Hancock Biological Station - Summer Program

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.

2014 Summer Class Schedule
A PDF version of the summer courses may be downloaded here.

May 27 – June 27
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 Ecology Susan Hendricks
An introduction to the basic principles and concepts pertaining to environmental systems. Emphasis is placed 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

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. Monday & Thursday

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.)

BIO 596 Field Studies in Ecology – Kentucky Lake Todd Levine
The course will focus on the biology, ecology, and management of Kentucky Lake in the western Kentucky landscape. The location of HBS on the shore of Kentucky Lake provides a unique opportunity to study the largest reservoir in the eastern US up close. Topics will range from water chemistry to fisheries, to dam management to the effects invasive species. Tuesday and Friday

BIO 506/606 Advanced Field Biology Ed Zimmerer
This course is for people who wish to learn how to identify living organisms and their functions in the environment. Course work will include the use of keys, field identifications, and analysis of local habitats as well as understand how the species are distributed in the environment. Techniques for teaching about nature will be highlighted. The course emphasizes habitats and species from this area and prepares people to become good naturalists and teachers. Wednesday & Saturday

Designed for undergraduates who wish to do directed independent research in an area of field biology. A staff member must agree to direct the research. (1 to 4 hours credit may be taken). Time and days arranged

Designed for graduate students who wish to do directed independent research in an area of field biology. A staff member must agree to direct the research (1 to 4 hours credit may be taken). Time and days arranged

call (270) 809-2272 or email the administrative assistant.