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Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering

With strong emphasis on the “Blue Economy,” the University’s School of Ocean Science and Technology will expand its curriculum to offer a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering, calling for the only ocean engineering degree in the state of Mississippi and one of only 10 programs in the nation.

Across Mississippi’s coastal counties, a high demand in ocean engineering finds specific needs in shipbuilding, maritime industry, offshore exploration, environmental monitoring, port operations, as well as in federal agencies.

The ocean engineering program will leverage the University’s strengths and facilities in ocean sciences and will help to meet the needs of a growing maritime technology workforce in south Mississippi.

Workforce needs include shipbuilding industries in Jackson County, ports and private maritime industry in Harrison and Hancock counties, Department of Defense and other federal agency needs at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Growth potential exists in the areas of ocean technologies, including sensor development, unmanned platforms and vehicles development and testing, maritime acoustics and optics for ocean mapping, and aquaculture technologies (offshore and onshore). 

The ocean engineering program will be housed at the University’s Gulf Park campus, and the pre-engineering components of the program will be available at both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses. Click for the full degree plan or course matrix

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering degree program, contact Dr. Jerry Wiggert, Associate Director for the School of Ocean Science and Technology, at 228.688.7097 or email Jerry.Wiggert@usm.edu.