10. College of Natural Sciences
The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006; 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.
A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.
Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.
307. Introduction to Oceanography.
320. Marine Ecology.
120L. Laboratory Studies in Marine Ecology.
440. Limnology and Oceanography.
344K. Marine Mining and Minerals.
148, 348. Training Cruise(s).
Topic 1: Research in Biological Oceanography. Same as Biology 148, 348. One or more cruises of one to several days each to collect physical, chemical, oceanographic, and biological data relevant to biological processes in the sea. Preparatory instruction and postcruise sample processing and analysis. Prerequisite: Biology 213, 214, and 325 with a grade of at least C in each, Chemistry 302, and consent of instructor.
Topic 2: Marine Geophysical Research. Marine Science 348 (Topic 2) is same as Geological Sciences 348K. Multiday cruise to collect seismic, magnetic, gravitational, bathymetric, or other geophysical data. Postcruise data processing and/or analysis and a report are required. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and one of the following: Marine Science 307, 367K, Geological Sciences 401, 303, 312K. Geological Sciences 416M, 420K or 320L, and 465K are recommended.
352. Principles of Marine Science.
Topic 9: Endocrinology. Endocrinology, with special reference to lower vertebrates and evolution of control systems. Marine Science 352 (Topic 9) and 382 (Topic 9: Endocrinology) may not both be counted. May count as zoology. Prerequisite: Previous courses in physiology and consent of instructor.
Topic 12: Adaptive Physiology of Marine Organisms. Selected topics in the comparative physiology of marine organisms and their environmental adaptations. Marine Science 352 (Topic 12) and 382 (Topic 12: Adaptive Physiology of Marine Organisms) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Previous course in cell physiology or consent of instructor.
Topic 13: Microclimatology. Physical and thermal characteristics of the atmospheric surface layer, with particular reference to coastal environments. Marine Science 352 (Topic 13) and 382 (Topic 13: Microclimatology) may not both be counted.
Topic 16: Ocean Engineering. Description of ocean waves and tides, methods of wave forecasting, classroom and field exercises. Marine Science 352 (Topic 16) and 382 (Topic 16: Ocean Engineering) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topic 18: Marine Atmospheric Chemistry. Atmospheric particle chemistry; sea-surface films, atmospheric organic matter; air-sea chemical fractionation; carbon, nitrogen, sulfur cycles. Marine Science 352 (Topic 18) and 382 (Topic 18: Marine Atmospheric Chemistry) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topic 20: General Marine Phycology. Survey of benthic algae and phytoplankton of the Texas coast; systematics, morphology, life history and culturing techniques. Marine Science 352 (Topic 20) and 382 (Topic 20: General Marine Phycology) may not both be counted.
Topic 21: Ecology of Marine Fungi. Biology of the fungi with emphasis on ecological, morphological, and developmental aspects and culturing techniques. Marine Science 352 (Topic 21) and 382 (Topic 21: Ecology of Marine Fungi) may not both be counted.
Topic 22: Oceanography. Consideration of current understanding of the chemistry and biology of the oceans.
352C. Estuarine Ecology.
352D. Marine Botany.
353. Topics in Marine Science.
Topic 2: Fish Adaptations to Coastal Ecosystems. Quantitative ecological comparisons of zoogeographical abundance and distribution with population, metabolic, and growth parameters. Marine Science 353 (Topic 2) and 383 (Topic 2: Fish Adaptations to Coastal Ecosystems) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Fifteen semester hours of coursework in biology and/or zoology.
Topic 4: Current Research. Research instruction/participation in marine science. Laboratory and field activity with emphasis on faculty contact.
Topic 5: Seafloor Mining. Study of seafloor mineral resources, including problems and policies related to exploration, mining, environmental concerns, assessment, and industrial development.
Topic 6: Marine Ecology. Independent study in marine ecology, literature research, and comprehensive writing. Report required. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing in a natural science, engineering, or education.
Topic 7: Marine Sedimentology. Selected topics and problems concerning the depositional processes, controls, and distribution of marine sediments.
Topic 8: Marine Chemistry. Study of the processes controlling the chemistry of natural waters, the oceans as a chemical system, and the impact of human activities on these systems.
Topic 14: Marine Isotope Geochemistry. The use of isotopes (stable, radiogenic, uranium series, and anthropogenic) in the study of marine science.
Topic 15: Interdisciplinary Classroom Field Methods. Uses the interdisciplinary nature of marine science to focus on inquiry-based instruction, constructivist-oriented teaching strategies, and field explorations.
Topic 17: Marine Fish Physiology. Physiology of major organ systems of marine fishes, with emphasis on adaptations to marine environments. Includes osmoregulation, nutrition, circulation, excretion, reproduction, sensory physiology, and endocrine control. Additional prerequisite: Biology 213 and 214, and Chemistry 302.
354. Marine Invertebrates.
354C. Biology of Fishes.
354E. Aquatic Microbiology.
354F. Marine Geology.
354J. Marine Chemistry.
354Q. Marine Environmental Science.
354T. Biological Oceanography.
354U. Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays.
355C. Physiology of Fishes.
367K. Oceanography: Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea.
170, 270, 370. Special Studies in Marine Science.
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