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The University of Southern Mississippi Division of Marine Science (DMS) began in the mid-1980’s when the state assigned the university the leadership role in marine science. Initially called the Center for Marine Science, the division established multi-disciplinary graduate programs in marine science. DMS marine science degree programs (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) emphasize a cross-discipline approach in which all students obtain a working understanding of the four major fields of marine science: physical oceanography, geological oceanography, biological oceanography, and marine chemistry. This approach to educating competent marine scientists has been embraced by many of this nation’s most successful oceanographic institutions.
The division also offers an intensive M.S. program in hydrographic science. The hydrographic science program has received Category A certification from the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)/International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The FIG/IHO International Advisory Board is responsible for reviewing the “standards of competence” for hydrographic surveyors.
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