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

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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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 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.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

63 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.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Marine Science

Environmental Studies, BS

University of Southern Maine

SMCC Degree Program: Marine Science

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BS in Marine Science, Marine Biology Track

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Marine Science

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