Immerse Yourself

Ocean and Coast Brochure

Something special is waiting for you. Dive in. 

More than 80% of the Earth's oceans have yet to be observed and explored. These waters are teeming with life and potential - forming the basis of our global economy, nourishing communities all over the world, and captivating scientists and artists alike. Yet for all of the ocean's power, there are equally daunting threats - from climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and others.

Whatever your passion - whatever your area of study - marine studies will introduce you to the intricacies of ocean ecosystmes, open your eyes to the challenges facing them and help you embrace your role as a steward of these resources for future generations.

Get ready for what's next.

In marine-related career fields, you need a wide range of skills, and that starts early with a well-balanced college preparatory curriculum, including English and mathematics. Classes in
speech and fundamental computer skills will sharpen your writing and communication abilities. And because ocean issues involve people, volunteer work and other extracurricular activities
can help you develop social and leadership skills during your high school or community college career.

Launch a rewarding career in virtually any direction.

You can incorporate your love for the ocean into just about any career, whether you're studying engineering, anthropology, digital communication, marine biology, animal sciences, education, earth sciences and much more.  Plus, the growth of the “blue” economy — with its focus on sustainable use of ocean resources — means expanding job opportunities. And since the ocean and its influence is truly global, you can work in the United States and abroad, in a federal, state or local government agency, a university, nonprofit or other community organization.

Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)

Over the past 50 years, the HMSC in Newport has become one of the world’s leading marine laboratories. Known for collaborative research and a vast array of experiential learning opportunities, the lab offers courses and a thriving summer internship program. A new Marine Studies Building is a hub for students, faculty and partners. The space features a state-of-the-art innovation lab and studio, designed to enable students, researchers and entrepreneurs to design, build, test and market new technologies, and promote creative artistic projects.

Port Orford Field Station

Located just south of Cape Blanco on Oregon’s southern coast, the field station provides access to the region’s unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem for teaching and research, particularly in coastal stewardship and sustainability.

OSU Seafood Lab

The Seafood Research and Education Center in Astoria helps fishermen add value to their catch and processors develop innovative seafood products. Since 1940, the lab’s ongoing research has advanced seafood science, safety and technology.

Ocean and Coast Resources

We offer 200+ degree programs.  Find where you fit.

Biological Data Sciences

  • Computational Biology
  • Ecological and Environmental Informatics
  • Genomics

Bioresource Research

  • Climate and Biosystems Modeling
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Water Resources

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

  • Marine Conservation and Management

Earth Sciences

  • Climate Science
  • Ocean Science

Environmental Sciences

  • Aquatic Biology

Ecological Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Natural Resources

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
  • Integrated Conservation Analysis
  • Natural Resources Education
  • Policy and Management

Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

  • Sustainable Tourism Management



  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology


  • Aquatic Microbiology


Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

Scholarships to help you pay for college are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The deadline for applying for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships.