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The University of South Alabama offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in marine sciences with specializations in biological, chemical, and physical geological disciplines. The program is designed to provide a formal course of training and advanced research in the marine sciences that produces significant, original contributions to the field. 

The Masters and Doctoral Programs in the Marine Sciences are located on the main campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama and at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

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Description of the Program
Alabama's coastaline is small, but the drainage system into Mobile Bay provides nutrients to one of the nation's richest estuarine environments and adjacent Gulf of Mexico waters. As a result, south Alabama is heavily dependent on a productive well managed coastal region for its continued economic growth and prosperity. The University of South Alabama, cognizant of this natural asset, has developed a graduate program in the marine sciences that is both applied and theoretical. Both, the Master's and the Ph.D. degrees are offered, with emphasis in biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography. There is also a strong component of marine and coastal resource management. The program is administered through the Department of Marine Sciences. Degrees are multidisciplinary, required coursework in diverse areas of marine sciences, and are strongly research oriented. However, research is focused, problem oriented, and often with a strong field component.

The program is administered from the main campus in Mobile, but most students and 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, including the De Soto Canyon. Thus there are countless opportunities to pursue marine research in these varied habitats, as well as experimental research in any of the several well equipped laboratories in the Sea Lab or on the main campus.

The University of South Alabama (USA) and the City of Mobile:
The University is a state supported institution located in the historic southern port city of Mobile.
USA opened in 1964 and now has an enrollment of over 12,000 in the Undergraduate School, the Graduate School, and the College of Medicine.

Mobile is the original home of Mardi Gras, a celebration of parades, parties, and balls held during the two weeks before Ash Wednesday. On Mardi Gras Day, the entire city, including the University joins in the festivities. The Senior Bowl is another nationally recognized event that is held each January. Mobile also hosts the American Young Women of the Year competition.
A moderate climate makes Mobile one of the finest recreational areas of the South. The beautiful beaches of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico are a short drive from the University. Mobile is known as the Azalea City because of the lovely coastal flowers.

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The greater Mobile area includes a population of approximately 450,000 and provides a low cost of living with the advantages and conveniences of a large city while maintaining a small town atmosphere with Southern hospitality.




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