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Coordinator: Professor Julie Olson, Office: 3323 Science and Engineering Complex
The graduate Marine Science Program (MSP) is a dual-campus program of the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama and University programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), a facility of the Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC). Both sites provide unique facilities to support education and research in the field of marine science. The main campus facilities include a marine algae and marine invertebrate collection. At DISL, there is a diversely trained resident faculty available year-round to teach graduate-level courses that are part of the MSP curriculum, to serve as thesis advisors, to provide support space, and to employ resident students in funded extramural research projects. The library at DISL specializes in publications that focus on the marine environment.
In addition, DISL provides support for University programs by way of a research facility containing offices, laboratories, and support facilities for the resident graduate faculty; three lecture-room/teaching-laboratory buildings; and two dormitories, an efficiency apartment building, and a dining hall. Access to the bay and Gulf waters is available via scheduled use of the 65-foot steel-hull R/V A. E. Verrill and by a variety of outboard-motor-powered craft that can be towed to different sites for launching.
Courses offered at
DISL carry the same credit toward graduate degrees as those taught on The
Students seeking admission
to the Marine Science Program must satisfy the general admission requirements of
the Graduate School, found in the
Admission Criteria section of this catalog. For further specific information,
please contact Dr. Julie Olson, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, the University of
Each candidate will
be guided by a graduate committee consisting of at least three members appointed
by the dean of the
Each student must complete
a minimum of 8 hours of graduate credit on the
Each student will undergo a preliminary examination prepared by the student's graduate committee and designed to be answered in about four hours a day over three consecutive days. The examination will be administered by the committee chairperson no later than the third semester of enrollment. Prior to the examination, it is expected that the student will discuss preparation and subject matter with committee members. Each student will participate in an interdisciplinary effort (e.g., cruise or field exercise) at some time during residence at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Each student, upon completion of the coursework and thesis, will present a faculty- and peer-review seminar on the thesis content. Additionally, the graduate committee will administer a final oral examination. The master of science in marine science degree requires at least 24 hours of graduate credit. Both Plan I and Plan II are acceptable. Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
The Marine Science Program cannot commit funds to prospective students. However, there are sources of fundsóboth within the University and at DISL. On campus, qualified students may compete for available departmental graduate teaching assistantships, when funds are available. Consideration is based on a combination of composite GRE scores and most recent degree GPA. Additional consideration may be given to students possessing special skills. At DISL, resident students may be supported by DISL fellowships or assistantships, faculty research grants or contracts, or extramural funding.
Courses in Marine Science (MS)
Most marine science courses are offered year-round at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The following courses are also available at the 400 level; students enrolling at the 500 level must complete additional work and may be required to participate in or conduct a research project, to be presented both orally and visually and accompanied by a written professional report.
MS 533 Coastal Zone Management. Two hours.
MS 553 Marine Botany. Four hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in a science and permission of the
Offered according to demand.
May deal with any marine science topic not covered by existing
courses. The credit hours and format are arranged as appropriate to
each topic. The specific course title is added at the time each
course is taught.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG