2013 Spring Mini-Session

January 2-12, 2013

Two classes will be offered in a spring mini-session in 2013. 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 the pristine Pascagoula River area, 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.
Three semester hours credit
Course field fee is $100

Environmental Photography

Environmental Photography, 2013 spring mini-session, Gulf Coast Research LaboratoryThis course is designed to develop an awareness of our environment, and convey this understanding through the medium of photographic image. This class includes studies of the structure and function of ecosystems (emphasizing aquatic environments), and examines selected environmental concerns through daily field trips. Further, students in this course will emphasize nature at the seldom observed macroscopic level for a fuller understanding of inter-relationships in the environment.

Prerequisites: Although no formal coursework is prerequisite, it is expected that students enrolled in this class will have a basic awareness of environmental issues. This course is designed to appeal to students
across disciplines.

Dr. James Wetzel
Special Topics: Environmental Photography, COA 490/590
Three semester hours credit
Course field fee is $100.00

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 3, 2012, 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: $440 per term

Tech fee:

Field Fees: $100.00

Have Questions?

Sam Clardy, Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs


Margaret Firth, Administrative Assistant