With details currently under discussion and being designed, the College of Liberal Art's Marine Studies Degree will focus on the social, political, and cultural issues of coasts and oceans in the context of a meaningful understanding of marine natural science. Students will receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

This degree is currently under development. Students may not be admitted to a program that is not represented in the current OSU Catalog. If you are interested in this degree, keep informed about its development by contacting us and asking to be added to the marine studies degree listserv.

Why Choose Marine Studies?

Majors in Marine Studies will explore diverse, exciting subject matter as it relates to tracks of specialization depending on individual interests and goals with broad emphases on critical thinking, social and scientific awareness, and communication skills. 

Some elements of the degree:

  • Students develop broad-based knowledge and skills in the social and natural sciences and the arts and humanities.
  • Graduates are prepared for employment through the extension and refinement of core knowledge into a specific area of specialization.
  • All graduates will be literate in the ocean's biology and ecology as well as the interconnections of the ocean, coast, and humans.
  • New curricula
    • Faculty from colleges across campus are involved in collaborations and cross-curricular courses that encompass social, political, artistic, and literary components in an experiential learning framework.
    • Issues of the coasts and ocean will be explored in ways that bring hands-on learning experiences to students.
    • Courses focus on independent and group problem-solving regarding a range of locally and globally relevant coastal-marine matters, such as policy, community, and sustainability.
    • In “Guide groups", faculty will provide mentoring and support to students throughout the program
    • Some courses will be available online for those students needing additional flexibility in their educational planning.
  • Living and learning at the coast
    • Students will have options for learning-in-residence at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and other coastal locations.

Students interested in this degree should contact the Marine Studies Initiative office.