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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  • Professor Jessie Muhlin conducts field work, writes op-ed, and assumes Chair role

    Associate Professor Jessie Muhlin spent the Spring 2019 semester on sabbatical working on her research related to seaweed. Among some of the highlights, Prof. Muhlin was one of an awesome field crew helping Hannah Webber, a University of Maine PhD student, to set up rockweed plots at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park (see picture). Read More…

  • Sierra James awarded “best poster” at Northeast Natural History conference

    Marine Biology senior Sierra James and several peers recently presented their senior research at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield, MA. Sierra’s poster, entitled “Cardiac response of Carcinus maenas and Cancer irroratus under acute hypoxia exposure”, won an award for best poster. Congrats Sierra! Here is what Sierra says about the experience:Read More…

  • Professor Alan Verde brings students to the Philippines for Master Diver class

    This spring, Professor Alan Verde brought 18 students in the Master Diver class to the Philippines for a week of intensive SCUBA diving. The students did the diving with Asia Divers at stayed at El Galleon resort. Read More…