marine science safety and environmental protection student

Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection

Undergraduate Degree


The Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection (MSSEP) program focuses on environmental safety, marine science, and public health issues. Graduates are prepared for careers that tackle global challenges such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, environmental degradation, ever-increasing safety and environmental regulations, green and sustainable development, and increasing energy demands.

First-year cadets participate in a tropical ecology field course in Bermuda. Cadets study the complexity of the ecosystems while basking in the natural environment. They also have an opportunity to enjoy snorkeling and hikes through mangroves and tropical dry forests.

This program requires a six-week co-op/internship and a three-credit co-op, with opportunities in industries such as cruise lines, environmental compliance, consumer and industrial goods, federal agencies, and research institutions. 


As an MSSEP major, you will:

  • Engage in coastal and offshore field work
  • Explore scientific concepts using hands-on methods
  • Utilize technology critical for environmental and marine science
  • Apply practices in marine and industrial safety
  • Assess environmental and human health risks
  • Analyze coastal zones and associated management strategies 
  • Deliver presentations on complex topics within the marine science and the marine safety fields
  • Develop skills in technical and scientific writing

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Careers as environmental and safety officers at sea (on cruise ships, drilling ships, oil rigs, NOAA Corps, Coast Guard,) and on land with numerous companies and institutions; environmental consultants and remediation specialists, environmental managers, scientific research technicians, law enforcement, GIS professionals, and educators. Some of the careers of our graduates include:

  • US Environmental Protection Agency or State Department of Environmental Protection Department scientists and safety specialists.
  • NOAA Fisheries or State Division of Marine Fisheries scientists and safety specialists.
  • Environmental managers
  • Scientific research technicians
  • Law enforcement
  • GIS professionals
  • Educators

The experiential field course trains incoming MSSEP cadets in field methods and integrative problem solving related to ecological and environmental sciences at the world-class Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Students gain an understanding of the scientific method and apply modern scientific techniques in the field from hands-on experience in observing, collecting, and analyzing data through guided scientific excursions and laboratory work.


The Aquaculture and Marine Sciences Laboratory, along with several research vessels, provides onshore and at sea marine research project opportunities for all students. Underwater video mapping of eelgrass and shell beds, marine species culture and studies, or coastal stormwater outflows, are all being conducted to support regional environmental decisions.

  1. Understand the principal ecological, geological, and chemical characteristics of marine and coastal environments.
  2. Understand current environmental problems and risk to effectively manage marine resources, coastal zones, and hazardous materials. 
  3. Be able to utilize geographic information systems (GIS) for planning and management applications.
  4. Master practices in marine and industrial safety.
  5. Understand written and oral communication within the environmental profession. 
  6. Use the scientific method to construct and execute research projects in aquatic environments.
  7. Gain exposure to a career in MSSEP during cooperative experiences and internships.