Department Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Department of Marine Science is to provide high quality education in the multidisciplinary field of marine science. With faculty actively involved in research, the Department embraces the teacher-scholar model and provides active learning experiences in the classroom as well as in field and research opportunities. Research both engages students with current applications and ideas and trains students to evaluate scientific ideas and pursue scientific studies. Students completing the program will have an understanding of the major concepts and applications of marine science and skills in critical thinking, use of technology, and scientific communication. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for their pursuit of advanced degrees or employment in marine science-related fields.
Within a liberal arts educational setting, the Department teaches about the active application of the scientific method and marine science concepts to produce scientifically literate citizens. At the graduate level, the Department advises and mentors future scientists and professionals. In the broader community, the Department undertakes basic and applied research to improve scientific understanding, serves as a source of scientific expertise, and enhances marine science education.