The Faculty of Marine Sciences (FMSC) is an interdisciplinary unit. As such, it draws faculty and student participation from a number of many other academic units of the university units. The faculty's mission is to provide academic leadership in marine sciences; its goals are to:
• Provide an excellent education and an interdisciplinary curriculum, emphasizing theoretical concepts of how ocean processes function, critical research thinking, independent research and hands-on technical and field training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Provide effective undergraduate and graduate programs, emphasizing critical thinking and independent research, that prepares students for successful careers in science, education, technology and public service, and allow them to pursue careers in industry, government, and academic settings.
• deliver innovative, excellent instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
• conduct high quality scientific research and effectively communicate research results, through publication and presentation, to both academic and public audiences;
• extend technical assistance in addressing marine sciences-related issues and concerns;
• Address regional, national and international issues and concerns.
• addressing important scientific questions related to the nature, use, development, protection, and enhancement of marine resources,
• applying technologically-advanced approaches to field, laboratory, and analytical problems,
• Providing consultative assistance to practical marine problems and marine policy.
Because our instructional emphasis is on teaching and training BSc and M.Sc. students, a broad range of introductory and undergraduate courses are offered for students interested in the field. Most classes are taught in main campus during the school year; however, some practical classes, labs and field work are offered at the Marine Sciences Station in Aqaba City.
Since research is an integral part of teaching, especially at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels, our faculty members maintain active research programs throughout the year. Graduate students and a selected number of undergraduate students will be allowed to participate in faculty-directed research projects, often receiving financial support from grants.