Sep 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Coastal Sciences

  
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    COA 511 - Coastal Ornithology

    4 hrs.
    This introductory, field-oriented ornithology course will consist of a series of lectures, laboratory exercises, and field trips to introduce students to the birdlife of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Students will develop an understanding of the basics of avian biology/ecology and field identification of birds. The focus of this course will be on the behavioral and ecological aspects of the avifauna found along the northern Gulf Coast. The course will be conducted in a hybrid format with the first week online and the following two weeks of the course at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  
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    COA 516 - Marine Fisheries Management

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Statistics recommended. Corequisite(s): COA 516L . A statistical review of the world fisheries. May be taken as MAR 510 .
  
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    COA 516L - Marine Fisheries Management Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 516 . May be taken as MAR 510L.
  
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    COA 517 - Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Fisheries Science

    4 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Principles of fishery survey design, field techniques, and laboratory procedures for graduate students; course will include research cruises in both offshore and inshore environments. The course will be conducted in a hybrid format with the first week online and the following two weeks of the course at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  
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    COA 521 - Marine Ichthyology

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 521L . Marine fishes, including fish biology, ecology, evolution, and classification of marine and estuarine fishes. May be taken as MAR 508.
  
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    COA 521L - Marine Ichthyology Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 521 . May be taken as MAR 508L.
  
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    COA 522 - Elasmobranch Biology

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): COA 301 and COA 521 . Corequisite(s): COA 522L . This course will provide an overview of the biology of sharks, skates, and rays.
  
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    COA 522L - Elasmobranch Biology Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): COA 301L and COA 521L . Corequisite(s): COA 522 . This course will provide an overview of the biology of sharks, skates, and rays.
  
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    COA 524 - Marine Aquaculture

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 524L . An introduction to principles and technologies applied to the culture of commercially important marine organisms. May be taken as MAR 507.
  
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    COA 524L - Marine Aquaculture Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 524 . May be taken as MAR 507L.
  
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    COA 528 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 528L . Morphology, distribution, and ecology of the phyla from Protozoa through Protochordates. May be taken as MAR 503.
  
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    COA 528L - Marine Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 528 . May be taken as MAR 503L.
  
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    COA 533 - Marine Phycology

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): General botany and plant taxonomy. Corequisite(s): COA 533L . A survey of the principal groups of marine algae. May be taken as MAR 520.
  
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    COA 533L - Marine Phycology Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 533 . May be taken as MAR 520L.
  
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    COA 534 - Coastal Vegetation

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 534L . A study of general and specific aspects of coastal vegetation, with emphasis on local examples. May be taken as MAR 521.
  
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    COA 534L - Coastal Vegetation Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 534 . May be taken as MAR 521L.
  
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    COA 535 - Salt Marsh Plant Ecology

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 535L . The botanical aspects of local marshes; includes plant identification, composition, and structure. May be taken as MAR 522.
  
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    COA 535L - Salt Marsh Plant Ecology Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 535 . May be taken as MAR 522L.
  
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    COA 536 - Marine Botany

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): General biology (BSC 110 and BSC 111), general botany (BSC 226); consent of instructor. An overview, including local examples, of the principal groups of marine microalgae, macroalgae and submerged aquatic and emergent marine flowering plants, with a primary focus on their identification and ecology. The lecture and laboratory work for this course are interlaced so that, following the lecture material, laboratory examination of the algae are made. On three occasions, once per week, all-day field trips in the vicinity of the Mississippi Sound and to the barrier islands are made to observe algae and aquatic/emergent vegetations, the ecological relationships of these flora, and for collecting material for study in the laboratory.
  
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    COA 536L - Marine Botany Lab

    1 hr.
    Corequisite(s): COA 536 . A laboratory for Marine Botany.
  
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    COA 542 - Marine Animal Behavior

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor. This specialized course will provide an in-depth exploration of animal behavior in marine organisms, including both the physiological and ecological aspects of behavior. The course will introduce students to techniques for observing animal behavior in the field and laboratory. The course will consist of lectures and activities designed to provide students with thorough knowledge of marine animal behavior.
  
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    COA 542L - Marine Animal Behavior Lab

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor. This specialized course will provide an in-depth exploration of animal behavior in marine organisms, including both the physiological and ecological aspects of behavior. The course will introduce students to techniques for observing animal behavior in the field and laboratory. The course will consist of lectures and activities designed to provide students with thorough knowledge of marine animal behavior.
  
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    COA 543 - Marine Mammals

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): 16 hours biological sciences or permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): COA 543L . Course will emphasize natural history and population ecology of cetaceans. Will include life history, distribution, population dynamics, diet and feeding, social behavior, evolution, and zoogeography. May be taken as MAR 523.
  
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    COA 543L - Marine Mammals Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 543 . May be taken as MAR 523L.
  
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    COA 544 - Cetecean Behavior

    3 hrs.
    Review of the literature on the behavior, communication, and cognitive abilities of whales and dolphins as well as field trips and real time observations of marine mammals.
  
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    COA 545 - Sirenian Biology

    4 hrs.
    This course will explore the biology of Sirenians (manatees and dugongs) through topics including anatomy, physiology, behavior, evolution and conservation issues. This course will be conducted in a hybrid format with the first week online and the following two weeks of the course at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
  
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    COA 546 - Marine Ecology

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 546L . The relationship of marine organisms to their environment. May be taken as MAR 505.
  
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    COA 546L - Marine Ecology Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 546 . May be taken as MAR 505L.
  
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    COA 547 - Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): COA 547L . Taxonomy, distribution, trophic relationships, reproductive strategies, and adaptations of tidal marsh animals. May be taken as MAR 506.
  
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    COA 547L - Fauna and Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 547 . May be taken as MAR 506L.
  
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    COA 550 - Marine Conservation

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor. This course will introduce students to conservation biology and ecology with a focus on marine and coastal ecosystems. Topics may include biodiversity, marine ecosystems processes and threats, conservation of habitat and species, and human impacts, solutions, and policy. The course will consist of lectures and activities designed to provide students with thorough knowledge in marine conservation biology.
  
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    COA 550L - Marine Conservation Lab

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor.  This course will introduce students to conservation biology and ecology with a focus on marine and coastal ecosystems. Topics may include biodiversity, marine ecosystems processes and threats, conservation of habitat and species, and human impacts, solutions, and policy. The course will consist of lectures and activities designed to provide students with thorough knowledge in marine conservation biology.
  
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    COA 553 - Parasites of Marine Animals

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): COA 553L . Emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, life histories, and host-parasite relationships. May be taken as MAR 504.
  
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    COA 553L - Parasites of Marine Animals Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 553 . May be taken as MAR 504L.
  
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    COA 556 - Comparative Histology of Marine Organisms

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 556L . Histology of marine organisms, including tissue processing techniques. May be taken as MAR 530.
  
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    COA 556L - Comparative Histology of Marine Organisms Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 556 . May be taken as MAR 530L.
  
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    COA 562 - Statistical Methods in Environmental Coastal Zone Management

    3 hrs.
    Emphasizes relationship among probability and hypothesis testing.
  
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    COA 565 - Applications of Biotechnology in Marine Biology

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): 8 hrs. of zoology, general and organic chemistry; biochemistry recommended or permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): COA 565L . Basic biochemical and molecular techniques used to conduct research in marine biology.
  
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    COA 565L - Applications of Biotechnology in Marine Biology Laboratory

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 565 .
  
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    COA 570 - Elasmobranch Physiology

    5 hrs.
    Major physiological systems and unique aspects of shark, skate and stingray physiology including specialized adaptations to the challenges of life in diverse aquatic habitats.
  
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    COA 571 - Marine Microbiology

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): general microbiology. Corequisite(s): COA 571L . An introduction to the role of microorganisms in the overall ecology of the oceans and estuaries. May be taken as MAR 509.
  
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    COA 571L - Marine Microbiology Laboratory

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 571 . May be taken as MAR 509L.
  
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    COA 585 - Marine Science for Elementary Teachers

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Designed to acquaint teachers with marine science concepts. May be taken as MAR 558  or SME 535 .
  
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    COA 586 - Coastal Ecology for Teachers

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): COA 586L . Designed to provide teachers with a background in basic coastal ecology. May be taken as MAR 559  or SME 559 .
  
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    COA 586L - Coastal Ecology for Teachers Laboratory

    1 hr.
    Corequisite(s): for COA 586 . May be taken as MAR 559L  or SME 559L .
  
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    COA 587 - Techniques in Marine Science Education

    3 hrs.
    Designed to acquaint teachers with the marine resources of the Mississippi coastal zone. May be taken as MAR 556  or SME 556 .
  
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    COA 588 - Marine Science for Teachers

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Advanced topics in marine science. May be taken as MAR 557  or SME 557 .
  
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    COA 590 - Special Topics in Coastal Sciences

    1-6 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. An informal study of current topics in coastal sciences designed for nondegree graduate students. May be repeated.
  
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    COA 601 - Coastal Processes I

    3 hrs.
    Abiotic processes, including physical, chemical, and geological factors that influence coastal environments.
  
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    COA 602 - Coastal Processes II

    3 hrs.
    Biotic processes and interactions among pelagic, benthic, and land margin subsystems.
  
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    COA 603 - Professional Skills in Coastal Sciences

    3 hrs.
    Course will include lectures and workshops designed to improve scientific writing, grantsmanship, and platform/poster presentation skills.
  
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    COA 604 - Research Tools in Coastal Sciences

    2-3 hrs.
    Research techniques will be discussed in instructive lectures and discussion sessions by faculty and outside investigators. Attendance at all sessions is required. Course may be repeated for credit.
  
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    COA 605 - Data Analysis in Coastal Sciences

    3 hrs.
    Principles of data analysis and research, including study development, data handling, experimental design, and advanced statistical methods.
  
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    COA 606 - Biometry for the Coastal Sciences

    3 hrs.
    Course covers basic statistical concepts; data presentation, properties of statistical distributions, testing assupmtions, ANOVA ANCOVA, regression, and analysis of contingency table.
  
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    COA 607 - Chemical Toxicology

    3 hrs.
    Course covers general principles and concepts of toxicology, test procedures, data evaluation and interpretation of specific effect measurements used by environmental scientists.
  
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    COA 608 - Coastal Water Quality

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): CHE 107 or equivalent. Course covers water quality measures in estuarine waters. Major topics are lab methods, field measurements, analysis problems, quality control, and interpretation.
  
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    COA 610 - Coastal and Marine Pollution

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Organic chemistry or consent of instructor. An exploration of marine, estuarine and watershed pollution emphasizing the sources, ttransport, and fates of pollutants.
  
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    COA 611 - Sediments and Biota

    3 hrs.
    Course covers the vital influence of geology and sedimentation on marine habitats and environments.
  
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    COA 615 - Advanced Environmental Modeling

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): An Intro to GIS or a Programming course or permission of instructor. Will teach algorithm development to model environmental processes in a spatial context.
  
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    COA 616 - Geostatistics in Environmental Science

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): GIS, Intro Statistics or permission of instructor.  Theory of geostatistics and its application in environmental science is emphasized through the use of R language.
  
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    COA 617 - Marine Toxicology

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Instructor's consent This course will introduce students to the history, concepts, and application of toxicology in aquatic systems.
  
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    COA 636 - Coastal and Marine Botany

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to the principles and methods involved in the study of coastal and marine botany. Topics discussed include the diversity of primary produces in the coastal zone, current topics of research for each group, and methods used in botanical research.
  
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    COA 640 - Quantitative Fisheries Management

    3 hrs.
    This course addresses basic and advanced quantitative approaches to methods of fishery assessment and fishery science.
  
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    COA 641 - Stable Isotope Ecology

    3 hrs.
    This course addresses basic and advanced quantitative approaches to utilizing stable isotopes in ecological studies.
  
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    COA 642 - Early Life of Marine Fishes

    3 hrs.
    This course addresses the biology and ecology of marine fishes as they move through the egg, larval and juvenile stages.
  
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    COA 643 - Marine Aquaculture - Breeding and Genetics

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to the principles and methods involved in the domestication and breeding of marine species. Topics discussed include the control of captive reproduction, the management of genetic diversity, genetic improvement methods, and environmental risks.
  
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    COA 645 - Benthic Ecology

    3 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 645L . Benthic processes, adaptations, recruitment, spacial patterns, trophic dynamics, and diversity.
  
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    COA 645L - Benthic Ecology Lab

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 645 . Hypothesis development, experimental designs, data collection, and interpretation in benthic ecology.
  
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    COA 651 - Marine Symbiosis I

    4 hrs.
    Examines a variety of symbiotic relationships ranging from phoretic to parasitic found in the local area by using lectures, demonstrations, and individual research projects.
  
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    COA 652 - Marine Symbiosis II

    4 hrs.
    Examines a variety of symbiotic relationships ranging from phoretic to parasitic found in the local area by using lectures, demonstrations, and individual research projects.
  
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    COA 653 - Parasite Ecology

    3 hrs.
    Population biology, evolutionary ecology, and epidemiology of parasites and pathogens.
  
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    COA 654 - Describe Species I

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Explores necessary aspects of describing a parasitic species for publication.
  
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    COA 655 - Describe Species II

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Explores necessary aspects of describing a parasitic species for publication.
  
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    COA 690 - Special Topics in Coastal Sciences

    1-6 hrs.
    May include lecture material, student presentations, and discussions moderated by instructor. May be repeated.
  
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    COA 691 - Research in Coastal Sciences

    1-16 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    COA 692 - Special Problems in Coastal Sciences

    2-6 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    COA 697 - Independent Study

    1-9 hrs. arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit towards a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    COA 698 - Thesis

    1-6 hrs for a total of 6 hours.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    COA 701 - Introduction to Cladistics, Systematics, and Taxonomy

    3 hrs.
    A lecture and lab course on the theory of phylogenetics and its uses in classification, taxonomy, and specification. Emphasis is placed on using current software to analyze data.
  
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    COA 709 - Marine Conservation Genetics

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): general genetics course or instructor's consent.  Introduction to the principles of conservation genetics and their application to the conservation of marine organisms.
  
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    COA 728 - Crustacean Taxonomy

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 728L . Morphology, taxonomy, and sytematics of higher Crustacea emphasizing the major orders of the three Malacostracan subclasses.
  
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    COA 728L - Crustacean Taxonomy Lab

    2 hrs.
    Corequisite(s): COA 728 . Examination and comparison of homologous characters in representatives of the subclasses Phyllocarida, Hoplocarida, and Eumalacostraca.
  
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    COA 742 - Topics in Fisheries Ecology

    1-6 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor. Review of primary literature in fisheries ecology as defined by the topic chosen each semester.
  
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    COA 746 - Ecology of Fishes

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Topics range from reproduction to aspects of population and community ecology. Students complete six pre-proposals and lead discussions on topics in fish ecology.
  
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    COA 757 - Application of Environmental and Coastal Zone Management

    6 hrs.
    This class is designed to teach students environmental and coastal zone management.
  
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    COA 763 - Grantsmanship in Environmental Coastal Zone Management

    3 hrs.
    Designed to teach grants writing skill specific to environmental and coastal science proposals. Will allow students to experience issues in identifying/submitting funding opportunities.
  
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    COA 790 - Special Topics in Coastal Sciences

    1-6 hrs.
    Special topics in coastal sciences. May include lecture material; student presentations and discussions moderated by instructor. May be repeated.
  
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    COA 791 - Research in Coastal Sciences

    1-16 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    COA 792 - Special Problems in Coastal Sciences

    2-6 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    COA 797 - Independent Study

    1-9 hrs. arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit towards a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    COA 898 - Dissertation

    12 hours.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

College of Health

  
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    COH 601 - College Teaching

    3 hrs.
    Examines issues and research related to successful college teaching. Provides supervised experience in planning and developing course materials and evaluating teaching methodology.

Communication Studies

  
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    CMS 598 - Teaching Public Speaking

    1-3 hrs.
    Provides instruction on how to teach public speaking. Emphasis on course assignments, grading, classroom management.
  
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    CMS 599 - British Studies in Communication

    3-6 hrs.
    Communication research and practice in Great Britain. Taught only in Great Britain under the auspices of the Center for International and Continuing Education.
  
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    CMS 600 - Speech Communication Theory and Research

    3 hrs.
    A survey of major research traditions in the field of speech communication. Topics will include persuasion, nonverbal communication, networks, and theories of communication.
  
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    CMS 603 - Political Communication


    Examines the use of rhetoric to create and maintain political relationships and power.
  
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    CMS 605 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 hrs.
    A comparative approach to the study of interpersonal communication theories and methods.
  
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    CMS 609 - Speech Communication Seminar

    3 hrs.
    A rotating seminar that addresses topics in speech communication.
  
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    CMS 610 - Problems in Organizational Communication

    3 hrs.
    Analysis of work organizations as communication networks. Emphasis on identification, analysis of selected problems, consultation methods, and administration of communication training programs.
  
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    CMS 625 - Communication, Conflict, and Negotiation


    Surveys theory and research on the role of communication in the management of conflict in personal and professional relationships.
 

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