Rowan College at Gloucester County

Marine Science (A.S.)


An associate degree in Marine Science provides students with a foundation of study in the physical, biological and chemical sciences as well as an understanding of the marine environment and its interactions with the earth, biosphere and atmosphere. This major prepares students with a broad curriculum in the sciences, with an understanding of marine life and its adaptations, and for transfer to a four-year institution or employment in the industry.

Program Goals

Students who have completed the program will be able to:

  • Apply a scientific foundation to support upper-level study in marine science as well as related disciplines

  • Define marine ecosystems and the diversity of marine organisms

  • Integrate learned material with current research to formulate ideas concerning a sustainable future


Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from residents of other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

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Transfer Opportunities

Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities —​ immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. 

In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university or college of their choice.

Some of our students in this program have transferred to the following four-year institutions:

  • East Stroudsburg University

  • Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Please visit the CAP Center to discuss transfer options.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete an advanced degree will qualify for employment as:

  • Aquarists

  • Exhibit coordinators

  • Research biologists

Find out where U.S. News & World Report​ rates these jobs in U.S. News' 100 Best Jobs.

Please visit the CAP Center to discuss career options.

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.