Stennis Space Center Teaching Site

Space Shuttle Main Engine test at Stennis Space Center

Department of Marine Science

Phone: 228.688.3177

The University of Southern Mississippi Division 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.

Division faculty cover a broad sweep of marine and environmental research interests. The division’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

Phone: 228.688.7662

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:

  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Mississippi State University
  • The University of New Orleans
  • Pearl River Community College