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.

The Corning School of Ocean Studies has skilled and devoted faculty with a broad range of expertise. As a student in this department, you will benefit from their diverse academic and professional backgrounds, passion, and research fields. A shared interest in the science of the ocean has led them around the world and they enthusiastically share their interests through hands-on opportunities aboard MMA’s vessels, in labs, and in the classroom.

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  • Ellie Gellerson has research internship at Texas A&M (summer 2021)

    Senior Ellie Gellerson (Marine Science, 2022) spent her summer immersed in an REU (research experience for undergraduates) through Texas A&M University. Read More…

  • Phoebe Churney awarded several scholarships for dive work in Washington state

    Phoebe Churney (Marine Bio/SVO, ’23) was awarded a number of scholarships to help fund an internship this summer. Read More…

  • Prof. Jessie Muhlin on the MSF podcast!

    Associate Prof. of Marine Biology and Ocean Studies department Chair Jessie Muhlin was recently featured on the Maine Science Festival’s podcast series. Read More…


Maine Maritime Academy
The Corning School of Ocean Studies
Jessica Muhlin, Chair
Castine, ME 04420

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