Marine Biology Students In Alabama Offered Hands-On Learning Opp Marine biology students in Alabama are in for a treat this summer if they take the Dauphin Island Sea Lab up on the offer to gain some really valuable learning experience on the Gulf of Mexico and up close and personal. The Sea Lab offers both graduate and undergraduate marine biology students the chance to participate in three separate summer programs. There is a two week session in May, a five week session in June and a five week session in August. The May summer session offers seven courses that cover Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles to Shark and Ray Biology with a lot of interesting topics covered between, Students accepted to the first summer session have eleven classes to choose from covering subjects like Coastal Geomorphology, Intro to Oceanoraphy and more! There are thirteen classes offered during the second summer session. Students can look forward to diving into classes covering Marine Aquaculture and Scientific Diving just to scratch the surface. “What we can provide for people is the hands-on experience. You can sit on campus, and you can find all kinds of beautiful things on the Internet and look at them. What we can do is put people out in water and let them see these animals up close and personal,” said Ken Heck, Chair of the University Programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, according to The Flor-Ala. Not a marine biology major? No problem! The Sea Lab extends this awesome opportunity to all students no matter what degree they are earning as long as they are attending a college or university in Alabama. Heck continued, “It was set up that way on purpose to avoid having every university with a marine lab in a state that has a small coastline. You can come away with a really broad knowledge by the time you finish these classes. What I think we can do in one or two summers is teach them an awful lot about the Gulf of Mexico and the animals in it work together.” Many of Alabama’s marine biology students are required to complete four credit hours at the Sea Lab as it is, so this opportunity comes in quite handy. Students can spend some time in the sun and sand while working towards meeting their degree requirements. They can then come away from their time at the Sea Lab with hands-on experience, credits banked and a tan. Sounds like a total win, right? The deadline for priority registration has already passed, unfortunately. However, students are still able to submit their applications to the Sea Lab until May 18. Hurry up and get those applications in guys and gals!