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.
  • 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 

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

     

    A 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. 

  • Some of our faculty
    • Dr. Greg Teegarden

      Professor of Marine Science, Environmental Science

      PhD, University of Rhode Island
      MS, University of Maine
      BA, University of Colorado

      Learn more about Greg

    • Dr. Mark Green

      Professor of Environmental Science

      PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
      MS, SUNY at Stony Brook
      BS, Allegheny College

      Learn more about Mark

    • Johan P. Erikson

      Associate Professor of Natural Science, Chair of Sciences

      PhD, Dartmouth College
      MS, Stanford University
      AB, Dartmouth College

      Learn more about Johan

    Dr. Greg Teegarden

    Professor of Marine Science, Environmental Science

    PhD, University of Rhode Island
    MS, University of Maine
    BA, University of Colorado

    Learn more about Greg

    Dr. Mark Green

    Professor of Environmental Science

    PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
    MS, SUNY at Stony Brook
    BS, Allegheny College

    Learn more about Mark

    Johan P. Erikson

    Associate Professor of Natural Science, Chair of Sciences

    PhD, Dartmouth College
    MS, Stanford University
    AB, Dartmouth College

    Learn more about Johan

  • Student Stories
    • Lane Hubacz ’09

      Lane Hubacz ’09 worked for Dr. Mark Green as an undergrad, assisting in his research. That led to a full time lab technician and research assistant position.

    • 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.

    • Sean Donnelly ’12

      Sean Donnelly ’12 spent one summer collecting post-Ice Age sand samples in Maine, along the Penobscot River, tributary streams, and even in gravel pits up north with natural sciences professor Dr. Johan Erikson.

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