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Degrees & Certificates

Bay Area Master Naturalist

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Bay Area Master Naturalist certificate program is designed to promote understanding of the myriad of species and unique ecosystems of the Bay Area. With an emphasis on natural history, this program offers a wide range of courses on select groups of plants and animals as well as ecosystems of the Bay Area parklands. The program is ideal for anyone interested in natural history and for those seeking careers in field biology, ecology, and science teaching, including park and museum docents. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satis-factory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Key and identify Bay Area plants and animals.
  • Discuss the key features of Bay Area ecosystems, the effects global warming has on these ecosystems, and strategies for their preservation.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOL 61F Natural History: Freshwater Fishes of the Greater Bay Area 2
BIOL 61G Natural History: Mammals of the Greater Bay Area 2
BIOL 61H Natural History: Butterflies of the Greater Bay Area 1
BIOL 61M Natural History: Insects of the Greater Bay Area 1
Select course(s) for a minimum of 2 units from the following:
BIOL 60A Natural History of the Bay Area: The State Parks, Part I .5-7
BIOL 60B Natural History of the  Bay Area: Mt. Diablo State Park 1-5
BIOL 64F Natural History of Black Diamond Mines .5
BIOL 64G Natural History: Parklands of the Solano Land Trust 1
BIOL 64L Natural History of Antioch Dunes .5
BIOL 64N Natural History of Morgan Territory .5
BIOL 64O Natural History of Grizzly Island .5
BIOL 64Q Natural History of Coyote Hills Regional Park .5
Select course(s) for a minimum of 2 units from the following:
BIOL 64E Natural History of Ano Nuevo State Park .5
BIOL 64H Natural History of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge .5
BIOL 64I Natural History of Point Reyes National Seashore .5
BIOL 64J Natural History of the Jepson Prairie .5
BIOL 64P Natural History of Salt Point State Park .5
BIOL 64T Natural History of San Bruno Mountain State Park .5
Select course(s) for a minimum of 1 unit from the following:
BIOL 61E Natural History of the Tide Pools of the Greater Bay Area 0.5
BIOL 61I Natural History: Bryophytes of the Greater Bay Area 0.5
BIOL 61J Natural History: Ferns and their Allies of the Greater Bay Area 0.5
BIOL 64K Natural History of the McLaughlin Reserve 1
BIOL 64M Natural History of the Mt. Hamilton Reserve 1
BIOL 64R Natural History of Mt. Tamalpais State Park 1
BIOL 64S Natural History: Lichens of the Greater Bay Area 1
BIOL 64S Natural History of Mt. St. Helena 1
And
Select course(s) for a minimum of 1 unit from the following:
BIOL 60C Natural History of the Bay Area: Herpetology 1-4
BIOL 61D Natural History: Fall Herpetology of the Bay Area 2
BIOL 80B Bird Songing: The Ecology of Bird Songs and Identification by Ear 0.5-2.5
BIOL 80C Fundamentals of Ornithology and Birding in Central California/Bay Area 0.5-7
Or
Select courses for a minimum of 3 units from the following
LANHT 5A Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID and Culture with Lab (Day) 3
LANHT 5EB Plant Materials: Spring Native Plant ID and Culture (Evening) 3
LANHT 50 Plant Taxonomy 3
Total Required Units for Certificate: 12-14

 

NATURAL HISTORY

Certificate of Proficiency

The Natural History certificate program consists of a selection of natural history lecture and field courses which, when completed, will give students both a broad and basic, as well as specific knowledge of the physical and biological components of selected ecosystems at local, regional and global levels. Students will attain basic and specific knowledge and understanding of the following subject areas in each course: Geography, climate and weather, geology, geologic history, geomorphology, flora, fauna, plant and animal communities, ecological interactions and processes, conservation, history and culture. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Contrast and compare climates in local, regional and global settings and predict the characteristics of the ecosystems, both their physical and biotic components, which these climates produce.
  • Explain the origins of an extant landscape based on knowledge of the geology and geologic processes which exist and have been in effect in an ecosystem during geologic time, such as plate tectonics.
  • Elucidate ecological relationships between the various members of the biota of any ecosystem under consideration, both in food chains and webs and in biogeochemical cycles.
  • Evaluate conservation strategies in different regional and global ecosystems based on both the resources and the cultural characteristics of the people involved.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOL 62E Natural History of the Sutter Buttes 1-1.5
BIOL 62k Natural History of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest 1.5-2
BIOL 62L Ecology of California Redwood National and State Parks 1.5
BIOL 62M Natural History of the Warner Mountains 1.5
BIOL 62N Natural History of the Carrizo Plain 1.5
BIOL 62P Ecology of Mineral King, Sequoia National Park 1.5
BIOL 62Q Ecology of the California Cascades and Mount Shasta 1.5
BIOL 65A Natural History of Taiwan 1
BIOL 65B Natural History of Iceland 1
BIOL 65C Natural History and Gaucho Culture of Uruguay 1
BIOL 65D Natural History of New South Wales, Australia 1
BIOL 70D Natural History of the Owyhee River and the High Desert of Eastern Oregon 1
BIOL 70E Natural History of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Ozarks of Missouri 1
BIOL 80D Ecology of the California Condor 1.5
Total Required Units for Certificate: 10