Semester at Sea

The following classes have been pre-approved for Cal Poly GE credit. Please note the expiration dates and any comments within the course description as you begin your planning. If you have any questions about these courses, please email the Study Abroad office, and an advisor can assist you.


Area B Courses

Approved summer 2019 through spring 2024)

location Course Prefix Course Title GE Area Credit Course Description

Various Ports

FW 304

Conservation of Marine Megafauna

B7/F (Upper Division B)

Whales, sharks, squids, sea turtles, albatrosses… oh my! FW 304 will be an engaging introduction to marine megafauna, ecology, and conservation. We will first examine the physical dimensions of the world’s ocean and describe ocean zones based on the ecosystems found within them. We will then explore the evolution of life in the oceans and how large marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark, and deep ocean. Throughout the class we will highlight how scientists study the oceans and the large animals that live in them, providing glimpses of new technologies that boost our understanding of marine ecology. The course will also cover challenges we face in sustaining and conserving healthy oceans for the future. For example, we will learn how issues such as bycatch and climate change are affecting ocean species and how we can better conserve out charismatic marine megafauna. What better place to take such a class than on a ship?!



  • New course added Summer 2019

Various Ports

OCB 1001

Introduction to Marine Biology

B2 (Life Science) and B4 (lab)

This course is designed to introduce students to the diversity of marine life and integrate current issues and practical activities to teach biological and ecological concepts. Topics covered include basics of ecology and evolution, the marine environment, taxonomic classification of marine organisms, survey of major marine ecosystems, and marine conservation. Material will be delivered in interactive lectures, and many will be reinforced with practical activities. Ecosystems and taxonomic groups that are found locally will receive special emphasis. Many topics will also be addressed through written assignments followed by class discussions. This course is appropriate for non-science majors.



  • New course added Summer 2019

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