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"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Ferra of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

Luke Fera '06
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...

Lansing, Michigan

Greg looked at whether stocked walleye could be hurting the yellow perch population in Waiska Bay near Brimley, Michigan. He used computer simulations to model how many fish the walleye consume each year. McClure concludes that walleye do have an impact on the yellow perch population, which warrants a need for further research.

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