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Degrees & Certificates

BAY AREA MASTER NATURALIST

The Master Naturalist Certificate 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.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOL 61F Natural History: Freshwater Fishes of the Greater Bay Area 2
BIOL 61M Natural History: Insects of the Greater Bay Area 1
BIOL 61H Natural History: Butterflies of the Greater Bay Area 1
BIOL 61G Natural History: Mammals of the Greater Bay Area 2
Choose 2 units from this group
BIOL 60A Natural History of the Bay Area: The State Parks, Part I 1-2
BIOL 60B Natural History of the  Bay Area: Mt. Diablo State Park 1-2
BIOL 64N Natural History of Morgan Territory .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 64Q Natural History of Coyote Hills Regional Park .5
BIOL 64C Natural History of Lime Ridge Preserve .5
BIOL 64D Natural History of Sunol Regional Park 1
BIOL 64O Natural History of Grizzly Island .5
and
Choose 2 units from this group
BIOL 62B Natural History of The Redwood Forest .5-2
BIOL 64P Natural History of Salt Point State Park .5
BIOL 64H Natural History of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge .5
BIOL 64E Natural History of Ano Nuevo State Park .5
BIOL 64I Natural History of Point Reyes National Seashore .5
BIOL 64T Natural History of San Bruno Mountain State Park .5
BIOL 64J Natural History of the Jepson Prairie .5
Choose 1 unit from the following
BIOL 64K Natural History of the McLaughlin Reserve 1
BIOL 64M Natural History of the Mt. Hamilton Reserve 1
BIOL 64S Natural History of Mt. St. Helena 1
BIOL 64R Natural History of Mt. Tamalpais State Park 1
Choose 1 unit from the following
BIOL 80C Fundamentals of Ornithology and Birding in Central California/Bay Area .5-7
BIOL 80B Bird Songing: The Ecology of Bird Songs and Identification by Ear .5-2.5
or
Take 1 unit from the following
BIOL 60C Natural History of the Bay Area: Herpetology 1-4
BIOL 60D Natural History of the Bay Area: Fall Herpetology 1-2
or
Take 3 units from the following
LANHT 5A Plant Materials: Fall Native Plant ID and Culture with Lab  (Day) 3
LANHT 50L Plant Taxonomy Lab 1
LANHT 5EB Plant Materials: Spring Native Plant ID and Culture (Evening) 3
LANHT 50 Plant Taxonomy 3
Choose .5 units from the following
BIOL 61E Natural History of the Tide Pools of the Greater Bay Area .5
BIOL 61R Nudibranchs of the Greater Bay Area .5
Choose .5 from the following
BIOL 61L Natural History: Bryophytes of the Greater Bay Area .5
BIOL 61K Natural History: Lichens of the Greater Bay Area .5
BIOL 61J Ferns of the Greater Bay Area .5
Total Units: 17

NATURAL HISTORY I

This Certificate of Proficiency 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 courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.  Students should take 10 units from the following list of courses.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOL 62E Natural History of the Sutter Buttes 1
BIOL 62K Natural History of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest 1.5
BIOL 62L Ecology of California Redwood National and State Parks 1.5
BIOL 62M Natural History of Warner Mountains 1.5
BIOL 62N Natural History of the Carrizo Plain 1.5
BIOL 65A Natural History of Taiwan 1
BIOL 65B Natural History of Iceland 1
BIOL 70D Natural History of the Owyhee River and 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 Units: 12.5