Frequently Asked Questions
What degree can I earn?
The Freshwater Studies interdisciplinary degree (ASA or AAS) is intended for students who plan to further their studies at a four-year school as well as those who wish to enter the professional arena following graduation from NMC. Students have a choice of four streams or emphasis areas: General, Economy and Society, Global Freshwater Policy and Sustainability, or Science and Technology.
Model Schedules: Freshwater Studies
Model Schedule: Engineering Technology
The Engineering Technology degree (AAS) offers a broad based curriculum and prepares graduates for emerging job markets and highly technical fields. Marine Technology is one of its specialized areas.
What are career opportunities for Freshwater Studies degree graduates?
Employers are seeking technicians, lab analysts, and specialists in fields of engineering, environment, hydrography, hydrology, natural resources, and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) in private and public sectors:
- Government Agencies: US Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Agriculture, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Weather Service, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Engineering firms
- Hydro-geologic consulting firms
- Non-profit environmental organizations
- Oil and gas exploration
- Brownfield redevelopment
- Waste water management
- Natural resources management
What are additional career opportunities if I transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree?
Careers include aquatic chemists, engineers, GIS specialists, hydrologists, marine biologists, planners (environmental, natural and water resources), researchers, and water research managers among others.
Where can I learn about these jobs?
Several excellent online sources exist for information on marine technical careers, employers and jobs:
- Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) »
- O*NET OnLine is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Browse the data base of careers by industry, field of work, science area, specific tools and software. Learn more »
- CareerOneStop makes it easy to explore careers and occupations, perform self-assessment, and find out about education and training requirements. Learn more »
- Contact a Freshwater Studies program advisor for more information.