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Marine Science, BS

Marine Science, BS2018-10-18T15:36:33+00:00

Bachelor of Science in Marine Science

OVERVIEW

Saint Joseph’s is the only liberal arts college in Maine, and one of the few small colleges in the Northeast, to offer a major in marine science.

Through independent study, internships, and senior research, students work on important local issues. From cataloging the diversity of Gulf of Maine waters, to studying the causes and effects of red tide outbreaks, or researching how the chemical environments affects juvenile clam survival (crucial to proper fishery management), the marine science program is making a difference today and developing the scientists and leaders of tomorrow.

At a Glance

  • College’s location in Standish, Maine, allows easy access to lakes, mountains, forest, and shore for field exercises and research opportunities.
  • Low student-faculty ratios, ensuring close interaction with professors.
  • Students become involved in research, preparing them for careers and graduate school.
  • Courses provide broad training needed for a career in science, but also numerous specialty courses for students to pursue individual interests.
  • Opportunity to enroll in the Environmental Science Semester, a semester-long, field-based education experience.

CURRICULUM

Marine science faculty members guide students through investigations of the geological, physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of ocean systems, and students also receive training on the fresh waters of Maine. A heavy emphasis on field work ensures that students will spend ample time learning the discipline in stimulating locations—the rocky coast, mudflats, estuaries, the sea floor, even the open waters of the Gulf of Maine. All faculty members are active in research, and student involvement is a key component. Collaborations with organizations such as Friends of Casco Bay and Portland Water District are also important aspects of how marine science majors learn in this program.

minor in marine science is also available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

minor in Sustainability Studies is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.

Environmental Science Semester

Started in the fall semester of 2014, the Environmental Science Semester (ESS) is a 9-week program for sophomore and junior environmental science and marine science majors enrolled at the College. The entire program, from date of launch through the last final exam and project, is off-campus with field-based projects and instruction in coastal Maine, Atlantic Canada, and aboard a schooner exploring the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine.

The ESS consists of four courses divided up into three segments. The four courses are climate change and glacial geology, marine ecology, oceanography, and field methods. The first three courses segmented, and field methods is spread out through all three segments.

The concepts behind the ESS are rooted in both experiential education and immersion education. Because students are taking a full load of courses during the ESS, they aren’t simultaneously trying to take courses in philosophy, math, history, etc., and can therefor better focus their attention on this particular field of study. Ultimately, the practical experiences gained through this program solidify understanding of complex processes and interactions, boost confidence, and result in a more marketable background for students’ future careers.

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Meet Our Faculty

SOME OF OUR FACULTY

Mark Green
Mark GreenProfessor
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
MS, SUNY at Stony Brook
BS, Allegheny College
Greg Teegarden
Greg TeegardenProfessor
PhD, University of Rhode Island
MS, University of Maine
BA, University of Colorado
Johan Erikson
Johan EriksonAssociate Professor, Chair
PhD, Dartmouth College
MS, Stanford University
AB, Dartmouth College

STUDENT STORIES

Olivia Marable
Olivia Marable’18

Saving Sea Stars: Olivia’s sea star propagation research internship at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.

Lane Hubacz
Lane Hubacz’09

Lane Hubacz shares his work at the cutting edge of aquaculture

“Not only are we helping to establish a sustainable food source, we can grow the business as much as we want to. That’s really appealing to me. I’m in it for the long haul.”

Noah Ebel
Noah Ebel'12

Noah Ebel ’12 was passionate about the sciences, to say the least. As an undergrad, he double-science majored with three minors.


STUDENT RESOURCES

Joe O’Reilly ’18 Researches Atlantic Surf Clams in Casco Bay

Joe spent the summer before his senior year of college researching growth rates of Atlantic surf clams off of Peaks Island. He received funding for this internship through the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), which is connecting interdisciplinary researchers along the coast of Maine to help advance sustainable farming of finfish, shellfish, and aquatic plants. Joe worked alongside aquaculture researcher Dr. Mark Green, a professor of sciences at Saint Joseph’s College. Joe wants to help bring more awareness of surf clams as a potential local food source for area restaurants, especially because they grew to market size within just one year.


CAREER MOVES

Explore how majoring in marine science can lead to a career in planning and conservation, environmental law, or field research.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION—FUNDED SCIENCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Learn more about how you might qualify for a scholarship in science.


EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Environmental Science Semester (ESS) – students spend the semester immersed in science, traveling from Nova Scotia to the White Mountains to the coast of Maine.

  • Life on the Islands of Maine
    October 15, 2018
    Following our second stay in Wells, we returned to Portland before catching the ferry for a week on Peaks Island in Casco Bay. Once on Peaks, we observed the changes in wave energy affecting the islan[…]

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  • Zonation in the Salt Marsh
    October 4, 2018
    Before heading back to the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, the gang stopped at Thompson’s Orchard for some fall festivities – apple picking and donut eating. In Wells, the salt marsh was an[…]

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  • Creatures and Waves at the Rocky Intertidal Zone
    September 26, 2018
    After our first adventure on a research boat studying the Damariscotta River estuary, where we observed how the salinity and mixing state of the estuary affects the diversity of zooplankton and phytop[…]

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