Oceanography & Coastal Science (OCS)


OCS 1005 Introduction to Oceanography (3 credits)
An honors course, OCS 1006, is also available. The world's oceans, their origin and evolution; interactions between physical, geological, chemical, and biological processes in the marine environment; use and abuse of oceans.
OCS 1006 HONORS: Introduction to Oceanography (3 credits)
Similar to OCS 1005 with special honors emphasis for qualified students. Interaction of physical, geological, chemical, and biological processes of the ocean; effect of human activities.
OCS 1010 INTRO COAST ENV SCI (1.0 credits)


OCS 2007 INTRO MAR SCI GEO&PH (4.0 credits)
OCS 2008 Introduction to Marine Sciences: Life Processes (4 credits)
S 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Does not satisfy major field course requirement for students in natural science curricula. Also offered as BIOL 208 at Southern University in Baton Rouge . Life and environmental processes in marine and aquatic settings; their influence on coastal Louisiana.
OCS 2009 [Not Offered] Introduction to Marine Sciences: Geological and Physical (3 credits)
3 hrs. lecture; 1 hr. lab. Does not satisfy major field requirements for students in natural sciences curriculum. Geological and physical processes in marine and aquatic environments; their influence on coastal Louisiana.
OCS 2010 [Not Offered] Introduction to Waves and Beaches (3 credits)
Introduction to the physical and geological coastal oceanographic processes that shape the coastal zone; various coastal environment types; and coastal processes and human interaction with these environments.
OCS 2011 MATLAB COASTAL SCI (3.0 credits)
OCS 2050 [Not Offered] COASTAL SYSTEMS ECOL (3.0 credits)
OCS 2095 [Not Offered] Introduction to Mar ine Sciences (4 credits)
Su only Prereq.: introductory science course. Four weeks at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium coastal laboratories. Physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes in the oceans and coastal environments and their interactions; interrelationships of man and the marine environment.


OCS 3103 Global Environmental Cycles (3 credits)
Prereq.: CHEM 1201 and MATH 1550; credit or registration in BIOL 1201. Major hydrologic and elemental cycles on the planet, global change and processes, energy balance, including problems associated with climate, pollution, population, and resources.
OCS 3200 Hurricanes and Typhoons (3 credits)
Comprehensive introduction to hurricanes as a multi-faceted phenomenon; hurricane meteorology and climate variability, oceanographic response and coastal impacts, storm deposition, ecological effects, geological and historical records, and societal impacts and response.
OCS 3999 UNDERGRAD RESEARCH (1-6 credits)


OCS 4001 [Not Offered] Special Topics in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (1-6 credits)
V May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary.
OCS 4005 [Not Offered] Special Field Topics in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (1-6 credits)
Su only May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Variable number of weeks at Louisiana Universities' Marine Consortium (LUMCON) or Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).
OCS 4006 [Not Offered] WETLAND FIELD EXP (3.0 credits)
OCS 4010 [Not Offered] Marine Science for Teachers (4 credits)
Su only Four- week short course offered at various locations by Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Credit not applicable to a degree in marine sciences. Survey of the marine sciences; secondary and elementary school levels.
OCS 4012 Biology of Marine Vertebrates (3 credits)
Prereq.: 8 sem. hrs. of introductory zoology or biology with laboratory. Evolution, life history, ecology, and management of marine fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
OCS 4015 [Not Offered] Oceans to Estuaries I: Geology and Physics (5 credits)
F Prereq.: Two semester introductory courses in physics and geology, MATH 1550 and 1552. Major geological and physical processes and products within the world�s oceans, including the open ocean, continental margins, estuaries, and intertidal areas.
OCS 4016 [Not Offered] Oceans to Estuaries II : Chemis try and Biology (5 credits)
S Prereq.: CHEM 1201 and 1202, BIOL 1201 and 1202, MATH 1550 and 1552. Major chemical and biological processes within the world�s oceans, including the open ocean, continental margins, estuaries, and intertidal marshes.
OCS 4021 [Not Offered] Weather Analysis and Satellite Meteorology (3 credits)
F Diagnostic studies of surface and upper-air observational data using isoplething charts and satellite images to represent the state of the atmosphere over both land and sea; the use of satellite technology in weather forecasting including cloud identification, wind direction, storm development, and air quality.
OCS 4024 [Not Offered] Coastal Morphodynamics (3 credits)
Prereq.: MATH 1021, 1022, or 1023. Also offered as GEOG 4024. Basic morphodynamic processes operative along coasts; emphasis on modern coastal process response systems.
OCS 4030 Techniques of Research Presentation (1 credits)
F,S Pass-fail grading. May be taken for a max. of 2 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Guidelines for effective scientific seminar presentations.
OCS 4038 [Not Offered] SCIENTIFIC WRITING (2.0 credits)
OCS 4040 [Not Offered] Environmental Pollution Transport Processes (3 credits)
Prereq.: CHEM 1201, MATH 1550, and PHYS 2001. Application of fluid-earth physical principles to characterize pollutant dispersion and transport processes in atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial environments, particularly across the coastal zone.
OCS 4041 [Not Offered] Salt Marsh Ecology (4 credits)
Su only Prereq.: general plant biology and 10 semester hours of biology. Four weeks at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Botanical aspects of local marshes; plant identification, composition, structure, distribution, and development of coastal marshes; biological and physical interrelationships; primary productivity and relation of marshes to estuaries and associated fauna.
OCS 4052 [Not Offered] Phycology (4 credits)
Prereq.: BIOL 1202 and 1209. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. See BIOL 4052.
OCS 4090 [Not Offered] Marine and Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
F-O Prereq.: BIOL 2051 or equivalent. Also offered as BIOL 4090. Characterization and ecology of estuarine, open-ocean, and terrestrial microorganisms and the role these microbes play in cycling organic and inorganic compounds; microbial activity in biogeochemical cycles extreme environments and organic pollutants; indicator species; pathogenic bacteria and their transmission in the environment and seafood-related contamination.
OCS 4095 [Not Offered] Marine Field Ecology (4 credits)
Su only Prereq.: general biology, invertebrate or vertebrate zoology, introductory chemistry, and consent of instructor. Five weeks at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium coastal laboratory. Relationships of marine and estuarine organisms to environmental factors; interactions among organisms; ecological processes of energy and materials flow; field studies of communities and ecosystems of the Louisiana coastal zone.
OCS 4126 Chemical Oceanography (3 credits)
S See GEOL 4081.
OCS 4128 [Not Offered] Wetland Hydrology and Hydrodynamics (3 credits)
F Prereq.: MATH 1550, 1552, GEOL 1001 or equivalent. Basic surface water and ground water hydrology in wetland environments with an emphasis on hydrologic principles, application of hydrologic techniques to wetlands, and understanding of hydrodynamics in these ecosystems.
OCS 4164 [Not Offered] Deltaic Processes and Products (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. River delta formation and associated sedimentary processes with special emphasis on the Mississippi River delta and adjoining coastal, shelf-edge, and slope regions; comparisons of the Mississippi delta with other modern deltas.
OCS 4165 [Not Offered] Environmental Chemistry of Wetlands (3 credits)
F,O Prereq.: CHEM 2060 or equivalent. Transformations of pollutants and toxic substances that affect the solubility, bioavailability, fixation, and degradation of organic and inorganic substances in wetlands; emphasis on biological and physiochemical properties of wetlands that enhance this degradation and fixation.
OCS 4166 [Not Offered] Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessment (3 credits)
F,O Prereq.: one semester course in soils, biology or ecology or consent of instructor; 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Delineation of jurisdictional wetlands covering wetland soil chemistry, soil taxonomy, hydric soil indicators, hydrophytic plant communities, wetland hydrology; use and interpretation of federal and state wetland delineation procedures; field measurement techniques; wetland functions; functional assessment methodologies in wetland evaluation and mitigation.
OCS 4170 Physical Oceanography (3 credits)
S Prereq.: CE 2200 and graduate standing or consent of instructor. Physics of the ocean; with emphasis on dynamical problems; physical properties of sea water, marine instrumentation, flow dynamics in the earth's rotating coordinate system, water waves, general circulation.
OCS 4210 [Not Offered] Geological Oceanography (3 credits)
F Prereq.: two-semester introductory course in geology. Principles of marine geology; sediments and sedimentation in the marine environment from the near shore zone to the abyssal plain; geological effects of bottom currents; sea-level history; geophysical techniques; continental drift and sea-floor spreading; tectonic history of the oceanic crust.
OCS 4242 [Not Offered] WETLANDS & WATER QLT (3.0 credits)
OCS 4268 [Not Offered] ENV & NAT RES POLCY (3.0 credits)
OCS 4308 Plants in Coastal Environments (3 credits)
V Prereq.: one-semester course in biology or ecology; or consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; weekend field trips as needed. Also offered as BIOL 4308. Ecology of Louisiana's major coastal plant communities; emphasis on influence of environmental factors controlling plant distribution and productivity; physiological, morphological, and anatomical mechanisms aiding plant survival; man's impact on Louisiana's coastal plant communities.
OCS 4372 Estuarine Ecology (4 credits)
F Prereq.: graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Preparation of field trips; synthesis and presentation of data collected on field trips to coastal areas. Ecological processes in estuaries, shallow coastal waters, and associated coastal environments; training and field use of equipment required for estuarine research.
OCS 4410 Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis (3 credits)
F Prereq.: MATH 1552 and knowledge of a programming language. Mathematical description and analysis of ecological systems; emphasis on systems approach using matter and energy flow models for quantifying and analyzing interdependence and dynamics in ecosystems; linear flow models, dynamic nonlinear models, optimization models, stochastic models, and computer techniques for modeling, validation, sensitivity analysis, and parameter optimization.
OCS 4465 Coastal Zone Management (3 credits)
S-O Also offered as LAW 5803. Nonlaw students encouraged to participate. Written and oral presentation required; special projects relating to the primary field of interest permitted. Resources allocation and environmental quality issues in coastal and estuarine zones of the U.S.; evaluating alternative solutions to topical coastal zone issues; preparing legal devices for meeting the issues, such as legislation, regulations, contract provisions, and deed restrictions; traditional law courses in water law, environmental law, natural-resources law, and land-use planning.
OCS 4500 [Not Offered] Fisheries Acoustics (3 credits)
Prereq.: 8 sem. hrs. of introductory biology or zoology with laboratory; 6 sem. hrs. of physics. 1 hr. lecture; 6 hrs. lab and field work. Theory and application of acoustics in the study and assessment of living marine resources.
OCS 4550 [Not Offered] Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
S-O Prereq.: two-course undergraduate science sequence above 2000 level, or graduate student status in science department. Participation in oceanographic cruise is generally required. Biology of open oceans, continental shelves, and large river deltas.
OCS 4560 [Not Offered] Wetland Loss, Restoration, and Management (3 credits)
Prereq.: two-course sequence in science above the 2000 level. Participation in field trips to local wetlands and management agencies is required. Coastal wetland loss, restoration, and management; wetland values, use, and potential management issues.
OCS 4565 RESTORATION ECOLOGY (3.0 credits)
OCS 4600 [Not Offered] GLOBAL ENVIR CHANGE (3.0 credits)
OCS 4666 [Not Offered] Coastal Field Geology (4 credits)
Su only See GEOL 4666.
OCS 4999 [Not Offered] CAPSTONE CES (1.0 credits)


OCS 7001 Advanced Topics in Marine Sciences (1-6 credits)
V May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. when topics vary.
OCS 7010 [Not Offered] The Concepts of the Ecosystem (3 credits)
S-O Prereq.: one-semester course in ecology or consent of instructor. Structure, function, diversity, and succession of ecosystems viewed as a whole and as applied to major biomes.
OCS 7020 [Not Offered] Marine Microbial Ecology (3 credits)
S-O Prereq.: one-semester course in microbiology and consent of instructor. Also offered as BIOL 7022. Microbial ecosystems and population dynamics; response of marine microorganisms to physicochemical factors and environmental alterations; microbial interactions; nutrient regeneration processes; nutritional requirements and micro-environments; modeling and systems analysis in marine microbial ecology.
OCS 7028 [Not Offered] Numerical Modeling of Ocean Circulation (3 credits)
V Prereq.: OCS 4170 and ME 4563 or equivalent. Numerical modeling of ocean dynamics; numerical methods; parameterization schemes; review of state-of-art models.
OCS 7029 [Not Offered] COAST ECOSYST MODEL (3.0 credits)
OCS 7110 [Not Offered] Toxicology of Aquatic Environments (3 credits)
See ENVS 7110.
OCS 7112 Concepts in Marine Ecotoxicology (3 credits)
Prereq.: ENVS 7100 and 7110. See ENVS 7112.
OCS 7120 [Not Offered] Dynamical Oceanography (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. Dynamics of rotating, stratified, incompressible fluids with particular application to the oceans; conservations equations and boundary conditions, surface and internal gravity waves, vorticity, geostrophic adjustment, coastal trapped waves, Rossby waves, wind-driven ocean circulation.
OCS 7121 [Not Offered] Ecology and Management of Tropical Estuaries (3 credits)
Su Prereq.: 6 hrs. in marine ecology and consent of instructor. Two-week field trip/lecture at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Avancados in Merida, Mexico. 20 hrs. per week. Intensive field course concerning aspects of ecology and management of tropical estuaries; plankton systems, sea grasses, mangroves, benthos, nekton, and macroalgae; emphasis on human impact and management, global change issues, and use of modeling.
OCS 7122 [Not Offered] Gravity Waves in Shallow Water (3 credits)
V Prereq.: MATH 1550, 1552; PHYS 2101, 2102. Linear and nonlinear theories of water gravity waves considered by classical mathematical derivation and numerical methods; wave transformation in shallow water; characteristics of boundary layer under wave action; wave-related phenomena in near shore zone.
OCS 7123 [Not Offered] Oceanographic Data Analysis (3 credits)
F,S Prereq.: MATH 1550 and EXST 2055 or equivalent. Statistical techniques for analysis of oceanographic time and space series data; spectrum analysis; objective analysis; empircal orthogonal functions and Kalman filters.
OCS 7124 [Not Offered] Applied Coastal Plant Ecology (3 credits)
S Prereq.: 6 sem. hrs. in biology or environmental science. Field trips included. Students are responsible for paying for travel expenses associated with the course. Concepts of applied coastal plant ecology; field experiences in coastal habitat restoration and management; applied wetlands' functions, wet-land classification, evaluation and delineation; and environmental assessment monitoring.
OCS 7125 [Not Offered] Estuarine Dynamics (3 credits)
V Prereq.: consent of instructor. Wind-driven and mass-driven currents in estuaries, turbulence and mixing in estuaries, seiches, storm surges, internal waves, salt balance, and inlet flows.
OCS 7126 [Not Offered] Circulation and Mixing in Coas tal Waters (3 credits)
V Prereq.: OCS 4170. Mechanics of circulation in coastal currents; buoyancy driving, wind driving, coastal jets, long shore pressure gradients; physical conditions controlling hypoxia; classification of coastal currents; mixing and dispersion of pollutants and oil slicks for environmental management.
OCS 7127 [Not Offered] Dynamics and Sedimentary Response Features of Coastal Environments (3 credits)
Su-O Interactions between major dynamical forcing mechanisms and sedimentary-geomorphic responses in major types of coastal environments (deltas, sandy coasts, and coral reef coasts); variability of physical processes and corresponding response features.
OCS 7129 Global Climate Change and Wetlands (2 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. Impact of projected global climate change on stability and functioning of coastal and interior wetland ecosystems; feedback of biogeochemical changes in wetlands caused by climate change.
OCS 7130 [Not Offered] Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry (3 credits)
(F) Prereq.: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Concepts and laboratory principles for stable and radioactive isotopes, first-hand experience interpreting isotopic data, modern applications in oceanography and biogeochemistry.
OCS 7131 [Not Offered] Marine Geochemistry (3 credits)
S Geochemical processes in the marine environment, including water column geochemistry, pore water processes and interactions across the sediment-water interface, and early diagenesis; emphasis uranium-thorium decay series radionuclide applications in marine geochemistry.
OCS 7132 [Not Offered] Coastal Physical/Chemical Systems : Analytical Methods (3 credits)
F-O Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Sampling techniques; proper handling and preservation of samples; sample processing for analysis; application of spectroscopy and chromatography analytical instrumentation for the determination on nutrients, trace and toxic metals, synthetic organics (pesticides and industrial organics), and petroleum hydrocarbons in water, soil, and sediment samples; techniques presented in terms of application of analytical chemistry to environmental and natural systems.
OCS 7165 [Not Offered] Biogeochemistry of Wetland Soils and Sediments (3 credits)
S-O Same as AGRO 7165. Microbial and redox chemistry processes in fresh water, brackish water, and estuarine-flooded soils and sediments affecting the transformations of nutrients and toxic materials.
OCS 7170 Satellite Oceanography (3 credits)
F Prereq.: OCS 4170 or equivalent. Oceanographic measurements and observations using satellite-borne sensor systems; radiationocean- atmosphere interactions, satellite systems, sensor design, and data types; analysis of infrared, visible, and microwave data for deep ocean, coastal, and estuarine phenomena.
OCS 7175 [Not Offered] ENVIRONMENTAL OPTIC (3.0 credits)
OCS 7310 HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS (3.0 credits)
OCS 7311 [Not Offered] Marine and Estuarine Plankton (3 credits)
S-E Prereq.: background in ecology, invertebrate zoology, limnology, or phycology; and consent of instructor. Structure and function of marine plankton populations; changes related to various environmental factors such as temperature, nutrients, radiation, transparency, currents, and water-masses; phytoplankton, zooplankton and ichthyoplankton food webs, trophic dynamics and case studies; life history, and biodemographic features; sampling theory, collecting techniques, distribution, abundances, production, analytical models, and economic significance.
OCS 7317 [Not Offered] Marine Ecology (3 credits)
V See BIOL 7120.
OCS 7320 [Not Offered] Fisheries Oceanography (3 credits)
Also offered as RNR 7320. Relationships between marine fish abundance and distribution and nonanthropogenic physical and biological processes; spatial and temporal scales; analytical methods and sampling strategies; marine fish life histories as related to oceanographic processes; marine ecosystem.
OCS 7330 [Not Offered] PREP FOR FISH STUDIE (3.0 credits)
OCS 7335 FISH RECRUITMENT (3.0 credits)
OCS 7340 [Not Offered] POPULATION MODELING (3.0 credits)
OCS 7370 [Not Offered] Seminar: Theoretical Concepts of Ecology (1 credits)
S Prereq.: one-semester course in ecology or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Announced topics.
OCS 7431 [Not Offered] STOCK ASSESSMENTS (3.0 credits)
OCS 7432 [Not Offered] FISHERIES POLICY (3.0 credits)
OCS 7976 [Not Offered] Seminar in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Air-sea interaction, synoptic meteorology, tropical meteorology, geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interaction related to climate change.


OCS 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
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OCS 8900 Advanced Reading and Literature Research (1-6 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit.
OCS 8901 Advanced Field Research (1-6 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit.


OCS 9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
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