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Department of Marine Science

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

MNS | Marine Science

The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Lower-Division Courses

307 (TCCN: GEOL 1345). Introduction to Oceanography. Same as Geological Sciences 307. Introduction to the sciences of oceanography: geological, physical, and biological. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geological sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option I), the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option II), or the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Option III).

309. Topics in Marine Science. Designed for nonscience majors. Selected topics in marine science, including marine biology, marine chemistry, and physical oceanography. Two lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be counted toward a degree in marine science. Prerequisite: Marine Science 307.

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Upper-Division Courses

320. Marine Ecology. Study of ecological processes at different levels of integration in marine ecosystems. Prerequisite: Biology 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H.

120L. Laboratory Studies in Marine Ecology. A laboratory course with two weekend field trips to the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas to perform ecological studies in the Texas coastal zone. Two weekend field trips, with pre– and post–field trip laboratory hours required. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for Marine Science 320.

440. Limnology and Oceanography. Same as Biology 456L. An introduction to the study of the interactions between aquatic organisms and their environments. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 325 or 325H with a grade of at least C, and Chemistry 302.

344K. Marine Mining and Minerals. Same as Geological Sciences 344K. Overview of seafloor mineral deposits, their exploration and mining. May not be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences degree. Prerequisite: Geological Sciences 401, 303, or 312K; 416K; and 416M.

148, 348. Training Cruise(s). May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

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 325 and Chemistry 302 with a grade of at least C in each, 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. Lectures, laboratory, and fieldwork. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

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. General ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas, including physiography, hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours, including one weekend trip. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Only one of the following may be counted: Marine Science 352 (Topic 8: Estuarine Ecology), 352C, 382 (Topic 8: Estuarine Ecology). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics.

352D. Marine Botany. Exploration of the marine algae and seagrasses of the south Texas coast, with emphasis on their taxonomy, physiology, and ecology; field trips to representative coastal habitats. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours, including one weekend trip. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; one of the following courses: Biology 322, 324, 325 or 325H, 328, Marine Science 352C; and three additional semester hours of coursework in biology.

353. 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: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

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 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H.

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354. Marine Invertebrates. Study of invertebrate taxonomy, structure, behavior, and ecology, with emphasis on field sampling and laboratory studies of invertebrate habitats of the Texas coast. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of biology or consent of instructor.

354C. Biology of Fishes. Anatomy, physiology, behavior, life history, taxonomy, and distribution of fishes, with emphasis on field sampling and laboratory studies of the coastal biota. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours, including one weekend trip. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, six semester hours of coursework in biological sciences, or consent of instructor.

354E. Aquatic Microbiology. Ecology, physiology, distribution, and growth of heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria and fungi in waters and sediments. Marine Science 354E and 384E may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Biology 311D, Chemistry 302 or 302H, and consent of instructor.

354F. Marine Geology. Survey of the origin, structure, stratigraphy, and sedimentology of marine basins and continental margins. Marine Science 354F and 384F may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and six semester hours of coursework in chemistry, marine science, or geological sciences, or consent of instructor.

354J. Marine Chemistry. Introduction to marine and environmental chemistry, including the distribution of elements in seawater, the geochemical and oceanographic processes controlling and affected by these distributions, and the effects of human activities on marine chemical processes. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and Chemistry 301 and 302; or consent of instructor.

354Q. Marine Environmental Science. Application of the principles of marine science to the study of environmental issues: toxicology, biogeochemical cycles, and biological and ecological impacts of zenobiotic materials in the coastal zone. Three lecture hours and eight laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H.

354T. Biological Oceanography. Introduction to the organisms in the sea, their adaptations to the environment, and the factors that control their distribution and abundance. The course emphasizes laboratory and field work with organisms found in the coastal waters of Texas. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Biology 311D.

354U. Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays. Ecology, anatomy, and physiology of elasmobranch fishes. Marine Science 353 (Topic 16: Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays) and 354U may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and Biology 354L, 361T, or Marine Science 354C and three additional upper-division biology or marine science hours or consent of instructor.

355C. Physiology of Fishes. Physiology of major organ systems of both marine and freshwater fishes. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and Biology 311D, and Chemistry 302 or 302H, or consent of instructor.

367K. Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea. Review of the history of ocean exploration including major oceanographic expeditions. Discussion of current topics in ocean exploration and exploitation of marine resources, the impact of resource exploitation on biological systems, and the development of marine policy. An oral presentation is required. Geological Sciences 367K and Marine Science 367K may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Marine Science 307 with a grade of at least B.

170, 270, 370. Special Studies in Marine Science. Supervised individual instruction and research in marine science field and laboratory techniques. The equivalent of one, two, or three class hours a week for one semester, at the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in science, a University grade point average of at least 3.00, and written consent of instructor.

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