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We are located at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC), the base of operations of more oceanographers and hydrographers than any other location in the world! SSC is a unique national resource with its complex of state, federal, and private-sector entities, which provides our students with research, collaborative, educational and employment opportunities second to none. SSC is home to major operations supported by agencies including:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), 
  • U.S. Navy, 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 

Our location at the Stennis Space Center (SSC) provides more than just an intellectual advantage. SSC's 139,000 acres is centered on the scenic Pearl River in a rural forested area rife with wildlife. The natural beauty of the area provides opportunities for nature hikes, boating, and fishing. SSC also houses a fitness club that everyone can join at a low cost. The SSC Recreational Association sponsors many recreational events such as springtime softball teams, a Mardi Gras krewe, a gun and archery club, a riding club complete with bridle paths, and a wildlife conservation club.

Although SSC is located 75 miles from The University of Southern Mississippi's main campus in Hattiesburg, DMS is an integral part of the University. In this respect, students at DMS enjoy all the rights and privileges accorded to their counterparts on the main campus. These include the use of libraries and computer centers, low-price admission to sporting and theater events, and other such common student services.


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