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Marine Science Hydrography

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Marine Science Hydrography

Mapping the Ocean Floor

As a hydrographer, you'll board our research vessels to explore the depths of oceans and waterways, uncovering hidden secrets beneath the surface. Using advanced technology, you'll map underwater terrains, discover ancient shipwrecks, monitor environmental changes, or locate valuable underwater resources. Playing a pivotal role in safe navigation, historical preservation, and sustainable development.

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 Hydrography  Labs
 Cruises aboard USM Research Vessels
 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles 

What Will I Learn?

As you become proficient in hydrographic survey methods, you'll measure and describe the physical features of oceans and waterways. 

You'll learn about or engage in:

  • data analysis
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Hands-on experience aboard research vessels 
  • Hands-on Experience: With a focus on hands-on experiences, you'll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects alongside experienced faculty. These research projects often involve the use of advanced hydrographic equipment and technology, preparing you for real-world applications.
  • Pursuing a Masters: If graduating with a B.S Marine Science (Hydrograhy), you'll have an excellent pathway to continue your education and engage in advanced research through USM's Hydrographic Science MS program. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that builds on your undergraduate knowledge and provides specialized training in hydrographic science.

  • NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    • Role: Hydrographic Survey Intern
  • U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office
    • Role: Hydrography Intern
  • Private Marine Survey Companies
    • Companies: Fugro, Teledyne Marine, CSA Ocean Sciences
    • Role: Hydrographic Survey Intern
  • Government Agencies
    • Agencies: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
    • Role: Hydrographic Intern
  • Research Institutions
    • Institutions: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USM's own research labs
    • Role: Research Assistant
  • State and Local Government Agencies
    • Agencies: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Local Coastal Management Programs
    • Role: Marine Science Intern

Students enrolled in the USM Marine Science Hydrography Program can benefit from various scholarship opportunities, such as:

  • The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: Supports students pursuing oceanic and atmospheric science careers.
  • The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Scholarship: Aids those focusing on hydrographic surveying.
  • USM offers internal scholarships via the GO System, including the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Scholarships for marine science students. These scholarships provide significant financial assistance, allowing students to focus on their studies and research. They also offer networking opportunities, internships, and mentoring, enhancing students' academic and professional development in marine science and hydrography.

Career Opportunities

You'll have the option to pursue diverse and high-demand career opportunities, from mapping ports, harbors, and offshore areas for government agencies, offshore industries, marine research institutions, and private companies involved in navigation and maritime activities.

Upon completion, graduates earn the Internationally recognized IHO CAT B hydrographic certificate, which prepares you for careers in hydrography and marine science within government and private sectors. 



Calvin Martin

With over 36 years of experience, Calvin has led the U.S. Navy Fleet Survey Team, pioneering hydrographic innovations. Now dedicated to education, he inspires students through school visits and community engagement, emphasizing that success in hydrography is attainable for all.



Degree Plan Availability
Marine Science (Hydrography) BSGulf Park

Contact Us

School of Ocean Science and Engineering

Calvin Martin
Hydrographic Science Program Instructor
730 East Beach Boulevard

Long Beach, MS 39560

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Why Hydrography?

Heed the Call

  • Naval Hydrographer
    Naval Oceanographic Office
  • Unmanned Systems Operator
    Naval Oceanographic Office
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
    Government and Private Sector
  • Cartographer
    GIS Specialist Government and Private Sctor
  • Offshore Surveyor
    Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy