The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) plays an important role in marine-science education for a wide variety of audiences and age levels.

Graduate Program

VIMS offers graduate education in marine science through its School of Marine Science (SMS), a component of the William & Mary. Professors at VIMS also play a key teaching and administrative role in W&M's undergraduate marine science minor.

The School of Marine Science at VIMS provides quality education and scholarly research to students pursuing advanced degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in marine science. The program provides a fertile and stimulating learning environment in which students can pursue their studies. This is accomplished by providing a comprehensive program in the basic principles of marine science and marine resource management, and close interaction with faculty actively involved in research and management issues.


VIMS offers numerous internships for aspiring scientists at the college and high-school levels. These include

Teaching and Learning

The Marine Advisory Program at VIMS works closely with schools, businesses, government agencies, and individuals to provide information and guidance on a wide range of marine-related programs and activities. The Bridge, a web-based clearinghouse of the best online resources for marine science education, is developed and maintained by Sea Grant marine education specialists, and ChesSIE provides resources and information specifically for mid-Atlantic teachers.

Public Programs

VIMS and its federal partners offer a wide variety of free public programs, both on the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point and at venues throughout Hampton Roads and the lower Chesapeake Bay region.

Technical Training

VIMS offers several programs designed to meet the needs of Virginia's coastal decision-makers. The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at VIMS offers Tidal Wetlands workshops in the spring and fall for members of citizen Wetlands Boards. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERRVA) at VIMS offers a Coastal Training Program that promotes science-based decision-making and targets identified training needs.

Hargis Library

The William J. Hargis Library supports the educational mission at VIMS by providing physical and electronic access to a comprehensive selection of marine science literature. The library houses more than 88,000 volumes, 70,000 pages of scientific reports by VIMS and other agencies, and provides electronic access to marine literature worldwide.