Since 1994 many undergraduate students working in my lab and/or the Fish Collection have received class credit hours for their efforts via enrollment in this class. We continue to offer this to motivated and enthusiastic students. Propose away, or we always have research projects waiting to be done.
I co-taught this class with Drs. Chris Bell (Geosciences) and Travis LaDuc (Biodiversity Collections) for many years. It was basically an introduction to Natural History Collections and their values and role in society, with discussions and tours of all major UT collections with natural history specimens. It was taught annually from 1998 - 2009 in 2 forms (freshman/sophomore and junior/senior and graduate students). We hope to resurrect something similar in the not too distant future.
Natural History Museum Science (Junior, Senior and graduate level) - Fall 1998 to 2004 (annually); every other year 2005-2009 (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio471g/)
The Science of Wonder: Natural History Museums (College of Natural Sciences, freshman seminar version of BIO471G) – every other year Fall 2004-2008
I really enjoyed teaching this UT Study Abroad Program field class based at the Australian Museum's Lizard Island Research Station in 2008-2009.
With the Fish Collection at the Pickle Campus without facilities for teaching, this class taught spring 1994 to 2006 is no longer offered. With luck, we hope to have new teaching labs and a new Collection facility at Brackenridge Field in the not too distant future and this class will hopefully start up again.