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Studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Do you consider yourself a precise, scientific, and intellectual person? Are you drawn to activities where you work with numbers or machines? Do you want to use mathematics, science, and technology to solve problems and shape the future? If this sounds like you, explore our opportunities and see what it means to be a Golden Eagle.

Explore Programs

Damien Cooper

Meet Damien Cooper

B.S. in Chemistry,  Dr. Matthew Donahue's Lab | American Chemical Society Scholar

As a student at USM, I am able to thrive in an environment where I am supported by both my peers and faculty. With being a chemistry major, the ease of being able to participate in research on campus has also been a defining factor in my development as a student and my future career.

Learn by Doing

Find yourself actively participating in faculty-mentored research, seminars, and activities beyond the classroom. From designing and constructing a building to addressing today’s challenges through research and field-based experiences, here you will explore!


Leila Hamdan

Meet Dr. Leila Hamdan

Professor in Coastal Sciences | Molecular Microbial Ecologist Exploring Shipwreck Ecosystems 

I involve my students in research of invisible life in the deepest parts of the ocean. What I love the most about exploring with undergraduates is being there with them during their first expeditions on research vessels, solving problems, improvising and forging bonds with other shipmates that can last for decades. 


We proudly boast a vibrant community of alumni that are soaring across industries and working at companies around the world. Here are some recent graduates.

Sarah Rubelowsky

Meet Sarah Rubelowsky ’17

B.S. in Biological Sciences | College of Veterinary Medicine | Mississippi State University

During my time at USM, I had the best mentors who challenged me and genuinely wanted to see me succeed. Research is hard, but when your mentor is willing to sit with you and draw diagram after diagram until you fully understand those challenging concepts, that is something you don’t forget and will always appreciate.

Song Zhang

Song Zhang ’21

B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering

Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Engineering
Stanford University
Santa Clara, California

Maggie Capes

Maggie Capes ’20

B.S. in Mathematics Education and minor in Music

Mathematics Educator
W. P. Davidson High School, Mobile County Public School 

Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson ’18

B.S. in Construction Engineering

President, Jackson Brothers Construction Services
Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana

Emily Stahly

Emily Stahly ’21

B.S. in Forensic Science, M.S. in Criminal Justice

Paraprofessional, Saraland Middle School
Saraland, Alabama

Interesting Courses

Did you know over 2.8 K courses are offered in an academic year in STEM? Here is a sampling of courses that might spark your interest.

Elasmobranch Biology

Elasmobranch Biology

COA 422 

Be introduced to the diversity of Elasmobranchii (sharks, skates, and rays) and learn how to identify species. You will get to participate in several inshore and offshore collecting trips as well as dissections.

Cryptography and Cybersecurity

Cryptography and Cybersecurity

CSC 418 

Learn about the process of protecting personal information and making it safer for users to send messages over public spaces without unwanted cyber threats.

Crime Scene Documentation Course

Crime Scene Documentation

FSC 445

Participate in the processing of a crime scene, including crime scene photography, sketching of the crime scene and collecting and processing evidence.

Spatial Analysis Modeling

Spatial Analysis and Modeling

GHY 418

Engage in learning about the concepts and applications of raster based analysis technique in GIS, as well as spatial statistics and spatial modeling.

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