About the Department

The R/V Hugh R. Sharp is equipped with multirosettes which are used to take water samples at different depths and to measure physical and chemical parameters.
Contact and Location:

School of Marine Science & Policy


204 Cannon Lab
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958

Most Department staff continue to work remotely. While we are not in the office, we are still available to help. A dedicated Zoom room is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Authenticated UD users can access the Zoom room at: https://zoom.us/my/smsp.office. Non-UD users will need to email for an appointment. To make an appointment for a zoom conversation outside of standard hours, email smsp-office@udel.edu.

The mission of the School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP) is to advance knowledge and education critical to the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

Housed within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the school has an internationally recognized faculty and offers exciting educational and research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our curriculum is multidisciplinary, and students are encouraged to explore areas outside of their own specialties. 

From the classrooms and labs at our campuses in Newark and Lewes, to field work throughout the state, region, and worldwide, our faculty and students are connected in active and engaging learning environments. In addition to formal coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research on critical earth, ocean, environmental, and atmospheric topics under the guidance of distinguished faculty.

Oceanography studies in the field aboard a reseach vessel using unmanned underwater robots

Degrees in Marine Science and Policy 

Masters degrees are offered in marine policy, marine studies (marine biosciences, oceanography, physical ocean science and engineering), and ocean engineering. Students interested in doctoral programs can pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Studies, Ocean Engineering, or Oceanography. Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor’s degree in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Biology or Oceanography. 


The School of Marine Science and Policy offers many state-of-the-art research facilities for faculty and students at both the Newark and Lewes campuses. Learn more about tools like the Global Visualization Laboratory, the Robotic Discovery Laboratories and our Marine Operations.

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TIDE Camp students learn about autonomous unmanned vehicles, robots that operate underwater.


Graduate students and faculty at the School regularly provide outreach to local schools, tour groups, and other members of the public, often in cooperation with the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. We also offer summer opportunities for high school and undergraduate students. Activities include classroom instruction, discussions, lectures, lab visits, as well as research field excursions. The annual Coast Day event, held the first Sunday in October, is the largest outreach effort of the School, reaching thousands of people each year.