The Marine Science Technician Certificate Program answers the demand for Marine Science Technician's having the practical seamanship skills of navigation, vessel operation, marine systems and equipment, as well as, scientific expertise. As you progress in the program you'll learn how to sail and navigate, perform sea water test, and biological investigations at sea, and focus on marine ecology and sea going ocean science. Then you'll be ready to go to sea as a technician aboard oceanographic vessels or work in a laboratory ashore, with a good understanding of conditions based at sea.
Marine Science Technician Certificate Program
Rapid growth of the field of marine environmental management in Southern California brings demand for marine science technicians having the practical seamanship skills of navigation, vessel operation, marine systems and equipment maintenance as well as scientific expertise. Flexibility in study areas of concentration allows for tailoring coursework to specific employment opportunities.
Classroom work in oceanographic disciplines is combined with seagoing laboratory experience aboard marine research vessels, both sail and power. The program is designed to develop a solid educational foundation so that graduates will be prepared to work closely with scientists, researchers, engineers, marine survey and operations personnel as they endeavor to manage this enormous resource for the good of mankind.
Training will include classroom and laboratory work at the Saddleback College campus and at sea. When at sea, students will work aboard oceanographic research vessels, both sail and power. Field study experiences will be done throughout Southern California where government and private operations will be viewed firsthand.
Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.
Intro to Ecology
ENV 19*/BIO 19*
Southern California Coastal Ecology
Introduction to Oceanography
Select from Restricted Electives
Total Required Units
Water Quality and Toxicity of Captive Aquatic Systems
Sailing, Seamanship, and Boating Safety
Intermediate Ocean Sailing
Advanced Cruising Under Sail
Vessel Command and Organization
USCG Master License and Examination Preparation Course
Sub Sea Technology: Remotely Operated Vehicle
Electronic Aids to Navigation
Marine Ecological Survey/GIS
*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.
Associate in Science Degree
Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.
Associate in Arts Degree
Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.
General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in the catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.
Suggested coursework not required for the major: CHEM 1A, 106; CIM 1; DR 100; PHYS 2A.
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