Department of Coastal Sciences

Course Descriptions

Source: USM Graduate Bulletin 2011-2012
Office of the Registrar, Current and Archived Graduate Bulletins

Coastal Sciences (COA)

Note: Only a subset of this course list is offered during any semester. Contact Kalin Lloyd for the latest version.

505 Marine Chemistry. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Biology, chemistry, calculus, and analytic geometry, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COA 505L. Sea water chemistry and cycles and their impact on the marine environment. May be taken as MAR 541.
505L Marine Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite for COA 505. A laboratory designed to accompany COA 505. May be taken as MAR 541L.
506 Environmental Estuarine Chemistry. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Biology, organic chemistry, calculus, and analytic geometry, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COA 506L. Sources, reactions, transport, fate, and effects of environmental chemical species in aquatic environments with special emphasis on estuaries. May be taken as MAR 543.
506L Environmental Estuarine Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite: COA 506. A laboratory designed to accompany COA 506. May be taken as MAR 543L.
509 Coastal Marine Geology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: 12 hours in geology. A study of inshore and nearshore geological processes, sedimentation patterns, and landform development. May be taken as MAR 582.
516 Marine Fisheries Management. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Statistics recommended. Corequisite: COA 516L. A statistical review of the world fisheries. May be taken as MAR 510.
516L Marine Fisheries Management Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 516. May be taken as MAR 510L.
517 Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Fisheries Science. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fishery survey design, field techniques, and lab procedures for graduate students. Includes research cruises in offshore and inshore waters.
521 Marine Ichthyology. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 521L. Marine fishes, including fish biology, ecology, evolution, and classification of marine and estuarine fishes. May be taken as MAR 508.
521L Marine Ichthyology Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 521. May be taken as MAR 508L.
522 Elasmobranch Biology. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: COA 301 and COA 521. Corequisite: COA 522L. This course will provide an overview of the biology of sharks, skates, and rays.
522L Elasmobranch Biology Laboratory. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: COA 301L and COA 521L. Corequisite: COA 522. This course will provide an overview of the biology of sharks, skates, and rays.
524 Marine Aquaculture. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 524L. An introduction to principles and technologies applied to the culture of commercially important marine organisms. May be taken as MAR 507.
524L Marine Aquaculture Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 524. May be taken as MAR 507L.
528 Marine Invertebrate Zoology. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 528L. Morphology, distribution, and ecology of the phyla from Protozoa through Protochordates. May be taken as MAR 503.
528L Marine Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite for COA 528. May be taken as MAR 503L.
533 Marine Phycology. 2 hrs. Prerequisites: General botany and plant taxonomy. Corequisite: COA 533L. A survey of the principal groups of marine algae. May be taken as MAR 520.
533L Marine Phycology Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 533. May be taken as MAR 520L.
534 Coastal Vegetation. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 534L. A study of general and specific aspects of coastal vegetation, with emphasis on local examples. May be taken as MAR 521.
534L Coastal Vegetation Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 534. May be taken as MAR 521L.
535 Salt Marsh Plant Ecology. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 535L. The botanical aspects of local marshes; includes plant identification, composition, and structure. May be taken as MAR 522.
535L Salt Marsh Plant Ecology Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 535. May be taken as MAR 522L.
536 Marine Botany. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: General biology (BSC 110 and BSC 111), general botany (BSC 226); consent of instructor. An overview, including local examples, of the principal groups of marine microalgae, macroalgae and submerged aquatic and emergent marine flowering plants, with a primary focus on their identification and ecology. The lecture and laboratory work for this course are interlaced so that, following the lecture material, laboratory examination of the algae are made. On three occasions, once per week, all-day field trips in the vicinity of the Mississippi Sound and to the barrier islands are made to observe algae and aquatic/emergent vegetations, the ecological relationships of these flora, and for collecting material for study in the laboratory.
536L Marine Botany Lab. 1 hr. Corequisite: COA 536. A laboratory for Marine Botany.
543 Marine Mammals. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 16 hours biological sciences or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COA 543L. Course will emphasize natural history and population ecology of cetaceans. Will include life history, distribution, population dynamics, diet and feeding, social behavior, evolution, and zoogeography. May be taken as MAR 523.
543L Marine Mammals Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 543. May be taken as MAR 523L.
544 Cetecean Behavior. 3 hrs. Review of the literature on the behavior, communication, and cognitive abilities of whales and dolphins as well as field trips and real time observations of marine mammals.
546 Marine Ecology. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 546L. The relationship of marine organisms to their environment. May be taken as MAR 505.
546L Marine Ecology Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 546. May be taken as MAR 505L.
547 Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisite: COA 547L. Taxonomy, distribution, trophic relationships, reproductive strategies, and adaptations of tidal marsh animals. May be taken as MAR 506.
547L Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite for COA 547. May be taken as MAR 506L.
553 Parasites of Marine Animals. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 553L. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, life histories, and host-parasite relationships. May be taken as MAR 504.
553L Parasites of Marine Animals Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite for COA 553. May be taken as MAR 504L.
556 Comparative Histology of Marine Organisms. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 556L. Histology of marine organisms, including tissue processing techniques. May be taken as MAR 530.
556L Comparative Histology of Marine Organisms Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite for COA 556. May be taken as MAR 530L.
562 Statistical Methods in Environmental Coastal Zone Management. 3 hrs. Emphasizes relationship among probability and hypothesis testing.
565 Applications of Biotechnology in Marine Biology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 8 hrs. of zoology, general and organic chemistry; biochemistry recommended or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COA 565L. Basic biochemical and molecular techniques used to conduct research in marine biology.
565L Applications of Biotechnology in Marine Biology Laboratory. 3 hrs. Corequisite for COA 565.
571 Marine Microbiology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: general microbiology. Corequisite: COA 571L. An introduction to the role of microorganisms in the overall ecology of the oceans and estuaries. May be taken as MAR 509.
571L Marine Microbiology Laboratory. 2 hrs. Corequisite for COA 571. May be taken as MAR 509L.
585 Marine Science for Elementary Teachers. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Designed to acquaint teachers with marine science concepts. May be taken as MAR 558 or SME 535.
586 Coastal Ecology for Teachers. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisite: COA 586L. Designed to provide teachers with a background in basic coastal ecology. May be taken as MAR 559 or SME 559.
586L Coastal Ecology for Teachers Laboratory. 1 hr. Corequisite for COA 586. May be taken as MAR 559L or SME 559L.
587 Techniques in Marine Science Education. 3 hrs. Designed to acquaint teachers with the marine resources of the Mississippi coastal zone. May be taken as MAR 556 or SME 556.
588 Marine Science for Teachers. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Advanced topics in marine science. May be taken as MAR 557 or SME 557.
590 Special Topics in Coastal Sciences. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. An informal study of current topics in coastal sciences designed for nondegree graduate students. May be repeated.
601 Coastal Processes I. 3 hrs. Abiotic processes, including physical, chemical, and geological factors that influence coastal environments.
602 Coastal Processes II. 3 hrs. Biotic processes and interactions among pelagic, benthic, and land margin subsystems.
603 Professional Skills in Coastal Sciences. 3 hrs. Course will include lectures and workshops designed to improve scientific writing, grantsmanship, and platform/poster presentation skills.
604 Research Tools in Coastal Sciences. 2-3 hrs. Research techniques will be discussed in instructive lectures and discussion sessions by faculty and outside investigators. Attendance at all sessions is required. Course may be repeated for credit.
605 Data Analysis in Coastal Sciences. 3 hrs. Principles of data analysis and research, including study development, data handling, experimental design, and advanced statistical methods.
606 Biometry for the Coastal Sciences. 3 hrs. Course covers basic statistical concepts; data presentation, properties of statistical distributions, testing assupmtions, ANOVA ANCOVA, regression, and analysis of contingency table.
607 Chemical Toxicology. 3 hrs. Course covers general principles and concepts of toxicology, test procedures, data evaluation and interpretation of specific effect measurements used by environmental scientists.
608 Coastal Water Quality. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CHE 107 or equivalent. Course covers water quality measures in estuarine waters. Major topics are lab methods, field measurements, analysis problems, quality control, and interpretation.
610 Coastal and Marine Pollution. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: Organic chemistry or consent of instructor. An exploration of marine, estuarine and watershed pollution emphasizing the sources, ttransport, and fates of pollutants.

611
Sediments and Biota. 3 hrs. Course covers the vital influence of geology and sedimentation on marine habitats and environments.
645 Benthic Ecology. 3 hrs. Corequisite: COA 645L. Benthic processes, adaptations, recruitment, spacial patterns, trophic dynamics, and diversity.
645L Benthic Ecology Lab. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 645. Hypothesis development, experimental designs, data collection, and interpretation in benthic ecology.
651 Marine Symbiosis I. 4 hrs. Examines a variety of symbiotic relationships ranging from phoretic to parasitic found in the local area by using lectures, demonstrations, and individual research projects.
652 Marine Symbiosis II. 4 hrs. Examines a variety of symbiotic relationships ranging from phoretic to parasitic found in the local area by using lectures, demonstrations, and individual research projects.
653 Parasite Ecology. 3 hrs. Population biology, evolutionary ecology, and epidemiology of parasites and pathogens.
654 Describe Species I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Explores necessary aspects of describing a parasitic species for publication.
655 Describe Species II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Explores necessary aspects of describing a parasitic species for publication.
690 Special Topics in Coastal Sciences. 1-6 hrs. May include lecture material, student presentations, and discussions moderated by instructor. May be repeated.
691. Research in Coastal Sciences. 1-16 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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Special Problems in Coastal Sciences. 2-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
697 Independent Study. 1-9 hrs. arranged. Not to be counted as credit towards a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
698 Thesis. 1-6 hrs for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
701 Introduction to Cladistics, Systematics, and Taxonomy. 3 hrs. A lecture and lab course on the theory of phylogenetics and its uses in classification, taxonomy, and specification. Emphasis is placed on using current software to analyze data.
728 Crustacean Taxonomy. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 728L. Morphology, taxonomy, and sytematics of higher Crustacea emphasizing the major orders of the three Malacostracan subclasses.
728L Crustacean Taxonomy Lab. 2 hrs. Corequisite: COA 728. Examination and comparison of homologous characters in representatives of the subclasses Phyllocarida, Hoplocarida, and Eumalacostraca.
742 Topics in Fisheries Ecology. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Review of primary literature in fisheries ecology as defined by the topic chosen each semester.
746 Ecology of Fishes. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Topics range from reproduction to aspects of population and community ecology. Students complete six pre-proposals and lead discussions on topics in fish ecology.
757 Application of Environmental and Coastal Zone Management. 6 hrs. This class is designed to teach students environmental and coastal zone management.
763 Grantsmanship in Environmental Coastal Zone Management. 3 hrs. Designed to teach grants writing skill specific to environmental and coastal science proposals. Will allow students to experience issues in identifying/submitting funding opportunities.
790 Special Topics in Coastal Sciences. 1-6 hrs. Special topics in coastal sciences. May include lecture material; student presentations and discussions moderated by instructor. May be repeated.
791 Research in Coastal Sciences. 1-16 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
792 Special Problems in Coastal Sciences. 2-6 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
797 Independent Study. 1-9 hrs. arranged. Not to be counted as credit towards a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
898 Dissertation.12 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.