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Charting Our Coastal Future

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Coastal Operations will be a national leader addressing issues relevant to people in coastal and maritime settings. 

Coastal Future Pillars

Charting the Course

As we work to best position USM’s coastal teaching and research sites for future growth, we recognize that the ever-evolving nature of our coastal community requires us to push beyond traditional models to best support the education, business and industry needs unique to the region.

USM Gulf Park Campus Banner

Make strategic investments in support of the unique education and research needs of the coastal community

C Worker on Water

Strengthen existing programs that support local, regional, national and international demand

Gateway with Black-eyed Susans

Develop innovative new academic programs to meet the evolving needs of the coastal maritime sector

North Academic Building

Position our Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach to serve as a hub for academic instruction in key fields  

Marine Research Center

Continue to develop specialized operations that elevate innovation and research across the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast  

Oyster Seed Pile

Support opportunities unique to businesses, industries and government services that benefit from ocean and coastal resources

RV Point Sur

Address needs related to the emerging Blue Tech Economy

Marine Education Center Classroom

Advance our understanding of the distinctive features that define us as coastal communities

Tommy Munro at Sea

Improve the resilience of our coastal community