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Intersession Program Courses (all have labs); May 21 to June 3, 2020


On campus housing in Port Aransas is available. Room and board is $300 with breakfast and lunch in the MSI Cafeteria Monday through Friday only. Each student is required to sign a rental agreement and pay a $300 deposit due along with the $300 rent by the first day of class (May 21, 2020). Check-in to dorms is at 4:00 p.m. on May 20, 2020. Check-out is June 3, 2020.

Microplastics in Coastal Environments - MNS 353 (unique 52200)

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 plymers and additives, as well as environmental processes that will affect the fates of platics in waters, such as biodegradation and photooxidation. In addition to the 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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: The following with a grade of at least C- in each: Biology 311D or 315H, and Chemistry 302 or 302H. Taught in Port Aransas at the Marine Science Institute.

  • Taught by Dr. Zhanfei Liu

Topics in Marine Science: Estuarine Ecology - MNS 352C (unique 52180)

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/laboratory hours may be required. Marine Science 352 (Topic 8) and 352C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: The following with a grade of at least C- in each: Biology 311D or 315H, and Chemistry 302 or 302H. Taught in Port Aransas at the Marine Science Institute. This class will meet via video-conference in BIO 118 at Austin campus January 21-April 28 (evening lectures to be arranged) with a mandatory field trip to the Marine Science Institute consisting of all day calssroom, laboratory and field components in Port Aransas and on the coast and at sea, May 21-June 3.

  • Taught by Dr. Ken Dunton