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Marine Biology Courses (MB)

Offered at Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) only Courses are offered during the summer semester only. Since course offerings change, check the current DISL summer bulletin for specific course offerings and descriptions and contact the Marine Biology Adviser at Troy.

The courses listed below are taught at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in the summer only. The faculty members are recruited from many colleges and universities within and outside Alabama. The courses are identified by an MB prefix.

All Marine Biology courses for graduate students have the prerequisites of General Chemistry and Ecology, or the equivalents.

MB 5502

Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4)


A study of the natural history, systematics, and morphology of marine invertebrates from a variety of habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Participation in extended field trips is part of the course.

MB 5503

Marine Vertebrate Zoology (4)


A study of the biology of marine vertebrates emphasizing systematics, behavior, physiology, and ecology of local forms.

MB 5504

Marine Botany (4)


A general survey of algae and vascular plants associated with the marine and estuarine environment.

MB 5510

Introduction to Oceanography (4)


A general introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the oceans.

MB 5519

Marine Aquaculture (2)


Techniques in live animal culture with an emphasis on basic principals that can be applied to the culture of any organism for research, display, or commercial profit.

MB 5523

Marine Ecology (4)


Lecture and laboratory studies of bioenergetics, community structure, population dynamics, predation, competition, and speciation in marine ecosystems.

MB 5528

Shark and Ray Biology (2)


An introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques.

MB 5532

Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles (2)


An overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles, including identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, and feeding ecology.

MB 5538

Coastal Wetlands Ecology (4)


The course will focus on coastal and near shore wetland areas, with an emphasis on the biogeochemical processes that occur within.

MB 5560

Introduction to Neurobiology (4)


The study of the structure, development, physiology, and pharmacology of the nervous systems and sense organs. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.