Corning School of Ocean Studies

Welcome to the Corning School of Ocean Studies at MMA!

The Corning School was established in 1990 and has grown considerably since then. We are a group of faculty and students with a shared interest in the science of the ocean.

Ocean Studies students major in either Marine Biology or Marine Science, with the option to pursue a dual degree in Small Vessel Operations (a 5-year program). Students explore their individual interests through unmatched access to tools for scientific research in the marine environment, including boats, SCUBA certification and equipment, and laboratory and field equipment and instruments — all while situated on beautiful Penobscot Bay.

Please explore the menu on the left to learn more about our program. Also be sure to visit MMA’s undergraduate catalog for a full listing of our curricula, or go directly to the individual curriculum pages for each of the majors offered by the Corning School: Marine Biology, Marine Science, Marine Biology/Small Vessel Operations dual major, or Marine Science/Small Vessel Operations dual major. For a quick guide to the difference between the courses taken for a Marine Biology versus a Marine Science major, please take a look here.


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  • Prof. Jessica Muhlin participates in rockweed research

    Associate professor Jessica Muhlin (shown right in picture), who specializes in marine algae, has been working with University of Maine graduate student Hannah Webber to determine how harvesting rockweed affects marine ecosystems.Read More…

  • Jessica Lindsay
    Jessica Lindsay participates in NOAA cruise

    Jessica Lindsay completed a cruise from Newport, RI to Norfolk, VA this summer as part of her NOAA Hollings Scholarship award. You can read it more about it (and look for your own internship through the Career Center) on our Internships page.

  • Rachel Borisko and Brendan Kerivan awarded Quahog Bay scholarship

    Rachel Borisko and Brendan Kerivan were awarded scholarships from the Quahog Bay Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Harpswell, ME. The scholarships are in support of their senior research projects. Every Ocean Studies major is required to take a two-semester sequence of classes where they develop and execute an independent research project. Read More…