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2024 MAY TERM Program Courses; May 7 to June 5, 2024

On campus housing in the MSI dormitory in Port Aransas is available. Dorm includes a student lounge with table, seating area, refrigerators, microwaves, and hot plates. Room and board $400/mo. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the MSI Cafeteria Monday through Friday only. The cafeteria will be closed on weekends and holidays.  Dinner needs to be picked up by 5:00 pm. If you will be picking dinner up after 5:00 pm, contact security to let you into the cafeteria. If you have special dietary needs, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know and they will try to accommodate you. However, please note, that we do not have a registered dietitian on campus so there are no guarantees. Each student is required to sign a rental agreement and pay a $400 deposit due along with the $400 rent by the first day of class (May 7, 2024). Check-in to dorms is at 4:00 p.m. on May 6, 2024. Check-out is at noon on June 6, 2024.

Topics in marine science: microplastics in coastal environments - MNS 353 (unique 52955)

This class will focus on microplastics in coastal environments through lectures and field work. We will cover basic knowledge of plastics, such as composition and production of plastic polymers and additives, as well as environmental processes that will affect the fates of plastics in waters, such as biodegradation and photooxidation. In addition to lectures, field work is a key component of this course, where students will participate in cruise sampling and microplastic analysis and identification in estuaries and bays near Port Aransas. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional lecture and field/laboratory hours may be required. Prerequisite: The following with a grade of at least C- in each: Biology 311D or 315H, and Chemistry 302 or 302C. Taught in Port Aransas at the Marine Science Institute. All day classroom, laboratory and field components in Port Aransas, on the coast and at sea.

  • Taught by Dr. Zhanfei Liu

Estuarine Ecology - MNS 352C (UNIQUE 52940)

Explores general ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas including physiography, hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional lecture and field/lab hours may be required. Prerequisite: The following with a grade of at least C- in each: Biology 311D or 315H, and Chemistry 302 or 302C. Taught in Port Aransas at the Marine Science Institute. All day classroom, laboratory and field components in Port Aransas, on the coast and at sea.

  • Taught by Drs. Ken Dunton & Mark Lever