphere      
SIO 122 Ecological Development Biology      
SIO 123 Microbial Environmental Systems Biology FA15_Allen, A. FA14_Allen, A.  
SIO 124 Marine Natural Products      
SIO 125 Biomechanics of Marine Life SP16_Taylor   SP14_Taylor
SIO 126 Marine Microbiology WI16_Palenik WI15_Palenik  SP14_Palenik
SIO 126L Marine Microbiology Laboratory WI16_Brahamsha WI15_Brahamsha  
SIO 127 Marine Molecular Ecology SP16_Burton SP15_Burton SP14_Burton
SIO 128 Microbial Life in Extreme Environments SP16_Bartlett SP15_Bartlett FA13_Bartlett
SIO 129 Marine Chemical Ecology      
SIO 131 Parasitology      
SIO 132 Introduction to Marine Biology FA15_Hastings/Burton FA14_Hastings  
SIO 133 Marine Mammal Biology SP16_Hildebrand/Ballance SP15_Hildebrand SP14_Hildebrand
SIO 134 Introduction to Biological Oceanography WI16_Landry WI15_Landry  WI14_Landry
SIO 135 Satellite Remote Sensing SP16_Sandwell/Fricker SP15_Sandwell SP14_Sandwell
SIO 136 Marine Biology Laboratory SP16_Brahamsha / Semmens/ Sirovic / Wegner SP15_Davis/Semmens  
SIO 138 The Coral Reef Environment      
SIO 139 Current Research in Marine Biology     SP14_Deheyn
SIO 141 Chemical Principles of Marine Systems     SP14_Dickson
SIO 143 Ocean Acidification   WI15_Andersson  
SIO 144 Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry      
SIO 147 Applications of Phylogenetics WI16_Rouse   WI14_Rouse
SIO 152 Petrology and Petrography SP16_Day SP15_Day.a SP15_Day.b  
SIO 155 Whole Earth Geochemistry SP16_Hilton SP15_Hilton SP14_Hilton
SIO 160 Introduction to Tectonics SP16_Fialko SP15_Fialko  
SIO 162 Structural Geology WI16_Brown WI15_Brown WI14_Brown
SIO 170 Introduction to Volcanology FA15_Cook FA14_Cook SP14_Cook
SIO 170L Introduction to Volcanology Field Experience      
SIO 171 Introduction to Physical Oceanography SP16_Hendershott    
SIO 172 Introduction to Atmospheric Science WI16_Evan    
SIO 173

SIO 173:  Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Climate

SP16_Norris/Xie SP15_Norris/Xie  
SIO 178 Geophyiscal Fluid Dynamics      
SIO 180 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences WI16_Peach WI15_Haymet  
SIO 181 Marine Biochemistry SP16_Treguerres SP15_Tresguerres/Hildebrand  
SIO 182 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics WI16_Constable WI15_Constable  
SIO 183 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology WI16_Smith   WI14_Smith
SIO 184 Marine Invertebrates   WI15_Rouse  
SIO 187 Statistical Methods in Marine Biology   FA14_Semmens  
SIO 188 Biology of Fishes      
SIO 189 Pollution, Environment and Health   FA14_Hamdoun  
SIO 190 Special Topics in Earth Sciences   WI15_Teranes  
SIO 192 Senior Seminar in Scripps Institution of Oceanography      
SIOC 200A Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing I   FA14_Kuperman  
SIOC 200B Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing II   WI15_Kuperman  
SIOC 200C Computational Ocean Acoustics and Signal Processing III   SP15_Kuperman  
SIOC 201 Geological Record of Climate Change      
SIOC 202A Fundamentals of Wave Physics WI16_Melville/Kuperman WI15_Melville  
SIOC 202B Fundamentals of Wave Physics   SP15_Gerstoft/Stramski  
SIOC 203A Introduction to Applied Mathematics I FA15_LlewellynSmith FA14_LlewellynSmith  
SIOC 203B Introduction to Applied Mathematics II WI16_LlewellynSmith WI15_LlewellynSmith  
SIOC 203C Introduction to Applied Mathematics III SP16_Young SP15_Young  
SIOC 204 Acoustics SP16_Buckingham SP15_Buckingham WI14_Buckingham
SIOC 206 Land Surface Hydrology      
SIOC 207A Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing      
SIOC 207B Digital Signal Processing I WI16_Hodgkiss    
SIOC 207C Digital Signal Processing II      
SIOC 207D Array Processing      
SIOC 208 Seminar in Applied Ocean Sciences WI16_Stramski / SP16_Stramski FA14_Pinkel  
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Fall Quarter FA15_Eisenman / FA15_Cook/Peach / FA15_Werner / FA15_Keeling FA14_Giddings / FA14_Werner  
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Winter Quarter WI16_Xie WI15_Werner WI14_Xie / WI14_Chadwell / WI14_Buckingham
SIOC 209 Special Topics: Spring Quarter SP16_Ramanathan SP15_Evan

SP14_Severinghaus / SP14_Kuperman / Sp14_Eisenman

SIOC 210 Physical Oceanography FA15_Talley FA14_Talley  
SIOC 211A Ocean Waves I WI16_Feddersen    
SIOC 211B Ocean Waves II   SP15_Melville  
SIOC 212A Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I WI16_Mackinnon WI15_Eisenman  
SIOC 212B Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II SP16_Cessi SP15_Cessi SP14_Cessi
SIOC 213 Turbulence and Mixing FA15_Armi    
SIOC 214A Introduction to Fluid Mechanics FA15_Giddings FA14_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 WI16_Werner WI15_Werner  
SIOC 217A Atmospheric and Climate Sciences I FA15_Russell FA14_Russell  
SIOC 217B Atmospheric and Climate Sciences II WI16_Eisenman WI15_Eisenman WI14_Eisenman
SIOC 217C Atmospheric and Climate Sciences III SP16_Ramanathan/Norris SP15-Ramanathan SP14_Norris
SIOC 217D Atmospheric and Climate Sciences IV WI16_Russell   WI14_Russell
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 FA15_Alford / FA15_Cessi FA14_Alford  
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Winter Quarter WI16_MackinnonWI16_Alford  WI15_Talley / WI15_Giddings WI15_Alford WI14_Federrsen / WI14_Talley
SIOC 219 Special Topics in Physical Oceanography: Spring Quarter SP16_Giddings    
SIOC 219 Observational Oceanography Seminar   SP15_Feddersen SP14_Feddersen 
SIOC 219 Theoretical Oceanography Seminar   SP15_Young / FA14_Cessi SP14_Young
SIOC 220 Observations of Large-Scale Ocean Circulation SP16_Roemmich SP15_Roemmich  
SIOC 221A Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (A) FA15_Buckingham FA14_Pinkel  
SIOC 221B Analysis of Physical Oceanographic Data (B) WI16_Rudnick  WI15_Rudnick SP14_Rudnick
SIOC 221C Data Analysis Laboratory FA15_Gille FA14_Gille   
SIOC 222 Underwater Bioacoustics      
SIOC 235 Ocean Atmosphere Interaction SP16_Xie SP15_Xie SP14_Xie
SIOC 237A Introduction to Ocean Optics      
SIOC 237B Ocean Color Remote Sensing      
SIOC 237C Optical-Biological Interactions in the Ocean   SP15_Stramski  
SIOC 238 Sensor Networks      
SIOC 241 Advanced Signal Processing SP16_Kuperman    
SIOC 250 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics   FA14_Norris  
SIOC 251 Radiation in the Atmosphere      
SIOC 254 Science of Climate Change      
SIOC 261 Nearshore Physical Oceanography   SP15_Feddersen  
SIOC 267 Biogeochemistry SP16_Severinghaus/Keeling SP15_Keeling/Severinghaus SP14_Keeling
SIOC 290S Climate Math      
SIOC 291S @Climate      
SIOC 292 Introduction to Climate Science & Policy      
SIOC 296 Special Topics: Climate Science & Policy Forum      
SIOG 223A Geophysical Data Analysis I WI16_Constable    
SIOG 223B Geophysical Data Analysis II SP16_Agnew SP15_Agnew SP14_Agnew
SIOG 224 Internal Constitution of the Earth      
SIOG 225 Physics of Earth Materials FA15_Agnew

FA14_Fialko / SP15_Pommier

SIOG 226 Introduction to Marine Geophysics   WI15_Chadwell  
SIOG 227A Introduction to Seismology WI16_Shearer WI15_Shearer WI14_Shearer
SIOG 227B Advanced Seismology I      
SIOG 227C Advanced Seismology II      
SIOG 228 Research Seminar FA15_Castillo / WI16_Castillo / SP16_Castillo FA14_CastilloWI15_Castillo / SP15_Castillo WI14_Castillo
SIOG 229 Gravity and Geomagnetism WI16_Constable WI15_Borsa WI14_Borsa
SIOG 230 Introduction to Inverse Theory SP16_Constable  FA14_Constable  
SIOG 231 Introduction to EM Methods in Geophysics      
SIOG 232 Ethical and Professional Science SP16_Constable FA14_Constable  
SIOG 233 Introduction to Computing at SIO FA15_Shearer    
SIOG 234 Geodynamics FA15_Sandwell FA14_Sandwell  
SIOG 236 Satellite Remote Sensing SP16_Sandwell SP15_Sandwell SP14_Sandwell
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Fall Quarter   FA14_Stegman  
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Winter Quarter WI16_Fialko / WI16_Stegman/Brown / WI16_Tauxe / WI16_Sandwell/Fialko WI15_Fialko / WI15_Brown/Stegman WI14_Brown/Stegman / WI14_Fialko
SIOG 239 Special Topics in Geophysics: Spring Quarter SP16_Stegman/Brown SP15_Brown/Stegman  
SIOG 240 Marine Geology FA15_Charles/Gee WI15_Charles/Gee  
SIOG 244 Shape and Structure of the Ocean Floor SP16_Lonsdale   WI14_Lonsdale
SIOG 245 Marine Sediments-Paleo Proxies   SP15_Kastner  
SIOG 246 Global Tectonics and Basin Formation      
SIOG 247 Rock Magnetism and Paleomagnetism SP16_Tauxe WI15_Tauxe  
SIOG 249 Special Topics in Marine Geology     WI14_Norris
SIOG 251 Whole Earth Geochemistry   SP15_Hilton SP14_Hilton
SIOG 252A Introduction to Isotope Geochemistry WI16_Castillo WI15_Castillo WI14_Castillo
SIOG 252B Advanced Isotope Geochemistry I      
SIOG 252C Advanced Isotope Geochemistry II      
SIOG 253 Interactions of Oceanic Plates and the California Margin      
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 WI16_Barbeau   WI14_Barbeau
SIOG 261 Introduction to Rheology of Solid Earth SP16_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 WI16_Martz WI15_Andersson  
SIOG 269 Special Topics in Marine Chemistry: Spring Quarter     SP14_Andersson
SIOB 242A Marine Biotechnology I: Tools and Methods FA15_Gerwick/Fenical    
SIOB 242B Marine Biotechnology II: Applications WI16_Fenical/Bartlett    
SIOB 242C Marine Biotechnology III: Intro to Bioinformatics     SP14_Gaasterland
SIOB 243 Marine Paleoecology      
SIOB 248 Evolution of Earth's Biosphere      
SIOB 262 Marine Chemical Biology Seminar     WI14_Fenical
SIOB 264 Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products SP16_Moore/Gerwick    
SIOB 270 Pelagic Ecology   SP15_Ohman/Allen, A.  
SIOB 270A Fisheries Oceanography SP16_Checkley   SP14_Checkley
SIOB 271 Marine Zooplankton WI16_Ohman WI15_Ohman  
SIOB 272 Advanced Statistical Techniques WI16_Sandin WI15_Sandin  
SIOB 273 Professional Ethics in Science   WI15_Dayton WI14_Dayton
SIOB 274 Natural History Below the Tides      
SIOB 275A Benthic Ecology WI16_Levin   WI14_Levin
SIOB 275B Natural History of Coastal Habitats      
SIOB 276 Quantitative Theory of Populations and Communities   FA14_Sugihara  
SIOB 276L Quantitative Ecology Project Lab WI16_Sugihara WI15_Sugihara SP14_Sugihara
SIOB 277 Deep-Sea Biology FA15_Levin   FA13_Levin 
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Fall Quarter FA15_Ohman/Rudnick    
SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Winter Quarter

WI16_Franks / WI16_Hechinger / WI16_Hamdoun

SIOB 278 Seminar in Ocean Biosciences: Spring Quarter SP16_Aburto / SP16_Landry/Dayton/Leichter / SP16_Allen, A. SP15_Franks / SP15_Checkley / SP15_Palenik  
SIOB 280 Biological Oceanography FA15_Franks FA14_Checkley  
SIOB 281 Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Marine Organisms SP16_Tresguerres FA14_Tresguerres  
SIOB 282 Phytoplankton Diversity     FA13_Palenik
SIOB 283 Phycology: Marine Plant Biology     WI14_Smith
SIOB 284 Marine Invertebrates   WI15_Rouse  
SIOB 285 Physical-Biological Interactions   SP15_Franks  
SIOB 286 Marine Science, Economics and Policy WI16_Sandin WI15_Levin / FA14_Mengerink / WI15_Doukakis WI14_Sandin
SIOB 287A Marine Microbial Ecology WI16_Azam   SP14_Azam
SIOB 287B Microbial Physiology      
SIOB 288 Marine Microbial Laboratory      
SIOB 289 Pollution, Environment, and Health   FA14_Hamdoun  
SIOB 290 Marine Biology WI16_Holland / SP_Holland   SP14_Holland / WI14 Holland
SIOB 291 Biology Graduate Research Presentations   SP15_Hughes SP14_Felbeck
SIOB 292 Communicating Science to Informal Audiences   WI15_Haymet WI14_Haymet
SIOB 293 Applications of Phylogenetics     WI14_Rouse
SIOB 294 Biology of Fishes WI16_Hastings SP15_Hastings  
SIOB 295 Behavior and Ecology of Fishes      
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Fall Quarter FA15_Hughes FA14_Hughes / FA14_Shaffer  
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Winter Quarter WI16_Russell / WI16_Batchelor  WI15_Morin / WI15_Fenical / WI15_Batchelor / WI15_Moore WI14_Sandin / WI14_Hastings
SIOB 296 Special Topics in Marine Biology: Spring Quarter SP16_Semmens SP15_Levin

SP14_Semmens / SP14_Gerwick

SIO 295S Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Seminar      
SIO 295LS Introduction to Marine Biodiversity and Conservation—Lab