- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi is launching this fall its new undergraduate program to train hydrographic surveyors.

Fall classes begin in August.

Hydrographic science, in its simplest terms, involves measuring the depth of the ocean at various points to map the bottom so that ocean-going vessels don’t run aground.

The 124-credit-hour program in hydrographic science is an option for the existing bachelor of science degree program in marine science at USM’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

USM has offered a post-graduate program in hydrographic science since 1999 with 161 students completing degree requirements, including 32 international students from 24 different countries. Another 13 students will earn master’s degrees in hydrography in July.

The hydrographic surveyor also explores for the minerals, measures currents, tides and waves while observing the ocean environment.

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