The Marine Science Center, often simply referred to as the MSC, is the marine research and educational facility of Northeastern University. Located on the peninsula at historic East Point in Nahant, Massachusetts, the MSC juts into the ocean just five miles north-northeast of the entrance to Boston Harbor.

Offering a pristine New England rocky shore habitat in close proximity to Boston, the MSC is a globally recognized center of marine science research and education.  Current research areas are described in the Research section.

The Marine Science Center is part of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences.  Marine-related degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Master of Science in Marine Biology, and a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology.  In addition, the Three Seas Program boasts a strong reputation of training the next generation of marine scientists at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Read about all the academic programs here.

The Outreach Program operates primarily out the former generator room of the John. B. Murphy gun battery in a space now known as the Bunker Classroom.  Current programs include a monthly lecture series, school visits, tidepool and other outdoor experiences on East Point, and the summer Coastal Ocean Science Academy. The Outreach Program also provides regional coordination services for the Metro Boston region of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program. Learn about the various outreach programs here.

Check out a couple of short videos about the MSC, one that features our genomics and robotics research and one focused on a graduate student’s perspective. Or, take a spin around the MSC and Nahant in one of the Helmuth Lab’s 360° virtual tours. The MSC was also featured on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” in 2014.

Please use the links on the left to learn more about the Marine Science Center or feel free contact us.

Note from the Director

A few words from Geoff Trussell, Director of the Marine Science Center and Chair of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences

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Marine Science Center

MSC History

At one time the Nahant Hotel existed on the property of what is now the Marine Science Center.

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OGL Research Area

Facilities Overview

The Marine Science Center has a wealth of research equipment and resources that support the diverse research programs of faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

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