2019-2020 Spring Edition 
    Dec 11, 2023  
2019-2020 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marine Science Technician Associate of Science

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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. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to pass the United States Coast Guard (USCG) examination to receive a USCG Master or Mate license with a scope of 25-100 gross tons. Flexibility in study areas of concentration allows for tailoring coursework to specific employment opportunities including marine science technicians, watercraft service attendants, and water transportation workers, such as motorboat operators.

Individuals should be aware that there are high regulatory and security requirements for employment and that most water transportation jobs also require the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the Transportation Security Administration.

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, and marine survey and operations personnel as they endeavor to manage this enormous resource for the good of mankind.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Develop piloting and navigational skills required to properly navigate vessels in harbors, near shore, and open waters.
  • Perform advanced seamanship techniques using current technology and electronic navigational instruments.
  • Demonstrate spatial analysis of data and identify problems with acquisition and accuracy of data in marine ecological surveys.

Required Courses

Total Units for the Major 22-23

Associate of Science 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 of Science 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 this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.


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