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School of Ocean Science and Engineering

Summer Field Program — Course Offerings

Summer Session I:

Elasmobranch Biology (Shark Biology)

shark measuringThis specialized course will provide students with an overview of elasmobranch (sharks, skates, and rays) biology, ecology, and taxonomy. Lectures will cover such topics as evolution, anatomy and physiology, sensory systems, behavior, and ecology. Students will be introduced to the diversity of elasmobranchs and will learn how to identify species. Special emphasis will be given to the species common to the Gulf of Mexico. Laboratory work will consist of several inshore and offshore collecting trips as well as dissections. Prerequisites: Marine Biology and Marine Ichthyology or permission of instructor. COA 422/522, 422L/522L: Elasmobranch Biology, 6 credit hours (3/3)
This course will be face-to-face in summer 2021.

2018 Syllabus  
2018 Graduate Syllabus

Marine Conservation

conservationThis course will introduce students to conservation biology and ecology with a focus on marine and coastal ecosystems. Topics may include biodiversity, marine ecosystem processes and threats, conservation of habitat and species, and human impacts, solutions, and policy. The course will consist of lectures, field trips, and laboratory exercises designed to provide students with hands-on experience in marine conservation biology. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of biology or permission of instructor. COA 450/550, 450L/550L: Marine Conservation, 5 credit hours (3/2)
This course will be held online only in summer 2021.

2020 Syllabus

Marine Invertebrate Zoology

microscopeA concentrated study of the marine and estuarine invertebrates from the Mississippi Sound and contiguous continental shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Emphasis is on structure, classification, phylogenic relationships, larval development and functional processes. Prerequisites: 16 hours of biology or permission of instructor. COA 428/528, 428L/528L: Marine Invertebrate Zoology, 6 credit hours (3/3)
This course will be held online only in summer 2021.

2020 Syllabus

Marine Science I - Oceanography

girl with fishThis course provides a multidisciplinary foundation in oceanography, specifically the terminology, principles, processes, relationships, and phenomena pertaining to three of its traditional sub-disciplines: physical, geological, and chemical oceanography. The importance of the interaction of biotic and abiotic processes in the ocean will be addressed through exploration of timely issues in ocean science. Prerequisites: College algebra, 8 hours of chemistry, and 8 hours of biology or permission of instructor. COA 300, 300L: Marine Science I – Oceanography, 5 credit hours (3/2)
This course will be face-to-face in summer 2021.

2020 syllabus


Summer Session II:

Marine Animal Behavior

whale tailThis specialized course will provide an in-depth exploration of animal behavior in marine organisms, including the physiological and ecological aspects of behavior. The course will introduce students to techniques for observing animal behavior in the field and laboratory, designing and conducting behavioral experiments, and collecting and analyzing behavioral data. The course will consist of lectures, field trips, and laboratory projects designed to provide students with hands-on experience in marine animal behavior. Prerequisites: 2 semesters of biology or permission of instructor. COA 442/542, 442L/542L – Marine Animal Behavior, 5 credit hours (3/2)
This course will be held online only in summer 2021.

2018 Syllabus

Marine Ichthyology

countingMarine Ichthyology is an intensive marine biological field course which engages students to collect and identify marine fishes in numerous habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Students experience a variety of land-based and vessel-based collection techniques such as seining, cast netting, hook and line fishing, trawling, trolling, dip netting, and many others. Students must work effectively alone and in teams and participate in field expeditions to complete the course objectives. Successful students gain an appreciation for taxonomic identities of fishes and the synergism between abiotic and biotic factors that drive marine fish distribution and faunal diversity in northern Gulf of Mexico. Prerequisites: 16 hours of biology or permission of instructor. COA 421/521, 421L/521L: Marine Ichthyology, 6 credit hours (3/3)
This course will be face-to-face in summer 2021.

2018 Syllabus

Marine Mammals

dolphinsAn overview of the biology of marine mammals (cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, sea otters, and the polar bear) including their classification, evolutionary history, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management. Prerequisites: 16 hours of biology or permission of instructor. COA 443/543, 443L/543L: Marine Mammals, 5 credit hours (3/2)
This course will be held online only in summer 2021.

2016 syllabus

Marine Sciences II - Marine Biology

student microscopeAn ecological approach is taken to understand the biology of marine systems with emphasis on local organisms; their habitats, life cycles and survival strategies. Prerequisites: 8 hours of biology or permission of instructor. COA 301, 301L: Marine Sciences II – Marine Biology, 5 credit hours (3/2)
This course will be face-to-face in summer 2021.

2020 Syllabus 


Research Study Program
Positions are available in both Session I and II

research study programResearch Study Program allows upper-level undergraduate students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in designing a research project, sampling, analyzing data and presenting research findings. Research options encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines in coastal sciences that include Marine Aquaculture, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Biomedicine, Marine Ecology, Marine Education, Marine Fisheries, Marine Pathology and Marine Toxicology. This course could easily form the basis of a senior or honors project. Prerequisites: Four semesters of biology or permission of instructor. COA 492: Special Problems - Research. One to six hours credit is available and is assigned by the instructor.