The University of California at Davis has its origins in agriculture, yet has grown into a sprawling monster of a school. UC Davis now has four colleges and six professional schools. Since the university sits in California’s central valley, far from the California coast some would question why an agricultural school on steroids would create a new undergraduate major in ocean science. The answer is simple. UC Davis also owns and operates one of the largest marine labs in California. According to an Aug. 29 Sacramento Bee article, UC Davis is a decades old contributor to programs for marine policy and science, with a focus on California coastal ocean sciences.
The Aggies, as they are affectionately called, recently made a great accomplishment by managing a captive spawning of the endangered white abalone. This is the first successful venture of that type in almost ten years.
The Bodega Bay laboratory is the force behind plans to offer a host of educational opportunities for all who live in the north state.
First, the university will focus on Bodega Bay. The institute will get money to develop infrastructure and to maintain Bodega Bay lab. Next, there will be funds for fellowships and to formally establish the Center for Coastal Ocean Issues.
For students, interdisciplinary coursework in the ocean studies program will begin sometime in 2014. There is more. Plans are being developed for new graduate and professional training programs in marine sciences.
Non student professionals and citizens will have educational opportunities too. The Bodega Marine Laboratory will develop visitor exhibits and programs that will benefit California schools, aid in professional training and offer lifelong learning opportunities throughout Northern California.
According to an Aug. 22 UC Davis News and Information article, 69 faculty members identify themselves as marine scientists. Ten such faculty members are now in residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory. The ultimate goal is to use the lab in collaborative ways for teaching, research and other beneficial purposes.
Rick Grosberg has been the founding director of the new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute. He said,
“My goal is to put together an institute that puts together the individual strengths in the natural sciences and the social science, as well as policy and law, and put those together in a package where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,”
UC Davis has four colleges and six professional schools. Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science are the colleges. Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are the professional schools.