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Marine Mammal Biology OEC

Marine Mammal Biology Occupational Endorsement Certificate


Explore Alaska and gain an edge over the competition with a fast track career certificate in Marine Mammal Biology at KPC's Kachemak Bay Campus, in Homer, Alaska. This Occupational Endorsment Certificateis designed for upper division undergraduate or recently graduated baccalaureate students to take Alaska specific biology courses that can lead to jobs in biology related career fields. 

Students will receive vital education and experiential training required in the local work force workforce sectors to become technicians, biologist and marine mammal observers (for fisheries and oil/gas exploration). Through their internships they  will be connected with biological organizations in need of employees, meeting the needs of local employers in the short-term and beyond.        

Potential job opportunities for graduates may include:

  • Veterinary Technician
  • Marine Mammal Technician 
  • Marine Mammal Observer
  • Marine Mammal Stranding Network Responder
  • Marine Mammal Assistant
  • Sea Life Park- Animal Trainer
  • Marine Biologist Intern
  • Marine Mammal Husbandry Aquarist
  • Marine Mammal Care Technician
  • On-Board Naturalist

 Certificate Requirements

Course Name Course Number Number of Credits
Marine Mammal Biology BIOL A430 4
Marine Skeletal Articulation BIOL A124 2
Internship in the Biological Sciences BIOL A495A 3


For more information, about the certification call 907.235.7743. 

Deborah Tobin
UAA - Kenai Peninsula Campus
Deborah Tobin
Professor of Biology
(907) 235-1607
Bayview Hall (KBBH) 120
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