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.

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.

Course Sequence Guides

Freshwater Studies

Engineering Technology


Marine Technology

Degree Requirements

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:

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