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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

Our coastal community, coastal presence, proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, and unique program offerings distinguish USM from other institutions of higher learning in the region. Anchored in three foundational pillars, USM’s Coastal Operations will move forward through realignment of programs, processes and structure. 

USM Gulf Park Campus Banner

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

C Worker on Water

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

Gateway with Black-eyed Susans

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

North Academic Building

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

Marine Research Center

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

Oyster Seed Pile

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

RV Point Sur

Addressing needs related to the emerging Blue Tech Economy

Marine Education Center Classroom

Advancing our understanding of the distinctive features which define us as coastal communities

Tommy Munro at Sea

Improving the resilience of our coastal community