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Undergraduate Certificate Programs in Marine Science Technician & Seamanship at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo

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Located at Mission Viejo, and since Saddleback College first opened its doors to students in 1968, more than half a million students have made us their first choice in higher education. Saddleback College’s rigorous and stimulating academic curriculum is taught by a faculty renowned for its expertise and experience. The students have access to over 300 degree and certificate programs to help them define and reach their educational, professional, and personal goals.

Of the 112 California Community Colleges, Saddleback College ranks 8th in transfers to the University of California and 17th in transfers to the California State University. Of the nine community colleges in Orange County, Saddleback College ranks first in transfers to UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, San Diego State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, USC, and ASU and ranks second to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego. The career/technical education programs combine classroom experience with on-the-job training to teach the students the practical skills they need to succeed in the job market.

Saddleback College offers Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that provide students with entry-level and advanced knowledge and skills critical for success in the work place. The College offers a wide variety of CTE programs, certificates, and courses that may be all you need to get started down a rewarding career path.

Saddleback College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Training Programs


  • Undergraduate Certificate in Seamanship Program (9 months): This program is designed to prepare individuals as boat operators and to take Coast Guard licensing examinations, as well as train marine technicians in the seagoing disciplines. Fieldwork is conducted throughout Southern California and the Channel Islands from Dana Point and Newport harbors. Boats include 28 to 48-foot sailing and power vessels, as well as safety sail training and introductory boating experience on Saddleback’s fleet of 14-foot Capri sailboats. Program graduates are employed in the following fields - Ship and Boat Captains; Mates - Ship, Boat, and Barge; Pilots, Ship; and Ship Engineers.
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Marine Science Technician Program (9 months): The Marine Science Technician Certificate Program answers the demand for Marine Science Technician's having the practical seamanship skills of navigation, vessel operation, marine systems and equipment, as well as, scientific expertise. Learn how to sail and navigate, perform sea water test, and biological investigations at sea, and focus on marine ecology and sea going ocean science. Program graduates are employed in the following fields - Natural Sciences Managers; Clinical Research Coordinators; Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health; Climate Change Analysts; and Environmental Restoration Planners.
  • Associate in Science or Art Degree: Completion of the undergraduate certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualify the student for the Associate in Science or Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

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