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MARINE SCIENCE (MS)

Department of Biological Sciences
Office: 319 Biology Building

The following courses are taught during the summer session at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama.

MS 201 Commercial Marine Fisheries of Alabama. Two hours.

Introduction to the biology, management, harvesting techniques, and processes of the commercially valuable species in the Gulf of Mexico.

MS 302 Coastal Geomorphology. Two hours.

Study of coastlines and coastline features and the forces that actively shape and modify the entire coastal system. Features of coastlines around the world are studied; the Alabama coast serves as the field laboratory.

MS 304 Marine Geology (same as GEO 304). Four hours.

Prerequisite: GEO 101.

Credit earned in this course may not be applied to the requirements of the biological sciences major or minor. Field sampling techniques, laboratory analysis of sediments, topography, sediments, and history of the world oceans.

MS 306 Marine Biology (same as BSC 306). Four hours.

Prerequisites: BSC 114:115 or BSC 118, and BSC 116:117 or BSC 120.

Survey of the invertebrates, vertebrates, and marine plants as communities, with emphasis on local examples.

MS 321 Marine Technical Methods I (same as BSC 321). Two hours.

Prerequisites: General physics, general chemistry, and 12 hours in a single science discipline.

MS 322 Marine Technical Methods II (same as BSC 322). Two hours.

Prerequisites: General chemistry, quantitative analysis, and 12 hours in a single science discipline.

MS 397 Undergraduate Research. One to four hours.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, a written synopsis of the proposed project, and permission of a supervising faculty member.

A written report of the work performed is required. A maximum of 4 hours may be applied toward the interdisciplinary marine science degree.

MS 403 Coastal Climatology. Two hours.

Introduction to the physical factors that produce coastal region climates, with emphasis on the northern Gulf of Mexico.

MS 408 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (same as BSC 408): Four hours.

Prerequisites: BSC 114:115 or BSC 118, and BSC 116:117 or BSC 120.

Comparative study of the major marine invertebrate phyla, protozoa through protochordates. The focus is on their morphology, physiology, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships.

MS 411 Marsh Ecology (same as BSC 411). Four hours.

Prerequisites: General chemistry, general physics, general biology, MATH 125 and BSC 385.

Study of the floral and faunal elements of various marine marsh communities. The interaction of physical and biological factors is emphasized. Field trips acquaint students with regional examples of marsh types.

MS 419 Marine Ecology (same as BSC 419). Four hours.

Prerequisites: General chemistry, general physics, general biology, MATH 125 and BSC 385.

Bioenergetics, community structure, population dynamics, predation, competition, and specialization in marine ecosystems.

MS 421 Coastal Ornithology (same as BSC 421). Four hours.

Prerequisite: BSC 373.

Study of coastal and pelagic birds with emphasis on ecology, taxonomy, and distribution.

MS 433 Coastal Zone Management: Two hours.

Review of ecological features, physical management policies for coastal communities, and a description of relevant federal and state programs.

MS 448 Introduction to Oceanography. Four hours.

Prerequisites: General physics, general biology, and MATH 125.

A general introduction to the oceans, with emphasis on chemical, physical, and geological processes and their relation to biological systems.

MS 452 Marine Vertebrate Zoology (same as BSC 452). Four hours.

Prerequisite: BSC 373 or BSC 400.

Systematics, zoogeography, and ecology of marine vertebrates.

MS 453 Marine Botany (same as BSC 453). Four hours.

Prerequisite: BSC 360 or BSC 371.

Reproduction, taxonomy, systematics, distribution, and ecology of the major marine plant groups.

MS 497 Special Topics (same as BSC 497). One to four hours.

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