The future has no bounds

CMBC's education programs support and augment the core academic programs and extension courses and certificates at UC San Diego, teaching essential skills students need to protect and conserve our world.

CMBC's courses and affiliated degree programs provide both conceptual training and essential hands-on practice to develop students into “boundary-spanners” who can work amongst and across disciplines. Students are also critical members of our research community participating at all stages of our programs and initiatives. 

All UC San Diego students interested in marine biodiversity and conservation are invited to join CMBC and participate in our activities and events — regardless of if you are enrolled in one of our affiliated degree programs or classes. 




CMBC is affiliated with two unique training programs for students and professionals of any background looking to leverage their passion and skills for the ocean.


PIER | Program for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research PhD Specialization

MAS MBC | Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation


Our interdisciplinary seminar is student-driven and is open to all UC San Diego students who want to think deeply and dream big with a cohort of other enthusiastic environmental champions from across campus. 


SIOB 269 | Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research (IFER) Seminar

Research funding

We know that hands-on experiences are some of the best ways to learn. CMBC supports student research through dissertation funds, available to CMBC-affiliated PhD students.


Ferguson Family Prize for PhD Candidates

Alumni  & Career Resources

CMBC has a vibrant alumni network. We also support your post-graduate journey with targeted career resources.


CMBC Alumni Network

Career Resources