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School of Ocean Science and Engineering

School of Ocean Science and Engineering

The School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) harnesses elements from key areas of The University of Southern Mississippi, including the Division of Marine Science (DMS) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss., and the University’s fleet of five research vessels, to create a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leader in marine science.

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Undergraduate Programs-Bachelor's degrees are offered in Hydrographic Science, Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.  Graduate Programs-Graduate degrees include M.S. and PhD in Coastal Sciences, Marine Science and Hydrographic Science.


Ocean Enterprise

Center for Ocean Enterprise Breaks Ground at the Port of Gulfport

Today, Nov. 8, 2019, Gov. Phil Bryant along with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), celebrated the groundbreaking of the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise located at the Port of Gulfport. The facility will serve as the centerpiece of research and development in the Gulf, further establishing the initiatives of the Governor’s Ocean Task Force and creating a unique maritime technology environment on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center