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.

Dr. Steven Baer in Arctic

Special Summer Project

Incoming Professor of Marine Science Dr. Steven Baer is cruising in the Bering Sea this summer with the Arctic Shelf Growth, Advection, Respiration and Deposition Rate Measurements (ASGARD) project before he begins teaching in the fall. You can follow Dr. Baer’s adventures and learn more about the mission of his cruise by reading his blog.

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  • 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...

  • Maggie MacMahon receives Sea Grant award

    MMA Ocean Studies student Maggie MacMahon recently received a Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Science for the 2018-2019 academic year. The award, given by the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, both financially supports exemplary students in marine science and engages them in a statewide cohort of Sea Grant-supported […] Read More...

  • Jessica Lindsay
    Jessica Lindsay accepted to the NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholar Program

    Jessica Lindsay, Marine Bio/SVO ’20, recently was awarded the prestigious NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship includes academic assistance, a full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility, and funding to attend conferences for presenting research results. Read More...