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Oregon State University offers an opportunity for undergraduates to learn and experience material in the field of marine science and engineering. The following listings are examples of some of the university’s marine related programs and courses that allow undergraduates to explore a variety of disciplines within the marine framework. This list is not comprehensive as Oregon State’s marine science related options are extensive - for more information on some of our academic offerings, please explore programs within each of our individual colleges.



College of Agriculture Sciences - Department of Fisheries & 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 underand 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. View descriptions of all Fisheries and Wildlife courses offered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and visit the fall schedule.
  • Specializations: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers several undergraduate specializations, including one in Marine Fisheries Resources.


College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Earth Sciences seeks to integrate various fields of academic study to understand the Earth as a system. It considers interaction between the atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), lithosphere (rock), and biosphere (life). Students undertaking this option will learn about and independently investigatecomplex processes that often include a significant element of human interaction with natural changes in Earth systems. They will become skilled in those areas of science and policy needed to tackle the planet's most pressing environmental problems, becoming part of a generation of scientists, professionals, and citizens who approach and solve problems in a systematic, interdisciplinary way. Tracks for the Earth Systems option include:
    • Climate Science
    • Marine Science
    • Land and Water System
    • Earth Science Education
  • Environmental Sciences consists of curricula that foster interdisciplinary education for students seeking to better understand earth systems. The undergraduate curriculum requires students to complete courses that develop a broad base of knowledge in basic science disciplines, social sciences, and an area of specialization. This major will lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Environmental Sciences. Aquatic Biology is one of nine options for the major. The major is available on campus and through Ecampus.
  • Oceanography minor for undergraduates encompasses 18 courses taught by CEOAS faculty. This program serves over 800 OSU undergraduate students each year. The program aims to enhance the interdisciplinary breadth of undergraduate studies, broaden employment prospects, and increase students' odds of gaining admission to graduate programs. The Oceanography minor is recommended to students within the College of Science and to those who are involved in fisheries or engineering programs.  The minor also provides a broad background in environmental science that may interest students pursuing earth/life science education.
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS). The GIS certificate consists of 27 credit hours at the upper division level, five “core” courses that will provide some basic knowledge of component fields, and an opportunity to select elective courses of interest to the student.


College of Science

  • The Biology Program, part of the College of Science, offers a Marine Biology option which features a 16-credit, field-based BI 450 Marine Biology term in residence at the Hatfield Marine Science Center each spring. Marine Biology includes a comprehensive introduction to the flora and fauna of the marine environment taught by outstanding faculty from several OSU departments. The Option also includes many additional courses, including summer courses taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. There are also numerous opportunities to integrate undergraduate research and international experiences.


Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • Located in Newport, Oregon, 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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