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Grad Catalog 03-05

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Marine Science

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Marine Science: MNS

180, 380, 680. Research in Marine Science.
Research work on the Texas coast. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Marine Ecology.

Topic 2: General Marine Microbiology.

Topic 3: Marine Geology.

Topic 4: Biology of the Microalgae.

Topic 5: Ecology of Fishes.

Topic 6: Marine Chemistry. May count as chemistry.

Topic 8: Quantitative Ecology of Marine Populations.

Topic 9: Endocrinology.

Topic 10: Comparative Physiology.

Topic 11: Biological Oceanography.

Topic 12: Marine Microbial Ecology.

Topic 13: Phytoplankton Ecology.

Topic 14: Marine Mining.

Topic 18: Benthic Ecology.

Topic 19: Nutrient Chemistry.

Topic 20: Zooplankton Ecology.

Topic 22: Marine Botany.

Topic 23: Fisheries and Mariculture.

Topic 24: Fish: Early Life-History Studies.

Topic 25: Marine Geochemistry.

Topic 26: Nutrient Dynamics.

Topic 27: Phytoplankton Ecology.

Topic 28: Biogeochemistry.

Topic 29: Marine Isotope Geochemistry.

Topic 30: Fish Physiology.

Topic 31: Organic Geochemistry.

481C. Marine Ecosystem Dynamics.
Interactions between organisms and the physical processes that regulate productivity and distribution of marine life in oceanic and coastal ecosystems. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following: six semester hours of biological sciences chosen from Biology 302, 303, 304, and the equivalent; and Chemistry 301 and 302, or the equivalent.

382. Principles of Marine Science.
Lectures, laboratory, and fieldwork. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 6: Marine Ichthyology. Systematics of fishes, including major classifications, comparative anatomy, embryology, and general distribution. Additional prerequisite: Comparative vertebrate anatomy or consent of instructor.

Topic 9: Endocrinology. Endocrinology, with special reference to lower vertebrates and the evolution of control systems. Marine Science 352 (Topic 9: Endocrinology) and 382 (Topic 9) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Courses in physiology and consent of instructor.

Topic 14: Biology of Seagrasses. Analyses of plant and animal characteristics of seagrass ecosystems, including biomass, reciprocal salinity transplants, productivity. Marine Science 352 (Topic 14: Biology of Seagrasses) and 382 (Topic 14) may not both be counted.

482C. Marine Biogeochemistry.
Study of chemical, biological, geological, and physical processes that influence cycling of bioactive elements in marine waters and sediments. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following: Physical Science 303 and 304, or the equivalent; Chemistry 301, 302, and 610, or the equivalent; and six semester hours of biological sciences chosen from Biology 302, 303, 304, and the equivalent.

383. Topics in Marine Science.
Two lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Biogeochemistry of Carbon. Production, distribution, composition, and preservation of organic matter in the sea. Marine Science 353 (Topic 1: Biogeochemistry of Carbon) and 383 (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Isotope Ecology. Consideration of the stable hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur stable isotope ratio variations in ecological settings, including chemical fundamentals; current literature on food-webs and source studies. Additional prerequisite: Graduate standing in one of the natural sciences.

Topic 8: Benthic Plants and Animals. Interactions among organisms, sediments, and physical processes of estuarine systems, including the factors that regulate primary and secondary productivity.

Topic 9: Planktonic Processes. Advanced study of the processes affecting the distribution and abundance of marine planktonic organisms, primary and secondary production in marine planktonic environments, and trophic interactions between planktonic species.

Topic 10: Methods in Marine Science. Introduction through laboratory and field work to the methods of marine science and oceanographic research. Topics include small boat handling and safety; field collection of physical, chemical, and biological data; and laboratory analysis of seawater chemistry and marine organisms.

Topic 11: Global Change. Study of natural and anthropogenically mediated changes in the earth's climate and biogeochemical cycles.

Topic 12: Larval Fish Ecology. The ecology of marine fish larvae in relation to fisheries oceanography and aquaculture. Additional prerequisite: Ability to use the World Wide Web and knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Topic 13: Marine Botany. Introduction through lectures and field work to the diversity and importance of marine vegetation of the South Texas coast. Includes the evolution, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, and trophic importance of marine vegetation.

Topic 14: Marine Isotope Geochemistry. The use of isotopes (stable, radiogenic, uranium series, and anthropogenic) in the study of marine science.

Topic 15: Molecular Methods in Marine Science. Introduction to the principles and methods of molecular biology and the application of molecular techniques to research in marine science.

Topic 16: Zooplankton Ecology. Advanced study of the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of zooplankton to their environment.

483C. Adaptations to the Marine Environment.
The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following: six semester hours of biological sciences chosen from Biology 302, 303, 304, and the equivalent; and Chemistry 301 and 302, or the equivalent.

384C. Benthic Ecology.
Interactions among organisms, sediments, and physical processes of estuarine and oceanic bottoms. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Marine Science 354 or the equivalent, and consent of instructor.

384E. Marine Microbial Ecology.
Metabolism of photosynthetic and chemosynthetic microorganisms in the sea. Three lecture hours and eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. Marine Science 354E and 384E may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; six semester hours of biological science chosen from Biology 302, 303, 304, or the equivalent; Chemistry 301 and 302, or the equivalent; and consent of instructor.

384F. Marine Geology.
Development of ocean basins; marine and coastal depositional environments, processes, and sedimentary parameters; marine field techniques. Marine Science 354F and 384F may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; six semester hours of general chemistry or mineralogy; six semester hours of biology or paleontology; and six semester hours of upper-division geological sciences or consent of instructor.

384J. Marine Ecology.
Principles of competition and of predator-prey, herbivore-plant, and reproductive interactions within diverse marine phyla. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, a basic course in biological science, and consent of instructor.

384K. Ecology of Fishes.
Organismal, population, and community ecology of marine and freshwater fishes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in marine science or biological sciences; and consent of instructor.

384L. Marine Chemistry.
Chemical processes in the sea. Three lecture hours and eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, general physics, and six semester hours of upper-division chemistry.

384T. Biological Oceanographic Processes.
An advanced course in biological processes in oceanic and coastal waters, with emphasis on empirical and theoretical concepts of marine ecosystem dynamics, primary and secondary production, and detrital cycling. Three lecture hours and eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following: six semester hours of biological science chosen from Biology 302, 303, 304, or the equivalent, and Chemistry 301 and 302, or the equivalent.

384U. Reproductive Physiology of Fishes.
Endocrine and environmental control of reproductive cycles in teleost fishes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, a beginning course in physiology, and consent of instructor.

385E. Marine Macrophytes.
A lecture, laboratory, and field course that examines the systematics, ecology, and productivity of marine macroalgae and seagrasses, strategies and seasonal patterns of growth, photosynthesis, and carbon metabolism in relation to in situ light environments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with forty hours of laboratory and fieldwork. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, six semester hours of upper-division biology, and consent of instructor.

385F. Environmental Modeling.
Introductory course in modeling, with emphasis on the models used in ecology, oceanography, and earth sciences. Two lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in marine science and consent of instructor.

386. Phytoplankton Ecology.
The interactions of physiology, morphology, and behavior of microalgae with physical, chemical, and biological features of the environment as related to the distribution of marine phytoplankton. Marine Science 386 and Zoology 384L (Topic 18: Phytoplankton Ecology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Biology 478L and at least one of the following courses are recommended: Biology 448L, 353L, 455L; and Biology 456L or 373.

188, 388. Marine Research Training Cruise.
Shipboard training in marine research through participation in research projects and completion of report. One five- to seven-day cruise; additional laboratory work is required for 388. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

191. Seminar in Marine Science.
Recent advances in the marine sciences, discussed by students, faculty and staff members, and guest lecturers. Topics to be announced. One lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in marine science and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Marine Science 698A.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Marine Science.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Marine Science 399R, 699R, or 999R.

 


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Graduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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