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Summer Program At HBS

Program Description

Field courses:Courses in the summer session are designed to provide in-depth and concentrated study of biological topics. Because we promote close faculty-student interactions, enrollments are often limited, and some courses fill quickly. Therefore, early application is encouraged.

Students may take 2 courses in the regular 5-week session or 1 course in the short 2-week session. Students should indicate the first and second course choices for each session, but all efforts will be made to place students in desired courses. A maximum of 8 semester hours can be earned in the regular summer session. Students planning to take research credits must make arrangements with and have approval of a summer or MSU faculty member prior to enrollment.

Admissions: Graduates, undergraduates, postgraduates, and others interested in field biology are encouraged to apply for admission to the summer program. Courses at the Hancock Biological Station are considered part of the summer session of Murray State University and may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Students must register through the University. Tuition remains among the lowest of any biological station in the country. Credit hour fees are the same as for courses taken on campus. Students from the Tennessee counties of Obion, Weakley, Henry, and Stewart are considered in-state and pay the same tuition as Kentucky residents. Students from universities other than Murray State planning to transfer credits for courses taken at the Station should obtain approval in advance from their home institutions.

Undergraduates should have had at least two previous courses in college level biology. Students wishing to apply credits earned in Station courses toward degrees at Murray State University must be admitted to the University prior to enrollment. Application forms for admission to the graduate program may be obtained here or from the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky 42071.

Station Use Fees: Station housing fees are reduced for those students residing through a session. Fee schedules for non-class use of boats, other major equipment items, living space, and laboratory space are available upon request from the station administrator.

Scholarships: Summer fellowships are available through the Ecological Consortium of Mid-America for students from member institutions. The Biological Station awards a limited number of summer fellowships for summer students. All awards are made on a competitive basis. Information on fellowships can be obtained by writing or calling the Station. Students living at the Station and willing to work 5 hours per week will have the lodging fee waived.


Student Cabins: Housing is available in the student cabins on a first come first serve basis at $5.00 per night ($100.00 for 5-week summer session). Lodging for more information about lodging in the cabins.

Meals are not provided, but student residents usually form a cooperative and prepare their own meals in the Station kitchen. Camping sites are available adjacent to the Station for those who wish to bring tents or trailers. Camping and fires are not allowed on the Station property.

Lodging and board are available on the Murray State University campus 15 miles from the Station. Information on campus housing may be obtained by contacting the Housing Office at MSU Campus Housing or by calling (270) 809-2310.


2015 Summer Class Schedule
A PDF version of the summer courses may be downloaded here.
 

 

5-WEEK REGULAR SESSION COURSES
May 26 – June 29
All courses carry 4 credit hr

Summer courses are designed for college level students and others who wish to better understand their environment.

BIO 330 Principles of Ecology     Tim Spier
An introduction to the basic principles and concepts relating to environmental systems. Emphasis is on community ecology. Much of the course is devoted to field observations and experimentation. The course is aimed primarily at undergraduate Biology majors but is open to others. Tuesday & Friday (First day of class is May 26, Last day of class is June 26)

BIO 578/678 Conservation Field Biology    Heather Passmore
The conservation of life and habitats. The course highlights modern empirical and theoretical studies of the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity, endangered species, and habitats.  Monday & Thursday. (First day of class is May 28, Last day of class is June 29)

BIO 514/614 Scanning Electron Microscopy     Karla Johnston & David White
The theory, principles and applications of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). After a predetermined number of instructional hours, the participants are expected to successfully complete a test that measures competency in SEM operation, specimen preparation, and remote operations. The course includes remote operations where researchers and teachers have access to the microscope for use in their own labs or classrooms. The course is limited to a maximum of 5 students. Days and times arranged.

BIO 553/663 Field Botany     Richard Abbott
A survey of the plants of western Kentucky and surrounding states. Emphasis is on field identification of common species, use of keys, collection and preparation of specimens, and general plant ecology of the region. Wednesday & Saturday (Dr. Abbott is a visiting scholar from the Missouri Botanical Garden) (First day of class is May 27, Last day of class is June 27)

BIO 586/686 Limnology   Michael Flinn
The study of freshwater environments, including the interrelationships of the physical, chemical, and biological features of lakes and streams.  Tuesday & Friday (First day of class is May 26, Last day of class is June 26)

 
 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
call (270) 809-2272 or email the administrative assistant. Email addresses for summer faculty may be found here.


Last Updated on December 19, 2014
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