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Marine Science 460

Marine Science 460 is a required class for all Marine Science majors that is taught in residence at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory.

The overall goal of this course is to provide students with hands-on technical and field training necessary to conduct and critically evaluate marine science research. The course is conducted in residence at the Belle W. Baruch Marine Field Lab in Georgetown, SC.  All students are expected to remain in residence for the duration of the course.Override permission is needed to enroll for this course.

Students are advised to enroll in MSCI 460 during the summer before their senior year. However, students may enroll anytime following the completion of the prerequisite courses.  This course has an instructor override.  Note: Priority is given to graduating Seniors.
1)  Talk to your advisor in the Spring and let them know you are planning to take the course.
2)  Contact the MSCI Lab Manager to get on the list.  Provide your name, VIP# and which session (May or June) you are interested in taking.

Session I: May 

Register for: 3-Week Session I 

Goals and Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform specific standard methods common to marine sci-ence research
  • Acquire good habits in field and laboratory practices.
  • Combine field sampling with laboratory measurements of collected samples using modern analytical instrumentation, with analysis and integration of data
  • Gain connections between the knowledge and concepts of marine science and methods used to collectthe data

Session II: June

Register for: 3-Week Session II 

Goals and Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform specific standard methods common to marine sci-ence research
  • Create experiments, execute methods, present the data, and interpret results.
  • Identify and understand the ecology, behavior, and life histo-ries of common coastal and estuarine fishes
  • Recognize and understand the role of fishes at multiple tem-poral and spatial scales within the ecosystem.
  • Gain connections between the knowledge and concepts of marine science and methods used to collect the data.

Students are advised to enroll in MSCI 460 during the summer before their senior year. However, students may enroll anytime following the completion of the prerequisite courses.This course has an instructor override Note: Priority is given to graduating Seniors.1)Talk to your advisor in the Spring and let them know you are planning to take the course.2)Contact the MSCI Lab Manager to get on the list. Provide your name, VIP# and which session (May or June) you are interested in taking.

Transportation isprovided by the University. A 15-passenger van will be available for students to commutefrom the USC campustotheBMFL for the duration of thecourse. The van will be driven by a Graduate Instructional Assistant with driving certification and assigned as an assistantto the course. Students will leave from campus on the Sunday before the first day of the course and return on the finalday of class. Students can optout of the provided transportation andbring their personal vehiclesas long as they have completedtherespectivepaperwork.

USC Resident (or Non-resident) Tuition for 4 credit hours*

USC Technology fee*

USC Lab Fee (Arts and Sciences Dept Fee)*

Dorm and Boat rental: $300

*Check with the Bursar’s Office for current USC tuition and fees.


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