If you are interested in starting an exciting new career in the aquatic animal husbandry profession, the Aquarium Science Program is for you! Our program includes traditional classroom courses, hands-on learning in our state of the art Aquarium Science Building, and practical experiences with our many partners in the area including the Visitor’s Center and research labs at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Program Options

Students admitted into the two-year degree program will receive an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Aquarium Science after successfully completing all necessary prerequisites and required coursework for the program. Applicants for the two-year degree program must have received a high school diploma or GED and may have completed some college level coursework. {More details}

Students admitted into the one-year certificate program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Aquarium Science after successfully completing the core curriculum and full composition of aquarium science courses.  Applicants for the one-year certificate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in Life Sciences or related field of study.

This new program is offered in partnership with Western Oregon University. Students earn the first three years of their degree at Western in Monmouth, OR. The fourth year of study is conducted on-site at the Aquarium Science Program facility at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport

Aquarium science students feed sharks in the Animal Holding Lab.

Exterior photo of the Aquarium Science Building at Oregon Coast Community College


Larry Boles
Oregon Coast Community College
400 SW College Way
Newport, OR 97366

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