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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.
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.
A minor in marine science is also available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.
is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.
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’
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Associate Professor, Chair of Sciences Dept.
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.
Hubacz ’09 worked for Dr. Mark Green as an undergrad, assisting in
his research. That led to a full time lab technician and research
Ebel '12 was passionate about the sciences, to say the least. As an
undergrad, he double-science majored with three minors.
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
Find your place at our 474-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake. With more than 40 academic programs to choose from, and a robust extracurricular club and athletics environment, Saint Joseph’s home on the lake is the perfect place to prepare for your future.
Offering distance education for learners of all ages since 1976, Saint Joseph’s online programs include certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees—academic levels that suit your level.
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