Getting Involved

Students releasing white sea bassGaining hands-on experience is critical for marine science students to be successful in this field. Orange Coast College’s Marine Science Department makes student experiential learning the central component of its programs. Coursework includes student opportunities to get experience deploying equipment, collecting data in the field, calibrating probes, working on boats, designing and building aquarium filtration systems, caring for live marine organisms, testing and manipulating water quality parameters, conducting research, ​​​​​​​​​​​​helping to manage aquarium facilities, and exploring a variety of marine ecosystems among others.

All enrolled marine science students should begin by informally registering with the department (see below). 

We also encourage all students to set up a meeting with one of the faculty members each semester to help us keep track of your progress and offer advice on how to continue to increase your experience, skills and contacts in the field before transferring (see below). 



Some of the best ways to initially build skills, experience and contacts is through our on-campus initiatives. Discover the countless ways you can get involved below:

Faculty also have an extensive list of local organizations and agencies that offer volunteering opportunities, college internships, scholarship prospects, and jobs to marine science students. To get additional information or sign up for any of these opportunities, please schedule a department faculty meeting (above) or drop by our Opportunity Board located in the aquarium lobby of the Lewis Center for Applied Sciences.

Faculty contact information and links to the diverse career opportunities available to marine science majors can be found on our Contacts & Additional Information page.