Academic Catalogs

Professional Mariner, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_MRPM
Control Number: 33902

The Professional Mariner degree prepares students for careers in the maritime industry in Southern California and around the world in private or commercial vessel operations: large private yachts, charter yachts, cruise ships, passenger ferries, sport fishing, commercial fishing, whale watching, dive boats, supply vessels, work boats, tug boats, and commercial shipping. These vessels must operate with qualified crew so the curriculum for the Orange Coast College Professional Mariner program was developed with guidance from an Advisory Council of maritime industry professionals who ranked skills and knowledge that they require in their deck crew. Upon completion of the program, there are employment opportunities with competitive salary.

Students must be able to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes. Previous boating experience is advantageous but not required. Facility fees will be charged.

Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate verbally and in writing in a clear manner and with correct nautical protocol.
  2. Identify maritime career paths along with required U.S. Coast Guard licensing requirements.
  3. Demonstrate safe operation and maintenance of vessels.
  4. Demonstrate prevention and safety response in First Aid, Personal Survival and Social Responsibility at sea, as well as fire prevention and response.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
Introduction to Sailing
or Intermediate Sailing - Intro to Keel Boats
MARA A150 Coastal Navigation 3
MARA A151 Maritime Industry 2
MARA A152 Boat Handling and Seamanship 3
MARA A154 Yachtkeeping and Engine Maintenance 2
MARA A156 Maritime Environment 2
Semester 2
MARA A153 Marine Basic Safety Training 4
MARA A157 Radar Observer 2
Professional Mariner Internship
and Professional Mariner Internship Lecture 1
 Total Units22
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 22
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60

Professional Mariner Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
Any Foreign Language
FN A185Cultural Foods2
MATH A170Precalculus4
MARA A210USCG License Exam Preparation4
MATH A180Calculus 14
Any Marine Science or Oceanography course1-4
Any Foreign Language4-5