UC Davis Banner OEI Logo

Home | Description | Faculty | Requirements | Contact Us
By-Laws | Events | Application Forms | Make a Gift | UC Davis DE-OEI Student Community

DE-OEI Degree Requirements
Please direct questions to Dr. Gabrielle Nevitt (ganevitt’at’ucdavis.edu)

1. REQUIRED COURSE (3 units): 

NPB 2XX Integrative Environmental Biology Core (3) Wingfield

First offering will be Winter Quarter, 2012.The curriculum will provide students with an overview of earth processes, including temporal and spatial scales of climatic events, and physiological mechanisms, which have evolved to cope with both predictable and unpredictable (rapid) change. This course will address mechanisms from neural pathways for environmental signals to the endocrine mechanisms by which morphological, physiological and behavioral responses are regulated.

2. ELECTIVE COURSES (9 units): 
Students will complete three additional elective courses or seminars (9 units total), which may also serve to fulfill course requirements of the affiliated PhD program. Courses should be selected to complement the integrative nature of the student’s dissertation research and must span three of the five topics listed below. Students will be allowed to select courses or seminars from the list provided; students may also petition to use other courses as electives subject to approval by the Executive Committee.

Advisors and Students please note that our goal is to help students get interactive exposure and training, and not to load them down with coursework. Many of these electives may also meet the students’ PhD program requirements, so time-to-degree should not be negatively impacted.

A. Processes that have shaped life on earth, including physical processes of earth systems, and environmental change over earth’s history (Topics include: terrestrial, ocean and atmospheric processes over paleo and modern eras; temporal processes – circannual, monthly, diel and episodic changes; physical variation and weather – temperature, salinity, hypoxia, climate, unpredictable events such as storms and El Niño-Southern oscillation events, hemispheric differences; anthropogenic alterations – induced climate change, habitat alterations, invasive species, pollution, ocean acidification and overpopulation)

ATM 60 Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (4) Chen
ATM 116 Climate Change (3) Reck
ATM 133 Biometeorology (4) Paw U
ATM 149 Air Pollution (4) Chang
ATM 160 Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (4) Anastasio
ECL 152 Coastal Oceanography (3) Largier
ECL201/PLS 163 Landscape Ecology  (4) Cadenasso, Eviner
ECL 214 Marine Ecology: Concepts and Practice (3) Morgan and Stachowicz
ECL 219 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry (4) Dahlgren
ECL 225 Terrestrial Field Ecology  (4) Karban
ENT 225 Terrestrial Field Ecology (4) Karban
ESP 220 Tropical Ecology (3)  Rejmankova
HYD 134 Aqueous Geochemistry (6) Hermes
GEL 107 Earth History: Paleobiology (3) Carlson, Motani
GEL 108 Earth History: Paleoclimate (3) Montanez
GEL/ESP 150A Physical and Chemical Oceanography (4) Spero
GEL/ECL 150C Biological Oceanography (4) staff

B. Mechanisms underlying organismal diversity, both past and present (Topics include: biological diversity; form and functional adaptation; phenotypic plasticity; life history strategies and developmental “programs”; biomechanics; systematics; phylogenomics)

ECL 203 Physiological Ecology (3) Wainwright
ECL242 Introduction to Ecological Genetics (3) Ernest
EVE 103 Phylogeny and Macroevolution (4) Variable
EVE 105 Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure (4) Variable
EVE 106 Mechanical Design in Organisms (3) Gaylord
EVE 108 Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5) Doyle
EVE 112 Invertebrate Zoology (3) Sanford, Grosberg
EVE 140 Paleobotany (4) Doyle
EVE 141 Principles of Systematics (3) Shapiro
EVE 147 Biogeography (4) Shapiro
EVE 150 Evolution of Animal Development (3) Kopp
EVE 210 Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis (3)  Nadler
EVE 211 Applied Phylogenetics (3) Wainwright
EVE 220 Species and Speciation (3) Shapiro
EVE 298 Microbial phylogenomics (2) Eisen
GEL 260 Paleontology (3) Vermeij
GEO 211: Advanced Physical Geography - Climate Change (3) Elliot-Fisk
WFC 130  Physiological Ecology of Wildlife (4) Fangue

C. The diversity of mechanisms for coping with environmental change at the organismal level (Topics include: molecular and developmental responses; neural and endocrinological mechanisms - physiological pathways for environmental signals; reproductive mechanisms; sensory function and adaptation; movement patterns and migration).

ECL 203 Physiological Ecology (3) Wainwright
ECL 242 Introduction to Ecological Genetics (3) Ernest
EVE 125B Physiological Ecology (4) Quinn
ENT 102 Insect Physiology (4) Hammock, Leal
NPB  129 Comparative Endcrinology (3) Furlow, Chang
NPB 140 Principles of Environmental Physiology (3) Fuller
NPB 152 Hormones and Behavior (3) –Hahn, Furlow
NPB 160 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (3) Burns, Chen, Mulloney
NPB 162 Neural Mechanisms of Behavior (3)  Britten
MCP 220 General and Comparative Physiology of Reproduction (3) Anderson, Conley, Lasley
MCP 242 Biological Rhythms (3) Fuller
MCP 255 / ABG255 Physiology of the Stress Response (2) Kueltz

D. Analytical Techniques
ATM 150 Introduction to Computer Methods in Physical Sciences (4) Grotjahn
GEL 262 Paleobiology Graduate Seminar: Methodological Aspects (3) Motani
PLS 204 B. Causal Model Correlation  Data (4) Widamen
PLS 205 Experimental Design and Analysis (4) Dubcovsky
PLS 211 Principles and Practices of HPLC (2) Goyal
PSYCH 205 D Multilevel Models (3) Blozis

E. Seminars
ANB 290 ABGG Seminar  (1)
ECL 296/PBG 292 GGE Seminar (1)
ENT 297N Departmental Seminar (1)
GEL 261 Paleobiology Graduate Seminar: Evolutionary aspects (3) Carlson
NPB 217 Advanced Avian Physiology (1) Millam
PBG 290 PBG Seminar (1)

In consultation with the student and the appropriate affiliated PhD program, the Executive Committee will recommend one DE-OEI faculty member to the Qualifying Examination Committee to examine the student on their level of knowledge within the area of the DE. Satisfactory performance on the QE for the PhD will be judged independently from performance on the DE. Thus, an allowable outcome of the QE is that the student’s performance may be “passing” for the PhD but “not passing” for the DE. In the event that a student passes the PhD portion of the QE, but receives a “not pass” for the DE, the DE Executive Committee will define a plan for remediation. The plan may include, but is not limited to, reexamination by the DE Executive Committee, coursework, teaching, or preparation of a paper. If the student is reexamined, the outcome is limited to “pass” or “fail”. If the student receives a “fail”, the student will be disqualified from the DE-OEI.

The dissertation topic shall incorporate study within the DE. The student’s Dissertation Committee shall be selected in accordance with the regulations of the PhD program, but must include at least one member of the DE. The major professor may be a member of the OEI DE.  If this is not the case, in consultation with the student and the appropriate affiliated PhD program, the Executive Committee will recommend a DE-OEI member to the Dissertation Committee.

The Executive Committee and the student’s advisor will review the academic progress of each student on an annual basis.  Working with the advisor, the student will be required to develop an annual work plan to direct progress towards the completion of the DE requirements.  This work plan will be evaluated and revised annually to ensure that the student is making adequate progress towards degree completion.  This evaluation will be done in a meeting with at least two members of the DE-OEI Executive Committee, which may or may not include the student’s advisor.  Progress will be based on the student’s ability to complete required coursework and to achieve research goals, and in particular, meeting timelines for experiments, data collection, analysis and thesis writing. The DE Chair will confirm to Graduate Studies and the student’s PhD program that the student has fulfilled all the DE requirements prior to graduation by signing the DE Final Verification Report Form.

The DE will be awarded solely in conjunction with the PhD and will be signified by the degree designation PhD in ‘X’ with Emphasis in Organism-Environment Interaction, where ‘X’ is one of the affiliated graduate programs.

Snow Petrel