Corning School of Ocean Studies

OPEN POSITION: Visiting Sawyer Professor of Coastal and Marine Environmental Science

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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  • Maggie MacMahon receives Women Divers Hall of Fame award

    Maggie MacMahon, a junior in the Marine Bio/SVO program, was recently awarded the Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarship! Of the award, Maggie says: “The Women Divers Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of women divers to the world. Read More…

  • Ocean Studies Professor Lauren Sahl to participate in NSF Workshop

    Dr. Lauren Sahl was recently selected to participate in Ocean Observing Initiative Data Lab Workshop, hosted by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together faculty at undergraduate institutions, who teach introductory oceanography, to learn methods for incorporating ocean observatory data into their courses. Congratulations Dr. Sahl!

  • Seniors finish their senior research projects!

    Ocean Studies seniors celebrated finishing their year-long research projects in December! Each year, students design, propose, and conduct a project of their own design over the course of two semesters. At the end of those two semesters, students present their findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and a poster. Abstracts from this year’s papers can be found here. Congrats seniors, we are so proud of you!