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Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

School of Biological Sciences

Programs > Marine Technology

The Associate Degree in Marine Technology prepares students for careers related to oceanography and Great Lakes limnology. There is an increasing need for individuals trained in the field of aquatic science, and the objective of the degree at LSSU is to introduce students to a number of career disciplines within this field. The curriculum is an academically rigorous program where students work closely with faculty to learn the skills necessary for a career in marine technology.

Specifically the curriculum includes options for:

  • Basic Science (math, biology, chemistry)
  • Physical Science (oceanography, meteorology)
  • Cartography (maps, GPS, GIS)
  • Engineering (electrical, robotics, machining)
  • Seamanship (boat handling, first aid, research sampling)
Career Options

The US Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Natural Resources both indicate a growing need for marine technology expertise and there are many career opportunities.

  • Marine science technician
  • Able Seaman
  • Marine research assistant
  • Offshore field technicians
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Location is Everything

LSSU is uniquely located on the shores of the St Marys river and adjacent to 3 of the Laurentian Great Lakes. There is a large maritime shipping industry passing through the Sault Ste. Marie daily. In addition as an international waterway, the St. Mary's river is also home to agencies such as the US Coast Guard, US Border Patrol as well as many fisheries and law enforcement agencies that all require employees with knowledge of marine technology. Sault Ste. Marie MI is regarded as a "working waterfront" which makes Marine Technology training very appropriate for LSSU.

 

Student Research...

Scottville, Michigan

Andrew investigated factors that stunt the size of northern pike in northern Michigan lakes. His study determined that northern pike in stunted populations exhibited slow growth early on when there was a lack of proper prey species and then stabilized later, possibly due to increased cannibalism. His results will assist northern pike managers in determining management methods for stunted northern pike populations.

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