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Whatever your major— for example, in the field of arts, humanities, business, engineering, or earth, life, and social sciences— you can gain experience in coastal and ocean issues with a minor to expand your learning experience. All minors provide opportunity for students to visit and learn at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, as well as in diverse coastal and ocean habitats in the Pacific Northwest. 

Minors about the Coasts and Ocean

The Marine Biology minor introduces students to the diversity of marine organisms and habitats. While the Marine Biology option in the Biology major is a deeper dive in these areas, the Marine Biology and Ecology minor allows other students to integrate this background with their major field of study. The minor requires a spring or summer term of experiential coursework at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Students from majors other than Biology that require the Principles of Biology BI 211,212, and 213 series prerequisites will likely find this minor ideal, but the minor is open to all OSU students. For more information, contact Integrative Biology advisors

The Marine Conservation Management Minor focuses on marine vertebrates, conservation science, and management of living marine resources. This minor packages existing Fisheries and Wildlife course offerings in a well-structured minor, aiming to increase student interest and participation in course offerings by Fisheries and Wildlife and other degree programs at Hatfield Marine Science Center

The minor is divided between a core requirement of 14 credits and a selected list of electives of 13 credits. The core is organized around three main themes: healthy planet, healthy economy, and healthy people. The elective section is broken into two groups of courses, one on species and habitats, the other one experiential learning and skills. The minor is available online as well as on-campus, with “on-campus” course offerings occurring in both Corvallis and at HMSC. In addition, several courses are offered in hybrid formats (for example- FW469, FW426, FW498) that permit both on-campus and Ecampus students to visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center for short, intensive experiential learning opportunities during summer and early fall. Students are strongly encouraged to spend a term in residence at Hatfield to interact with faculty in Newport and to take advantage of the considerable training opportunities available through collaborative governmental agencies and institutions at the coast (such as, NOAA, USFWS, ODFW, Oregon Aquarium). 

For more information, visit the department’s web site.   

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the Marine Studies minor focuses on the social, political, and cultural issues of the coasts and ocean and is built on a meaningful understanding of marine natural science. This minor extends and deepens a marine focus and awareness to students in Colleges outside the natural sciences. Students complete core courses and with the help of their advisor, choose tailored elected courses to expand their knowledge and experience of the primary major in a marine environmental framework. This degree is under development and not yet available in the course catalog. Contact the marine studies office for more information.

The undergraduate Oceanography minor is suggested for students in any major program in the colleges of Science or Engineering or the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences. This minor will add rigorous interdisciplinary breadth to any undergraduate program, broadening employment prospects and enhancing chances for gaining admission to graduate programs. The majority of oceanography classes have field trips on the R/V Elakha from which students collect data and samples in the coastal ocean and Yaquina Bay. In addition, the minor provides a broad environmental science background for students planning to become high school teachers of earth or life sciences. For more information, see the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences web site or contact CEOAS advisors