2012 Spring Mini-Session

January 3-13, 2012

Three classes will be offered in a spring mini-session in 2012. The mini-session is a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge marine and coastal sciences in an intensive field and laboratory oriented learning atmosphere. 

Coastal Ornithology

Coastal Ornithology, Spring Mini-SeriesThis course explores the highly diverse avian habitats found along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a focus on the study of avian ecology in the field. Class activities will include a significant emphasis on the use of both sight and sound as means of field identification. During this course students will explore barrier island nesting grounds, cruise the pristine Pascagoula River area, and explore local marshes and other unique coastal habitats. Students will also be introduced to a variety of ornithology field techniques including bird-banding, call-broadcast surveys, and monitoring methodologies.

Prerequisites: Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor (Ecology recommended but not required.)

Dr. Mark Woodrey

Special Topics: Coastal Ornithology; COA 411/511
Course Syllabus
Three semester hours credit.
Course field fee is $100.

Gulf of Mexico: Impacts, Status, Future

Gulf of Mexico: Impacts, Status, Future - Spring Mini-Session courseGulf of Mexico: Impacts, Status, Future - Spring Mini-Session course

The course will examine the impacts on coastal environments using the Northern Gulf of Mexico as the setting and Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as case examples.  The course will utilize multiple media including lectures, field trips, relevant videos and class discussions.  The science behind the major coastal impacts will be addressed at a layman’s level. 

Dr. William Hawkins
Special Topics: Gulf of Mexico: Impacts, Status, Future; COA 490/590
Three semester hours credit
Course field fee is $100.


Coastal Marine Geology

Coastal Marine Geology Spring Mini-Session, courseThis introductory class discusses basic geological principles required for the understanding of the origins, development and significance of various coastal and nearshore environments, processes and landforms.  Coastal field trips will illustrate these highly dynamic and ever-changing coastal environments.   



Prerequisites: Two semesters of science or permission of instructor.

Dr. Ervin Otvos
Coastal Marine Geology, COA 409/509
Three semester hours credit. Course field fee is $100.

Admissions Deadline

Applications for the spring mini-session classes are now being accepted.  To apply, submit all paperwork and a non-refundable $35.00 application fee (not applicable to current USM students) by December 2, 2011, to:

Office of Student Services
Division of Coastal Sciences
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Attn: Margaret Firth
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564


Tuition per semester hour:   

Room and Board: $480.00

Tech fee:

Field Fees: $100.00

Have Questions?

Sam Clardy, Coordinator of Educational Programs


Margaret Firth, Undergraduate Programs Specialist