UC Davis Courses

Courses at UC Davis related to aquatic biology and aquaculture

Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • ARE 175 - Natural Resource Economics

Description: Economic concepts and policy issues associated with natural resources, renewable resources (groundwater, forests, fisheries, and wildlife populations), and non-renewable resources (minerals and energy resources, soil). (3 Units)

Animal Science

  • ANS 001—Domestic Animals and People

Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Animal domestication and factors affecting their characteristics and distribution. Animal use for food, fiber, work, drugs, research and recreation; present and future roles in society. Laboratory exercises with beef and dairy cattle, poultry, sheep, swine, laboratory animals, fish, horses, meat and dairy products. GE credit: SE, WE. (4 Units)

  • ANS 002—Introductory Animal Science

Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANS 001 and BIS 002A recommended. Open to students in Animal Science, Animal Science and Management, Agricultural and Environmental Education, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems majors. Growth, reproduction, lactation, inheritance, nutrition, and disease control in domesticated animals and species used in aquaculture; the application of sciences to animal production. GE credit: SE, SL, VL, WE. (4 Units)

  • ANS 18 - Introductory Aquaculture

Description: Historical and contemporary aquacultural practices. Interaction between the aqueous culture environment and the biology of aquatic animals. Impact of economics and governmental policies on the development of aquaculture. Interaction of aquacultural practices with larger societal goals. (4 Units)

  • ANS 92 - Internship in Animal Sciences

Description: Internship off and on campus in dairy, livestock, and aquaculture production, research and management; or in a business, industry, or agency associated with these or other animal enterprises. All requirements of Internship Approval Request form must be met. (1-12 Units)

  • ANS 100—Animal Physiology

Lecture—4 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 002A; CHE 002B. Pass One restricted to students in the Animal Science and Animal Science and Management majors. Basic principles of animal physiology in domesticated and captive animals with a comparative approach. Molecular, biochemical, chemical and physical aspects and their influences on function of physiological systems in animals. Not open for credit to students who have taken NPB 101. GE credit: SE. (5 Units)

  • ANS 129—Environmental Stewardship in Animal Production Systems

Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (BIS 010 or (BIS 002A, BIS 002B)), CHE 002A, CHE 002B, (CHE 008A, CHE 008B) or (CHE 118A, CHE 118B); and Consent of Instructor. Management principles of environmental stewardship for grazing lands, animal feeding, operations and aquaculture operations; existing regulations, sample analyses, interpretation and utilization of data, evaluation of alternative practices, and policy development. GE credit: SE, SL. (3 Units)

  • ANS 136A - Aquatic Animal Laboratory

Description: Care and maintenance of fish culture in research, production, and personal use. Students will conduct an eight-week growth trial with proper experimental design, care and maintenance of fish and data collection, interpretation and reporting. (2 Units)

  • ANS 139—Experimental Animal Physiology

Lecture—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABI 102; BIS 101; or Consent of Instructor. Restricted to seniors in the Animal Science and Animal Science and Management majors. Combination of theory and hands-on experiences in animal physiology using various experimental techniques. Practical laboratory skill development from cellular level to whole animal, in areas such as genetics, endocrinology, histology and physiological function. GE credit: SE, WE. (3 Units)

  • ANS 192—Internship in Animal Science

Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 84 units. Internship off and on campus in dairy, livestock and aquaculture production, research and management; or in a business, industry, or agency associated with these or other animal enterprises. All requirements of Internship Approval Form must be met. (P/NP grading only, 1-12 Units)

Applied Biological Systems Technology

  • ABT 161 - Water Quality Management for Aquaculture

Description: Basic principles of water chemistry and water treatment processes as they relate to aquacultural systems. (3 Units)

  • ABT 163 - Aquaculture Systems Engineering

Description: Design of aquacultural systems: design methodology, principles of fluid mechanics, site selection and facility planning, management operations, computer modeling. (3 Units)

Engineering: Biological and Agricultural

  • EBS 220 - Pilot Plant Operations in Aquacultural Engineering

Description: Topics in water treatment as they apply to aquaculture operations. Laboratory study of unit operations in aquaculture. (3 Units)

Biological Sciences: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

  • NPB 126 - Comparative Physiology: Sensory Systems

Description: Comparative approach to considerations of mechano-sensitive systems (audition, lateral lines, touch, echo location, equilibrium), chemosensitive systems (olfaction, taste, pheromones), photosensitive systems (vision, infrared detection, UV detection), electroreception, and pain. Emphasis on receptors. (3 Units)

  • NPB 128 - Comparative Physiology: Endocrinology

Description: Comparison of physiological functions in the animal kingdom: animal hormones and their functions. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 120D or Physiology 120D. (3 Units)

  • NPB 141 - Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms

Description: Physiological adaptation to the environment among organisms in marine and estuarine habitats. Course offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory. (4 Units)

  • NPB 141P - Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms/Advanced Lab Topics

Description: Students pick a research topic for intense study. Research will be related to a topic covered in course 141 and will be conducted at the Bodega Marine Laboratory with close supervision of resident faculty. (6 Units)


  • ECL 203 - Physiological Ecology

Description: A comparative examination of several animal groups addressing fundamental physiological mechanisms that shape the ecology of each animal group. (3 Units)


  • ENT 116—Freshwater Macroinvertebrates

Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 002B; Or equivalent. Limited enrollment. Biology, ecology and taxonomy of freshwater macroinvertebrates, including insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms, leeches, flatworms and others. Adaptations to life in freshwater. Aquatic food webs. Uses of macroinvertebrates in water quality monitoring. Field trips during regular lab hours. GE credit: SE, SL. (3 Units)

  • ENT 116L—Aquatic Insect Collection

Laboratory—4 hour(s); Fieldwork—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ENT 100L or ENT 116 (can be concurrent); Or prior experience with insect/arthropod identification to Family level. Restricted to 25 students. Collection of aquatic insects and identification to the Family level. Collections will require two, one-day weekend field trips (by arrangement). Collection requirement is 40 Families. (2 Units)

Environmental Science and Policy

  • ESP 116N—Oceanography

Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): GEL 001 or GEL 002 or GEL 016 or GEL 050. Advanced oceanographic topics: Chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes; research methods and data analysis; marine resources, anthropogenic impacts, and climate change; integrated earth/ocean/atmosphere systems; weekly lab and one weekend field trip. (Same course as GEL 116N.) GE credit: SE, SL. (3 Units)

  • ESP 116G - The Oceans: Discussion

Description: Scientific method applied to the discovery of the processes, biota, and history of the oceans. Group discussion and preparation of papers on related topics. (2 Units)

  • ESP 121 - Population Ecology

Description: Development of exponential and logistic growth models for plant and animal populations, analysis of age structure and genetic structure, analysis of competition and predator-prey systems. Emphasis is on developing models and using them to make predictions and solve problems. (4 Units)

  • ESP 124—Marine and Coastal Field Ecology

Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Introductory animal biology (BIS 001B) recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Ecology of marine populations and communities living in diverse habitats along the California coast. Hands-on learning using scientific process and tools of the biological trade to address ecological questions arising during field trips. Critical thinking through discussing scientific literature. GE credit: SE, SL. (3 Units)

  • ESP 150A - Physical and Chemical Oceanography

Description: Physical and chemical properties of seawater, fluid dynamics, air-sea interaction, currents, waves, tides, mixing, major oceanic geo-chemical cycles. (4 Units)

  • ESP 150B - Geological Oceanography

Description: Introduction to the origin and geologic evolution of ocean basins. Composition and structure of oceanic crust; marine volcanism; and deposition of marine sediments. Interpretation of geologic history of the ocean floor in terms of sea-floor spreading theory. (3 Units)

  • ESP 150C—Biological Oceanography

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): BIS 002A; Consent of Instructor. A course in general ecology. Ecology of major marine habitats, including intertidal, shelf benthic, deep-sea and plankton communities. Existing knowledge and contemporary issues in research. Segment devoted to human use. One weekend field trip required. (Same course as GEL 150C.) GE credit: SE, SL. (4 Units)

  • ESP 151 - Limnology

Description: The biology and productivity of inland waters with emphasis on the physical and chemical environment. (4 Units)

  • ESP 151L - Limnology Laboratory

Description: Limnological studies of lakes, streams, and reservoirs with interpretation of aquatic ecology. (3 Units)

Evolution and Ecology

  • EVE 112—Biology of Invertebrates

Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 001B or (BIS 002B, BIS 002C); Courses in systematics, ecology, and evolution recommended. Limited enrollment. Survey of the invertebrate phyla, emphasizing aquatic forms, and focusing on morphology, development, natural history, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships. (3 Units)

Food Science and Technology

  • FST 120 - Principles of Meat Science

Description: Anatomical, physiological, developmental and biochemical aspects of muscle underlying the conversion of muscle to meat. Includes meat processing, preservation, microbiology and public health issues associated with meat products. (Same course as Animal Science 120, 3 Units)

  • FST 202 - Chemical & Physical Changes in Food

Description: Fundamental principles of chemistry and physics are applied to a study of changes in water binding properties and activity, changes in proteins, nutrients, toxic constituents, and other compounds during storage, heating, freezing, dehydrating, and concentrating of food materials. (4 Units)


  • GEL 136—Ecogeomorphology of Rivers and Streams

Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s); Fieldwork; Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division or graduate standing in any physical science, biological science, or engineering. Restricted to advanced students in the physical sciences, biological sciences, or engineering. Integrative multidisciplinary field analysis of streams. Class project examines hydrology, geomorphology, water quality and aquatic and riparian ecology of degraded and pristine stream systems. Includes cooperative two-week field survey in remote wilderness settings with students from diverse scientific backgrounds. GE credit: SE, WE. (5 Units)

Medicine and Epidemiology

  • VME 416 - Fish Medicine

Description: Etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of fish and of some aquatic arthropods and marine shellfish. Preventive management of diseases in aquaculture. (2 Units)


  • NUT 115—Animal Nutrition

Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 008B or CHE 118B; or Consent of Instructor. Comparative differences among animals in digestion and metabolism of nutrients. Nutrient composition of feeds, digestive systems, digestion, absorption, feeding strategies. GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. (4 Units)

Plant Biology

  • PLB 118 - Introductory Phycology and Bryology

Description: Comparative morphology, physiology, development and reproduction of cyanobacteria, the major algal groups, and the bryophtes. Focus on structure-function and evolutionary relationships. Ecological factors and commercial uses considered. Laboratory includes study of living organisms and identification exercises. (4 Units)

  • PLB 178 - Biology and Management of Freshwater Macrophytes

Description: Brief survey of common fresh water macrophytes, their reproductive modes, physiology, growth (photosynthesis, nutrient utilization), development (hormonal interactions), ecology and management. (3 Units)

Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology

  • WFC 10 - Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Description: Introduction to the ecology and conservation of vertebrates. Complexity and severity of world problems in conserving biological diversity. (4 Units)

  • WFC 120 - Biology & Conservation of Fishes

Description: Introduction to evolution, ecology, and conservation of marine and freshwater fishes. (3 Units)

  • WFC 120L - Biology & Conservation of Fishes Lab

Description: Morphology, taxonomy, conservation, and identification of marine and freshwater fishes with emphasis on California species. (1 Unit)

  • WFC 130—Physiological Ecology of Wildlife

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EVE 101 or ESP 100; (BIS 002A, BIS 002B, BIS 002C); Or equivalent course to ESP 100. Principles of physiological ecology, emphasizing vertebrates. Ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral perspectives on physiological mechanisms used by animals to adapt to their environment, including consideration of climate-change and other threats to biodiversity. Tropical, temperate, and polar ecosystems are highlighted. GE credit: SE. (4 Units)

  • WFC 190 - Proseminar in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Description: Reports and discussions of recent advances related to wildlife and fisheries biology. (1 Unit)