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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  • 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...

  • 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...