Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection

The Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection (MSSEP) major takes environmental sciences to applied and practical levels.  MSSEP prepares students for a wide range of rewarding professional careers, on land and at sea, with many companies and agencies.  The MSSEP curriculum blends two related environmental disciplines, 1) environmental health and safety (EHS) and 2) environmental protection.  The program's breadth of coursework and practical experiences ensures you'll successfully transition from college to a career-track job.  An amazingly diverse array of career opportunities exists in this field.  There are pressing needs for professionals to work on global challenges such as environmental degradation, diminishing natural resources, increasing energy demands, green and sustainable development, climate change, and ever-increasing safety and environmental regulations. 

The MSSEP program, established in 1993, has a long and impressive history of placing its graduates into lucrative careers on land and at sea.  Nearly 800 MMA graduates have majored in MSEP.   Many MSSEP graduates have launched professional careers as environmental and safety officers at sea (on cruise ships, drilling ships, oil rigs, NOAA Corps, Coast Guard, etc.) and on land with numerous companies and institutions (such as Clean Harbors, Triumvirate Environmental, GE Nuclear, General Dynamics, L'Oreal Cosmetics,  Colgate-Palmolive, Hasbro Toys, Genzyme, major hospitals, State of Hawaii, etc.).  Career prospects are now brighter than ever with a robust job market for safety and environmental professionals.

Many MSSEP graduates have gone on to receive advanced degrees.  Dozens have received Masters degrees in either industrial health and safety or environmental sciences.  Several have received Ph.D. degrees and are now working in the field of marine research.  And several have received law degrees and now working in the field of environmental law. 

The MSSEP program requires students to complete at two co-op/internships, practical experiences that take place during summer or winter breaks. Freshmen MSSEP students will participate in a 12-day, sub-tropical marine ecology field course on the island of Bermuda during the winter break.  You can read more about this by clicking on the Freshman Experiential Learning Course link in the menu on the side of the page.  Sea-Term participation is not required for MSSEP students.

Some Examples of MSSEP Careers

  • Environmental and Safety Officers (cruise ships, oil rigs, Coast Guard, and many companies ashore)
  • Environmental Consultants and Remediation Specialists (with Clean Harbors, Triumvirate, Veolia & countless other companies)
  • Environmental Managers (EPA, MA DEP, CZM, etc.)
  • NOAA Corps Officers
  • Environmental Researchers (with Masters or Ph.D. degrees)
  • Environmental Lawyers (with law degrees)
  • Teaching at K-12 levels



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