Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) hosts and administers an interdisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Marine Science for seven California State University (CSU) campuses: Fresno, East Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey Bay, and Stanislaus. Although primarily a graduate program, MLML offers a range of courses for undergraduates as well. MLML courses are intended for students majoring in either the biological or physical sciences whose objectives include further graduate study, teaching the sciences, or conducting research in the marine sciences.

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students may take courses at MLML and receive credit toward their degrees at San Francisco State University. Please note that students must reserve space at MLML prior to registering at San Francisco State University; registration and course confirmation at the University alone does not assure the student of space at the laboratories. San Francisco State University students at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories must continue to follow University enrollment regulations and use San Francisco State University Marine Science course numbers.

MLML offers full-time coursework in biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography, marine invertebrate zoology, marine birds and mammals, reptiles, ichthyology, phycology, and benthic ecology.

MLML maintains a full research library, a scientific diving program, a fleet of research vessels, and nearly 100,000 square feet of lab, office, and classroom space. Internationally recognized affiliated researchers complement the interests of MLML faculty. More information can be found at

For additional information, please contact either the chair of the Biology Department or the chair of the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University or the Graduate Program Coordinator at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories at