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Students first complete the required initial sequences in biology, chemistry, geology, physics and mathematics.
After that, you will begin working with more advanced topics in the fields of biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography, including regular access to world-class research vessels; professional training in the field methods of marine science; and conducting directed research as part of a student-centered senior thesis.
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available.
Southern Miss is one of only 16 institutions in the United States, and the only institution in the state of Mississippi, that offers an undergraduate degree in marine science (also known as oceanography). It is the only institution in the entire nation to offer a professional certification (Category B) in the Hydrography emphasis area.
The degree includes broad exposure to the physical sciences, specifically as they relate to ocean processes and the marine environment, which includes a cross-discipline curriculum in the applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and results in greater recognition from employers and the possibility of higher starting salaries.
Our marine science graduates are currently working as marine research scientists, technicians, project managers, meteorology & oceanography forecasters, U.S. Navy officers, fisheries and aquaculture scientists, and hydrographic surveyors; or furthering their studies in graduate school, pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the Geosciences.
The core curriculum series for all marine science majors, providing an introduction to each of the core disciplines of oceanography (biology, chemistry, geology, and physics).
A course designed to provide students with comprehensive training in the methods most appropriate for field research within the marine sciences, from experimental design to data analysis.
Expand your knowledge of the problems that affect the coastal and marine environment, and apply the scientific method and your critical thinking skills to explore solutions to those complex environmental problems within the context of the historical, social, political, and economic landscape as well.
An introduction to the science of surveying and charting bodies of water, including nautical charting surveys, surveys in support of port management and coastal engineering, and the production of digital maps of coastlines, the ocean floor, and submerged structures/features.
Explore the natural history and population ecology of cetaceans, including their life histories, distribution, population dynamics, diet and feeding, sound generation, social behavior, and evolution.
A practical, hands-on introduction to the principal instruments, devices, and systems used to measure important physical and chemical properties of the ocean, including pressure/depth, temperature, conductivity, and the speed of sound in the ocean.
The culmination of a cross-discipline, student-centered senior research project, incorporating skills and lessons learned from complementary coursework in Field Methods of Marine Science, Management & Analysis of Oceanographic Data, and the Senior Research Seminar. The end result is a professional research product that serves as a senior thesis, ready for publication.
Coordinator & Associate Professor, Marine Science
Favorite Course: MAR 310
Expertise: Ecosystem Modeling
Coordinator & Instructor, Marine Science
Favorite Course: MAR 423/L
Expertise: Marine Mammals/Bioacoustics
Coordinator & Instructor, Hydrographic Science
Favorite Course: MAR 412
Expertise: Hydrographic Science
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.