School of Marine and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Programs
The University of South Alabama School of Marine and Environmental Sciences offers
the below majors and minors for undergraduate students. The undergraduate program
is administered from the main campus in Mobile where introductory and core classes
for undergraduates will be offered. Most faculty are in residence at the Dauphin Island
Sea Lab, located about 35 miles south of Mobile. Within a short distance of these
locations are diverse habitats, including the Mobile Delta, Mobile Bay and Mississippi
Sound, numerous barrier islands, and open Gulf habitats.
The Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences is designed to address society’s growth
need for specialized understanding of the marine environment. Whether students are
excited about marine plants and animals or computers and technology, the marine sciences
program provides opportunities to explore coastal and ocean environments in whatever
ways interest them the most. Students are guided by a world-renown faculty with expertise
ranging from fisheries sciences to marine ecology to ocean physics. The marine sciences
bachelor’s degree prepares students for job opportunities related to the marine environment
in government, academic, commercial and industrial settings.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences is designed to
address the need for a broad understanding of the natural world and its interaction
with the demands of human development. Faculty consists of natural and social scientists
that have extensive experience working on issues in coastal environments as well as
working with communities to sustainably mitigate and manage interactions with them.
Students in this program gain an understanding of the science methodologies and applied
analyses, applying state-of-the-art field methods, instrumentation, and data analysis
to study the natural and human environment from an interdisciplinary systems perspective.
Students of any major can choose to minor in marine sciences. The minor is designed
to provide students the basic academic knowledge and field experience to apply the
skills they learn in their major field to questions in marine sciences.