Aquarium Science BuildingIf you are interested in starting an exciting new career in the aquatic animal husbandry profession, the Aquarium Science Program is for you!  Graduates in aquarium science have a high rate of finding jobs in the industry upon completion of the program.  Classes begin each fall.  Space is limited !

Program Options

Two-Year Associates Degree

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}

One-Year Certificate

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 Bachelors degree or higher in Life Sciences or related field of study. {More details.}

Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree

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. {For more information, email Larry Boles, AQS Program Manager, or visit this WOU webpage about the program.}

How to Apply

The application period for the 2022-23 school year is now open and will close end of day March 18, 2022.

Begin your application process here, please read all instructions carefully. Prospective students must first apply to OCCC and then use their student number and email in the Aquarium Science application process.

Our Staff

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Our Facility

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