Certificate: Marine Mammal Behavior & Training

All courses take place at Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, FL. Each seven-day course introduces students to Dolphin Research Center’s resident pod of dolphins and includes hands-on and in-water interactive experiences as well as classroom seminars and workshops, live marine mammal demonstrations and observations, and discussions with expert trainers, researchers and educators. Course topics include, but are not limited to: marine mammal husbandry; marine mammal medical care and pathology; behavior modification and training; anatomy; physiology; maternity; population management; habitat and maintenance; environmental enrichment; cognitive and behavioral research methodology, design and implementation; dolphin acoustics; and communication; marine mammal law; and conservation. Animal experience includes but is not limited to: meal preparation; animal handling and behavior modification through operant conditioning; animal presentation and narration delivery; cognitive research design and implementation; behavioral observation and research; and animal enrichment design and implementation.

Required Courses – 15 total credit hours

  • OCB 1301C Dolphin Lab (3)
  • OCB 1311 Dolphin Studies & Field Experience: Marine Mammal Care & Basic Training I (3)
  • OCB 2313 Dolphin Studies & Field Experience: Advanced Marine Mammal Training and Enrichment II (3)
  • OCB 2310 Dolphin Studies & Field Experience: Cognitive & Behavioral Research with Marine Mammals (3)
  • OCB 1320 Dolphin Studies & Field Experience: Marine Mammal Interpretation (3)

A Pathway To:

  • Marine Mammal Trainer
  • Marine Environmental Technician
  • Marine Biologist

The courses listed above are only a guide. Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university. Course requirements may change each year. You are responsible and encourage to work closely with your advisor. Some courses are offered night/online only every other year.For more information, contact the Office of Advising Services at 305-809-3196 or Dr. Mick Walsh, (305) 809-3205 or michelle.walsh@fkcc.edu