-- Students and nature lovers are invited to explore the coast
through courses at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf
Coast Research Laboratory this summer. Registration is now underway
for the laboratory's summer field program that introduces college
students to what is unique about the plants, animals and habitats
of the coast.
most offering graduate as well as undergraduate college credit,
take students out into local environments. Their explorations range
from observation of the largest of whales inhabiting the Gulf of
Mexico to the tiniest of invertebrates residing in the bottom sediments
of the Mississippi Sound.
program offers students from our affiliates -- universities and
colleges distributed throughout Mississippi and the Mississippi
Valley -- hands-on experience in a coastal and marine environment,"
said Dr. Jeffrey M. Lotz, chair of the Department of Coastal Sciences
at the GCRL. "And the experience they gain will be at a facility
where scientists are conducting world-class research in the areas
of science that the students will be studying."
summer program coordinator, noted that each year individuals who
are just interested in learning more about the coastal environment
also register for the summer program. "They may take the course
for credit or audit it, but they really enjoy the intense learning
experiences on our field trips and in our classrooms and laboratories."
The 2004 lineup
includes three courses held May 17-28 on coastal ornithology, barrier
island ecology, and marine law and policy. First-term courses scheduled
June 1-30 are oceanography and marine biology, both for undergraduate
credit only, marine invertebrate zoology, and marine ecology. Second-term
courses offered July 5-Aug. 6 are marine biology, marine mammals,
and elasmobranch biology, which focuses on sharks, skates and stingrays.
Coastal vegetation will be offered July 5-July 30. Dates for a two-week
course on coastal ecology for teachers will be announced later.
offer students the opportunity to conduct individualized study and
research under the direction of our faculty," Hard said. "Advanced
students can develop their research skills through field, laboratory
and library research. They can work in any discipline of marine
science in which we have a coastal sciences faculty member to direct
earn up to 12 semester hours in a summer. Classes are full-day sessions
each weekday, usually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hard said that
individuals who wish to audit a course are not required to take
tests and do not receive college credit. They are, however, responsible
for completing the registration process including tuition and other
fees. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
call (228) 872-4223 or visit www.usm.edu/gcrl/academic.