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Department of Natural Sciences

  • The goal of the Department of Natural Sciences (DNS) is to graduate students who are well versed in their area of interest. It comprises five undergraduate academic areas: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Physics, with four-year Bachelor of Science degrees granted in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences. Teacher Education degrees are also granted in cooperation with the Education Department. Undergraduate research opportunities are available at a variety of internship sites. Both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are granted at the graduate level in USM’s Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (MEES) programs and in the UMES Toxicology Program.  In addition, DNS now offers an M.S. degree in Chemistry as well as a certified M.S. degree in Fisheries Economics and Resource Management.  

    DNS also has a number of educational  programs and facilities, including the CREST Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics, the Living Marine Resource Cooperative and Science Center (LMRCSC) and the Paul S. Sarbanes Living Marine Research Center.

    DNS has a diverse group of qualified faculty with an extensive research background.  The department's Doctoral Research Areas are very active.