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The Hatfield campus offers unique opportunities to study and experience the coast. The instruction, research, and internship opportunities at the Center make OSU an excellent place to pursue the study of the coastal and ocean environments and coastal communities.

Oregon stands out for its mixture of unparalleled access to the beach and ocean and the natural beauty of its coastline. It is a source of inspiration, reflection, and repose. In this setting, we are poised to create solutions to sustain the diverse ecosystems, communities and economies at the confluence of the continent and sea.

As a leading marine laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, the Hatfield campus has the expertise, technology, and responsibility to address important issues of high economic, scientific, and aesthetic value in marine and coastal systems. Its locality, ready access to the ocean and richness of partners—agencies, industry, and constituencies—create a physical and intellectual campus known for multidisciplinary research, education, and outreach that is world-class and international in scope. Hands-on educational opportunities train the marine science leaders of tomorrow, and outreach transfers knowledge to the public sector using new and compelling approaches.

Coasts Compared: Experimental class delivers engaging, global experience

The original idea was to create a program that would allow Oregon State University students to spend two weeks studying on the Caribbean island country of Aruba.

The class, “Coasts Compared,” highlighted ways in which technological tools like Zoom can be used to create interactive, engaging classroom offerings. It gave students the chance to interact with counterparts from another country. It also planted the seeds of friendship among the students -- and has prompted some of them to considering changing their future plans.

A key goal from the beginning was to create an interdisciplinary course, so two other OSU faculty members joined the effort: biologist Cheung of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and geographer Becker of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Another goal, Plaza said, was to bring the class under the banner of the College of Liberal Arts’ Marine Studies Initiative. “And we wanted to make sure that students from various disciplines could actually take it,” Plaza said.

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Coast to Valley Express Shuttle 


Looking for convenient transportation from the valley to the coast? The Coast to Valley Express is a great, cost friendly option, with lots of pick-up and drop off sites. Learn more, purchase tickets, and view the schedule HERE.

Student Experience

Check out some student experiences had at Hatfield by clicking on the icons.