2015 Summer Field Program

Experience Marine Biology in the Gulf of Mexico

2015 Summer Field Program, University of Southern Mississippi Department of Coastal Sciences

GCRL's Summer Field Program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about coastal environments in an intensive field and lab based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library, and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the 2015 Summer Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!


The GCRL Summer Field Program focuses on studies of plants and animals in their natural habitats and physical and chemical processes in local marine and coastal environments. Most classes are field-oriented with trips on one or more of the GCRL oceanographic and fisheries research vessels: 97-foot R/V Tommy Munro, 55-foot R/V Tom McIlwain, and 38-foot R/V Hermes.


A room and board package is available for students selecting on-campus housing, which includes internet access, laundry facilities, and three daily meals in the GCRL dining hall. GCRL is centrally located between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama. Sandy beaches, water sports, fishing, golf, tennis, biking, and hiking are among the local opportunities for recreation.

2015 Calendar

The 2015 summer terms run May 11-22, May 26 - June 23, and June 25 - July 24. GCRL’s three-term summer program enables students to earn up to 15 semester hours of credit. A student may enroll in only one course each term. Students should not take classes at other campuses while taking field courses at GCRL.

2015 Course Offerings

Details on all course offerings are available on the SFP Course Offerings page.

Summer Mini-Session, May 11-22, 2015

  • Barrier Island Ecology
  • Coastal Herpetology
  • Coastal Ornithology
  • Dolphin & Whale Behavior
  • Marine Botany

First Term, May 26 – June 23, 2015

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Embryology
  • Marine Fisheries Management
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology
  • Oceanography
  • Shark Biology

Second Term, June 25 – July 24, 2015

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Ichthyology
  • Marine Mammals
  • Parasites of Marine Animals
  • Shark & Stingray Physiology

For More Information

Please email gcrlsfp@usm.edu. Program details, fee information, and application forms are provided here.

Darcie Graham
Undergraduate Programs Manager
228.818.8887 / Fax: 228.818.8894

For Admissions:
Margaret Firth, Undergraduate Programs Specialist
228.818.8852 / Fax: 228.818.8894

Summer Field Program students collect marine specimens using a seine.