Associate Degree in Marine Science

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About This Program

The Marine Science program provides students with the academic background and applied skills required for employment as research assistants and technicians in a variety of aquatic and environmental fields. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on laboratory and field procedures. Skills learned are commonly used by professionals working for companies and organizations involved in aquatic research and ecosystem management. Special attention is given to collecting and identifying a diversity of marine organisms and performing oceanographic sampling procedures aboard our own research vessel. Students have service learning experiences in the southern Maine community and learn microbiology and chemistry laboratory techniques. Many graduates of the program have found employment with public and private marine biology laboratories, state and federal marine resource agencies, state and federal environmental protection agencies, environmental consulting firms, and water districts and pollution control facilities.

Your Degree Courses

Marine Science offers an Associate in Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Biology I & II with Lab
  • Chemistry I & II with Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Marine Botany with Lab
  • Ecology with Lab
  • Fishery Science with Lab
  • Elements of Nautical Science
  • Elements of Oceanography
  • Sea Time I/Advanced Seatime
  • Oceanographic Instrumentation
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

Interested in seeing some of the current major-specific courses being offered as a part of this degree program?

Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively, using the language, concepts and models of marine science.
  • Use a wide variety of laboratory and field techniques with accuracy, precision and safety to define a marine science issue, gather and interpret data, and draw valid conclusions.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

69 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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Transfer Agreements for Marine Science

Environmental Studies, BS

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Marine Science

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Marine Biology, BS

University of Maine Machias

SMCC Degree Program: Marine Science

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