Marine and Environmental Science Department
100 Queen Street
Hampton University
Hampton VA, 23664



Interim Chair:
Dr. Deidre M. Gibson

The Department of Marine and Environmental Science

The Marine and Environmental Science (MESC) academic program is one of excellence; the curriculum is rigorously constructed to prepare students for work and graduate study.  Over two five-year periods since 2000, the MESC has graduated more students than any other geosciences program nationally.  In the past ten years, 47% of MASC majors graduated with honors; 77% of these graduates went on to advanced degree programs.  Students not entering graduate school commonly pursue occupations directly related to the discipline such as NOAA, EPA, marine science education or consulting.  On campus, students benefit from external funds received to support our research vessel, R.V. Aquria, a fully networked Marine Science Building, including a student computer laboratory, a videoconference center for distance learning and seminars as well as classroom instruction, and state-of-the art research equipment.  The academic program of the Marine and Environmental Department is one of distinction and has produced highly-successful graduates who have entered an arena previously lacking diversity.

The Department of Marine Science offers:

An interdisciplinary major in Marine and Environmental Science is offered through the Hampton University Center for Marine and Coastal Environmental Studies, with the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Marine and Environmental Science. The major program is drawn from the disciplines of marine and environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, physics and mathematics. Students may transfer into the program at any time during the first two years of undergraduate training in another science major.

Students get:

  • Real world experience by getting hands on experience with professional tools.
  • Hands on interaction with Marine Wildlife.
  • Travel to nearby wildlife preserves such as the Cheasapeake Bay Wildlife Reserve.


The Department of Marine and Environmental Science will integrate and correlate the mathematic, scientific and communication skills necessary for successful completion of:

  • Courses in the general education sequence;
  • Requirements or required electives in the major area;
  • Related sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology).

The Department will promote ethical, honest and moral conduct, especially in the undertaking of scientific endeavors.


Upon the completion of required marine science and environmental science courses, the student will be expected to:

  • Synthesize principles and skills derived from the basic sciences in the application of the scientific method to problems relevant to marine and environmental science;
  • Review critically germane scientific literature, based on specific criteria;
  • Integrate extracted information from scientific literature;
  • Conduct field and laboratory investigations that will culminate in data analysis to include statistical hypothesis testing;
  • Demonstrate competency in presenting the results of field and laboratory investigations at professional meetings;
  • Successfully complete an internship at an external site by satisfying established requirements:
    • six-week minimum duration;
    • direct supervision and evaluation;
    • involvement in a variety of meaningful activities;
    • responsible performance of tasks and duties required; and completion of a final summary paper.