Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
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About This Program
The Marine Science program provides students with the academic background and applied skills necessary for employment as research assistants and technicians in a variety of aquatic and environmental fields. Graduates are also able to transfer their credits to other colleges and universities. 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, such as marine biology laboratories, state and federal marine resource agencies, state and federal environmental protection agencies, and water districts and pollution control facilities. Special attention is given to collecting and identifying a diversity of marine organisms, performing oceanographic sampling procedures aboard our own research vessel, and laboratory techniques using molecular biology, microbiology, and chemistry. Student research projects often address current topics such as harmful algal bloom or lobster shell disease.
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
- Invertebrate Zoology
- Marine Botany with Lab
- Ecology with Lab
- Fishery Science with Lab
Current Major-Specific Courses Available
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- Communicate effectively, using the language, concepts, and models of marine biology and oceanography.
- Define and solve problems independently and collaboratively using the methodology of marine biology and oceanography.
- Apply laboratory and field techniques with accuracy, precision, and safety.
- Interpret biological and oceanographic information accurately.
- Demonstrate proficient library, mathematical, and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
- Apply scientific concepts to environmental and societal issues.
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