Academics | Marine Biosciences Courses
MAST314 Comparative Terrestrial and Marine Ecology 3 See ENWC314 for course description.
MAST607 Writing Papers in the Marine Sciences 3 The process and mechanics of publishing scientific papers in marine journals. Covers organizing data in tables and figures; mechanics of drawing up effective figures; marshalling of tables, figures and scientific ideas into a coherent story; and strategies and techniques used in effective writing.
MAST616 Methods in Molecular Biology 3 Conceptual experience in molecular biological techniques with an emphasis on their application to marine related problems. Topics include nucleic acid extractions, cloning, gene amplification and characterization, and expression methodologies. PREREQ: MAST634.
MAST617 Methods in Molecular Biology Lab 3 A laboratory course to provide practical experience in molecular biological techniques with emphasis on applications to marine related problems. COREQ: MAST616.
MAST618 Marine Microbial Ecology 3 Examines role of microbes in the oceans and their impact on oceanographic processes and biogeochemical cycles in marine environments. Emphasis is on bacteria and their interactions with other marine organisms. Introduces use of molecular tools to examine uncultivated microbes.
MAST621 Coastal Field Biology 2 Hands-on study of estuarine and coastal communities with emphasis on patchiness in time and space. Instruction in field techniques as well as analysis and presentation of data. Experience in scientific writing. PREREQ: General Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Physiology.
MAST623 Physiology of Marine Organisms 3 Processes and mechanisms of adaptation of organisms to marine environments. Examines how environmental factors affect physiological processes in marine organisms. Lectures address physiological processes at cellular, whole organism and habitat levels.
MAST625 Microbial Physiology and Diversity 3 Emphasis on diversity of physiological strategies developed by prokaryotic microbes and some simple eukaryotes. Approach is to examine and dissect specific metabolic pathways both in isolation and in how they integrate with central metabolism. PREREQ: BISC 207/208, CHEM 321 or CHEM 331, or permission of instructor. RESTRICTIONS: Juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
MAST626 Topics in Halophyte Biology 1 Analysis of current research in the biology of halophytic plants. Emphasis on student seminars and group discussions of the current literature. RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
MAST627 Marine Biology 3 Ecologically oriented study of elementary oceanography, adaptive physiology, aspects of population and community ecology, reproductive and larval biology and marine production systems. Emphasis on coastal and estuarine habitats including soft- and hard-substrate intertidal regions, subtidal regions and coral reefs. PREREQ: General Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and Physiology. RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
MAST629 Topics in Marine Ecology 1-3 Selected topics in marine ecology and physiology. Topics may vary and will be announced in the registration booklets. RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
MAST630 Ichthyology 3 The biology of fishes with emphasis on marine fishes and their adaptations and roles in the marine environment. The first half of the course covers the diversity of fishes (characteristics, classification, & zoogeography). This part establishes a foundation in the diversity of fishes, family-level characteristics, and overall relationships among fish groups. The second half covers fish anatomy, physiology, and behavior, and the ecology of fishes and fish communities. Although the course focuses on marine fishes, many of the topics covered apply to fishes in all environments.
MAST634 Marine Biochemistry 3 Addresses biochemical processes and enzyme, metabolic and structural adaptations of marine plants and animals. Discussions on topics such as enzyme kinetics, enzyme structure and metabolic pathways to organisms in the marine environment. RESTRICTIONS: Requires sufficient background in chemistry and permission of instructor.
MAST821 Marine Biosciences Seminar 1 With each offering, a different specific topic is addressed, e.g., tropical marine biology, larval dispersal, estuarine productivity, etc. RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
MAST827 Current Topics in Marine Biology 1-4 Subject areas change each term and will be announced in the registration booklet. Topics include aspects of plant biology, fish and invertebrate ecology and other aspects of marine ecology. May include lectures, tutorials and demonstration of techniques. RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
MAST828 Current Topics in Marine Biochemistry 1-4 Subject areas change each term and will be announced in the registration booklet. Topics include marine chemical ecology, marine natural products chemistry, marine biochemistry of marine plants and animals. May include lectures, tutorials and demonstration of technique. PREREQ: Graduate course in Biochemistry. RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.