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.

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  • Christin Wright
    MMA Ocean Studies graduate Cristin Wright accepted to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

    Cristin Wright, a 2017 graduate of the Marine Science/SVO program at MMA, was recently accepted to the School of Marine Science graduate program at VIMS. Cristin spent the summer of 2016 working at VIMS where she developed an interest in marine sediment and geological processes. Read More...

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    MMA Ocean Studies alumna Kristina Kelley to attend vet school

    Krisy Kelley (’15, Marine Bio) was recently accepted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada. Since graduating from MMA, Krisy has held a variety of jobs, including working as an animal care technician at Jackson Laboratories and a research assistant at Allied Whale.  Read More...

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    MMA students to intern at Boothbay Sea and Science Center

    Madison Reckman and Katelyn Smith, both MMA Ocean Studies sophomores, were recently offered instructor positions for summer 2018 at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center, a nonprofit that offers kids an opportunity to strengthen themselves and their community through the enjoyment of the sea.  Read More...