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Graduate Students


Oregon State University offers a variety of strong graduate programs and degrees in marine science and engineering. The following listings are examples of some of the university’s marine related programs and courses. This list is not comprehensive as the list of Oregon State’s marine science related options is extensive. For more information on some of our academic offerings, please learn more about the programs within each of our individual colleges.


College of Agricultural Sciences - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

  • Coastal Ecology and Resource Management:

As part of the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers a Hatfield Marine Science Center Fall program that includes a field oriented course in Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (CERM). The course consists of a one week lab and lecture series followed by weekly seminars, discussions and field trips. The class is open to graduate students from any department, although students in the departments of Fisheries & Wildlife, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, and Natural Resources and who have an interest in coastal ecology, marine fish ecology, and the management of natural resources are encouraged to register. Inexpensive housing for the term is offered on site at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.

Click the link to view descriptions of all Fisheries and Wildlife courses offered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

  • Fisheries Science graduate program:

The Fisheries Science graduate program provides emphasis on marine and freshwater fish populations, water quality, fish systematics, fish and invertebrate physiology, stream ecology, modeling of aquatic ecosystems, land use interactions, endangered species, and aquaculture. Areas of concentration include aquaculture, conservation biology, fish genetics, ichthyology, limnology, parasites and diseases, physiology and ecology of marine and freshwater fishes, stream ecology, toxicology, and water pollution biology. Students may choose to spend one term at the Hatfield Marine Science Center which provides courses emphasizing the marine environment. A graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management is also available with a course program offered at Hatfield.


College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

  • The College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) offers Master’s and Doctoral programs within the following disciplines: Marine Resource Management, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Geology & Geophysics, Physical Oceanography, and Atmospheric Sciences. An interdisciplinary option is also available. With its recent merger with the Department of Geosciences, CEOAS also offers graduate studies leading to M.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography and Geology, as well as graduate certificates in Geographic Information Science, Water Conflict Management and Transformation, and Ecosystem Informatics.

       View an overview of CEOAS course offerings in the OSU course catalog. 


College of Engineering - School of Civil and Construction Engineering

  • As part of the College of Engineering, the School of Civil and Construction Engineering offers a Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program, a comprehensive curriculum of graduate studies and research that offers the following graduate degrees: Masters of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering with a Concentration Area in Coastal and Ocean Engineering (MS), Masters of Ocean Engineering (MOcE).


College of Science - Department of Zoology

  • As part of the College of Science, the Department of Zoology has strong programs of graduate study in behavioral ecology, marine biology and ecology (with an option for a graduate concentration in Marine Ecology), evolutionary biology, physiology, behavioral endocrinology, population biology, genetics, neurobiology, chemical ecology, cell and developmental biology and comparative immunology.


Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • Located in Newport, OR, the Hatfield Marine Science Center is Oregon State University’s campus for research, education, and outreach in marine and coastal sciences. Visit the center’s student information page for more information about the variety of courses and programs Hatfield has to offer students in this field. 



Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans

  • The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) offers students a unique opportunity to obtain cross-disciplinary training in the marine sciences and ecology. The four universities participating in PISCO provide educational programs at all levels under the guidance of leading scientists and Principle Investigators from diverse fields.


Oregon State University e-Campus

Prospective students may also wish to explore OSU's online degree options through e-Campus.

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