Biology of the Gulf Coast Region, BIO 420/520, gives you the opportunity to work in dunes, marshes, and pine forests; identify birds, herps, and invertebrates; learn about coastal ecosystems; and conduct independent research. The course is a nine-day field excursion to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and adjacent areas during spring break. The course provides personal experience with the natural history of the marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats of the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Weekly meetings prior to the field trip include information that helps familiarize you with the biological diversity you will encounter. You will improve skills associated with designing, conducting, and analyzing biological field studies. Literature searches allow formulation of tentative hypotheses in preparation for research projects to be conducted at Dauphin Island. Methodology and statistical analyses are planned before the trip.
Time at the coast is divided into whole-group activities and individual projects. Upon return to campus, class meetings are used for data analysis, creation of poster presentations, and other learning assessment.The course is 3 credit hours and a special fee applies.
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