Courses Available at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
The University of Tennessee at Martin is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, for the purpose of training in the marine sciences. The GCRL is administered by the University of Southern Mississippi. Institutional affiliation allows students at The University of Tennessee at Martin to enroll at the GCRL for summer courses without paying out-of-state fees.
Course offerings are announced annually by the GCRL and are available from the on-campus coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, UT Martin. Application forms must be completed as early as possible and not later than April 30 of the year of intended attendance.
Additional information may be obtained from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory On-Campus Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tennessee at Martin.
Biology 405 Marine Ecology (5) A consideration of the relationship of marine organisms to their environment. The effects of temperature, salinity, light, nutrient concentration, currents, food, predation and competition on the abundance and distribution of marine organisms are considered. Prereq: Sixteen hours of biological sciences, including general zoology, general botany, and invertebrate zoology.
Biology 407 Principles of Marine Aquaculture (6) An introduction to principles and technologies applied to the culture of commercially important marine organisms. Prereq: Sixteen hours of biological science.
Biology 459 Coastal Ecology for Teachers (4) Course provides teachers with background in basic coastal ecology, enhancing awareness and understanding of marine and aquatic environments. Prereq: Consent of instructors.
Botany 420 Marine Phycology (4) A survey, based upon local examples of the principal groups of marine algae and marine flowering plants, treating structure, reproduction, distribution, identification and ecology. Prereq: Ten hours of biology, including botany.
Botany 422 Coastal Vegetation (3) A study of general and specific aspects of coastal vegetation, with emphasis on local examples. Prereq: Ten hours of biology, including general botany.
Botany 423 Salt Marsh Plant Ecology (4) Species composition of tidal marshes, vegetational structure and distribution of salt marshes, with emphasis on flowering plants of local marshes, salt tolerance, adaptation, reproduction, primary production, water filtering capacity, and the effect of physical factors on plant growth and life cycles are considered. Techniques used to establish new marshes are also explored. Prereq: General botany (plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant morphology, and general ecology helpful) or consent of instructor.
Marine Science 300 Marine Science I: Oceanography (5) An introduction to oceanography which integrates physical, geological, chemical, and biological oceanography to provide students a multidisciplinary foundation in the fundamentals of oceanography. Prereq: College algebra, one semester of chemistry, geology, and physics courses helpful, but not required.
Marine Science 301 Marine Science II: Marine Biology (5) General introduction to marine biology with emphasis on local fauna and flora; their habitats, life cycles, and survival strategies. Prereq: Eight semester hours of biological sciences.
Marine Science 457 Marine Science for Teachers (3) A course designed to introduce students, particularly in-service teachers, to the study of marine science and to promote the teaching of marine biology at all grade levels. Prereq: Biology background or consent of instructor.
Marine Science 458 Marine Science for Elementary Teachers (3) A course designed to prepare teachers of elementary grade children to conduct classes using marine related materials. Prereq: Six hours in biological sciences.
Marine Science 482 Coastal Marine Geology (3) A study of inshore and nearshore geological processes, sedimentation patterns and land form development. Prereq: Six hours of geology.
Marine Science 492 Applications of Biotechnology in Marine Biology (6) Introduction to basic biochemical and molecular techniques used in research in the fields of systematics, fisheries science, aquaculture and aquatic toxicology. Prereq: Eight semester hours of zoology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry recommended or permission of course coordinator.
Microbiology 409 Marine Microbiology (5) The role of microorganisms in the overall ecology of the oceans and estuaries. Prereq: General microbiology and environmental microbiology or consent of instructor.
Zoology 403 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (5) A concentrated study of the important free-living, marine and estuarine invertebrates of the Mississippi Sound and adjacent continental shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico with emphasis on structure, classification, phylogenetic relationships, larval developmental and functional processes. Prereq: Sixteen hours of zoology including at least an introductory course in invertebrate zoology.
Zoology 404 Parasites of Marine Animals (6) A study of the parasites of marine estuarine animals with emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, life histories, and host-parasite relationships. Prereq: General parasitology or consent of instructor.
Zoology 406 Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes, Seagrasses, and Sand Beaches (5) A survey course dealing with the taxonomy, distribution, trophic relationships, reproductive strategies, and adaptations of animals commonly found associated with tidal marshes, seagrasses, and sand beaches with emphasis on those occurring in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Abiotic and biotic factors controlling or limiting the occurrence and distribution of fauna in these three habitat types will be compared and contrasted. Prereq: Sixteen hours of biological sciences and junior standing or consent of instructor(s).
Zoology 408 Marine Ichthyology (6) Major piscine taxa occurring in the Mississippi Sound and adjacent habitats, principles involved in their classification and taxonomy, their morphological, physiological, and ecological adaptations and the evolutionary relationships of these organisms. Prereq: Sixteen hours of zoology, including comparative anatomy or consent of instructor.
Zoology 410 Marine Fisheries Management (4) An overview of practical marine fishery management problems. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
Zoology 420 Marine Mammals (5) An examination of the natural history and population ecology of cetaceans, including life history, distribution, population dynamics, diet and feeding, social structure, evolution, and zoogeography. Pinnipeds, sirenians, sea otters and the polar bear will also be included. Prereq: Twelve semester hours of biology including Marine Science II or Marine Ichthyology.