Immerse Yourself

Nothing on earth is as vast as the ocean — including your opportunities to explore, understand and sustain it.

Climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, variable fish stocks and rising sea levels are just some of the pressures facing marine habitats, nearshore ecosystems and coastal communities.
To preserve its beauty and power, the ocean needs people in every discipline to show up — to take their place as an advocate for marine flourishing.


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.

Careers: Think outside the office.

You can incorporate your love for the ocean into just about any career field.  Plus, the growth of the “blue” economy — with its focus on sustainable use of ocean resources — means job opportunities expand
with it. 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 built its reputation as one of the world’s leading marine laboratories, known for collaborative research and a vast array of experiential learning opportunities including courses and a thriving summer internship program. A new Marine Studies building (in 2020) will be a hub for students, faculty and partners. The space will feature a state-of-the-art innovation lab and studio, designed to enable students, researchers and entrepreneurs to design, build, test and market new technologies, as well as 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 the areas of 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.

Oceans and Coast Resources

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

Bioresource Research

  • Water Resources

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

  • Marine Conservation and Management

Earth Sciences

  • Climate Science
  • Geology
  • Ocean Science

Environmental Sciences

  • Aquatic Biology


  • 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.