B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees
Marine Science is a multidisciplinary field focusing on the study of oceanic processes. Research and training in the Marine Science degree programs involves physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanography along with remote sensing, ocean acoustics, and numerical modeling. We have active research projects in coastal and open ocean, large lakes, and riverine and coastal wetland settings, and those that focus on issues including climate change, biofuels development, environmental quality, hypoxia and carbon cycling.
Hydrographic Science is the science of measuring and depicting those parameters necessary to describe the precise nature and configuration of the seabed, its geographical relationship to the land mass, and the characteristics and dynamics of the sea. These parameters include bathymetry, the precise location and identification of hazards to navigation, tides, currents, waves, physical properties of sea water, geology and geophysics.
Biological Oceanography or Marine Biology?
Students interested in ocean processes, biomass distributions, bio-optics and primary productivity should consider our Marine Science programs. Students interested in the biology of specific marine organisms may wish to consider other USM degree programs in the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Coastal Sciences.