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Shark Biology

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Institution: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab

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Course Description: This specialized course will provide students with an overview of elasmobranch (sharks, skates, and rays) biology, ecology, and taxonomy. Lectures will cover such topics as evolution, anatomy and physiology, sensory systems, behavior, and ecology. Students will be introduced to the diversity of elasmobranchs and will learn how to identify species. Special emphasis will be given to the species common to the Gulf of Mexico. Laboratory work will consist of several inshore and offshore collecting trips as well as dissections. Prerequisites: Three semesters of biology, including marine biology or permission of instructor. COA 422/522, 422L/522L: Elasmobranch Biology, five credit hours (3/2)

Course Fees and Expenses:

Scholarships, Fellowships, Associated with the Course: A limited number of assistantships and scholarships are available to qualifying students attending the GCRL Summer Field Program. For more information, contact us at

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Fill out online application at

Application Closing Date: 04/13/2018

Course Begins: 2018-06-04

Course Ends: 2018-06-29


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