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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Coastal Sciences

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Jeffrey M. Lotz, Chair
703 East Beach Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

More than 20 upper-level, undergraduate courses in coastal sciences (COA) are offered at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, mainly during the summer. The Department of Coastal Sciences offers specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels focused on research in the areas of marine biology, oceanography, marine mammals, elasmobranch biology, remote sensing/GIS, coastal zones applications, aquaculture, coastal and marine fisheries, coastal geology, invertebrate zoology and biology, coastal ecology, parasitology, estuarine chemistry, toxicology, botany, applied molecular techniques, science education, and biodiversity and systematics. The Department of Coastal Sciences cooperates with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Marine Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Science and Mathematics Education to provide students with state-of-the-art research and educational opportunities.

Undergraduates interested in preparing for graduate study in coastal sciences should pursue a bachelor's degree program in their department of choice, developing a strong background in biology, chemistry, geology, physics and mathematics through calculus. Students interested in the marine biology degree in the Department of Biological Sciences  should review that section of this Bulletin.

Summer Field Program at GCRL

Chris Snyder, Sam Clardy, Coordinators
Department of Coastal Sciences
703 East Beach Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

The Department of Coastal Sciences offers a selection of accelerated, field-oriented undergraduate and graduate courses during the summer at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) campus. For summer courses, see this Bulletin. Where appropriate, courses are also cross-listed by biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, geology, marine sciences and science education. Summer courses are available for undergraduate or graduate credit. Graduate students may also conduct thesis, dissertation and directed research at GCRL.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), located in Ocean Springs, has offered summer courses in the marine sciences since 1947. GCRL is a campus of 50 acres that is home to the Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center for Fisheries Research and Development and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. Nearly 200 faculty, technical and support personnel, and students work on this campus.

Admission to the Summer Field Program

Due to space limitations for the field-oriented courses, students need to apply early and directly to the GCRL for admission to the accelerated summer courses. Contact the Summer Field Program coordinator, Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Dr., Ocean Springs, Miss. 39564, for application materials. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is affiliated with 65 colleges and universities whose students participate in the summer academic program. An application and information about the Summer Field Program is available on the Web at

Course Loads

The Summer Field Program courses are offered during two, five-week terms. Because courses are taught at an accelerated pace (i.e., an entire semester of lecture and laboratory is taught in five weeks), a student is allowed to enroll in only one course each term. Students are able to earn up to 12 semester hours credit during the summer. Classes meet each weekday with particular times scheduled for field trips, classroom instruction and laboratory work.

Room and Board

Room and board is available for students selecting on-campus housing, which includes internet access, laundry, facilities and three daily meals in the GCRLdining hall.

  Mini Session $525
  1st Term $1335
  2nd Term $1335


  Undergraduate Application Fee (non USM students) $35
  Graduate Application Fee (non USM students) $50
  Undergraduate Tuition $291.00 per semester hour
  Graduate Tuition $388.00 per semester hour

Lab Fee: $60 on select courses
Field fees: $200.00-$1000.00 (depending on course)
Books, supplies, etc.: $75.00-$200.00 (approximate depending on course)

Students pay fees directly to The University of Southern Mississippi. Fees are subject to change without prior notice.


  Mini Session May 11-22, 2015
  1st Term May 26- June 23, 2015
  2nd Term June 25-July 24, 2015


  Priority Application Deadline February 27, 2015
  Application Deadline March 27, 2015

A student may enroll in only one course each term. Students should not take classes at other campuses while taking field courses at GCRL.

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