Stennis Space Center Teaching Site
Department of Marine Science
The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) began in the mid-1980’s when the state assigned the university the leadership role in marine science. DMS marine science degree programs (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) emphasize a cross-discipline approach in which all students obtain a working understanding of the four major fields of marine science: physical oceanography, geological oceanography, biological oceanography, and marine chemistry. This approach to educating competent marine scientists has been embraced by many of this nation’s most successful oceanographic institutions.
Departmental faculty cover a broad sweep of marine and environmental research interests. The department’s research interests cover a broad spectrum of marine sub-disciplines ranging from physical oceanography and data assimilation to ocean optics, marine coastal sedimentary processes, and micropaleontology, ocean productivity, geochemistry and trace chemical analysis, hydrographic science, coupled physical-biogeochemical modeling, development/application of ecosystem models, and remote sensing.
Center of Higher Learning
The Center of Higher Learning is a consortium of three universities and one community college which provides a coordinated multi-university approach for interdisciplinary education. CHL is the one-stop location at Stennis Space Center to assist with educational opportunities, training classes and other workforce development needs. The affiliated educational entities include: