Working with you to explore opportunities

Academic departments across the university deliver exceptional marine degrees, courses, and programs to support your personal and academic growth. 

Stand Out

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.

Experience the Coast

At Oregon State, you have access to the coast through courses, research, and extracurricular activities. Our world-class facilities, such as the Hatfield Marine Science Center, are inclusive and innovative centers for learning. 

We offer a range of programs and degrees to fit your academic interests and goals. Oregon State faculty are here to help you succeed.

Dive in and join us. We look forward to meeting you!

MSI Academic Development Goal

Through the Marine Studies Initiative, we are developing transformational educational experiences centered on marine studies.

We are creating a transdisciplinary environment that expands innovative marine education and training opportunities for students, professionals, and lifelong learners. This includes establishing a university-wide marine studies degree program, expanding collaborations with our educational partners and engaging students in seeking globally relevant solutions. 


  • BUILDING COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS: Design transdisciplinary educational core programs (courses, options and certificates) that foster student success and lifelong learning, engage a diverse student body, teach ethics and promote marine literacy at all levels within Oregon State University and across the state. These programs prepare all types of students for leadership and the workforce.
  • CREATING A NEW MARINE STUDIES DEGREE: Create a transdisciplinary marine studies undergraduate major and minor that focus on the human dimensions of marine systems. These liberal art degrees emphasize the social, political, and cultural issues of the coasts and oceans, built on a meaningful understanding of marine natural science. Learn more HERE
  • LAUNCHING INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES: Expand experiential learning opportunities at Oregon State's main campus in Corvallis, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and other coastal and ocean locations in collaboration with academic, government, nonprofit, Native American tribal and industry partners. Teaching and learning focus on seeking solutions to ocean-related societal challenges.