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College of the Redwoods
Mendocino Coast
1211 Del Mar Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 962-2687

Welcome to the Marine Science Technology Home Page. Please use the links to the left to find out more about our class offerings and any of our degree / certificate programs. The faculty list below lists telephone numbers, office locations, and has links to faculty webpages and email.

The need for certified marine science technicians is growing rapidly. College of the Redwoods' Marine Science Technology Program is designed to train students for employment with a wide variety of fishery and wildlife agencies, marine and environmental consulting firms, marine aquariums, and marine laboratories.

The program is flexible however, and can be tailored to meet the individual academic and career goals of each student. College of the Redwoods' MST Program can prepare you for employment as an entry-level technician, or for transfer into an upper division marine or environmental science program with the eventual goal of obtaining a higher degree. Individuals interested in improving their understanding of marine and coastal environments, or upgrading their technical skills, will also find this program valuable.

The program emphasizes hands-on experiences that provide the students with the practical skills they need to work in this field. Students will also have the opportunity to serve as interns with potential employers. This allows students to work with other technicians and scientists before they graduate, and students can establish personal contacts that could be instrumental in starting their careers. Numerous state and federal agencies, research institutions, private consultants, and marine aquariums support our program by offering internships or occupational experience to students enrolled in the Marine Science Technology Program.

Two options exist for program participants. An Associate of Science degree is awarded to students for satisfactory completion of the major requirements (24 units), 12 additional units of recommended elective courses, and successful completion of general education and graduation requirements. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded for satisfactory completion of the major requirements plus a minimum of six additional units of recommended elective courses.


Students in the Marine Science Technology Program (MST) have recently built and deployed an ocean drifter designed to study California coastal currents. The drifter is a four-and-one-half foot tall by four foot wide structure made of PVC pipe, vinyl “sails” and a package containing a satellite transmitter. The drifter is designed to float just below the surface of the ocean so that its path is largely unaffected by the wind. A satellite tracking device protrudes above the ocean surface so the path of the drifter can be monitored by MST students, scientists and the public.

Marine Science Technology students on the Mendocino Campus are hoping to see how changes in wind and currents affect the path of their drifter. You can access a real-time google map with the drifter location updated every four hours at the following address:


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College of the Redwoods does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color or disability in any of its programs or activities. The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.




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