Gain a World of Experience

Hatfield Marine Science Center is expanding its curriculum to
support the next generation of multi-disciplinary problem solvers.

Undergraduate Programs @ HMSC


At Hatfield, you can gain experience directly related to coastal and ocean issues. Our academic programs engage students through research, teaching and experiential learning. Our courses explore coastal and ocean environments, fieldwork techniques, natural resource conservation and management issues. Take a deep dive into classes on fisheries, marine mammals and birds, sharks, public policy, education, outreach and much more.

Hatfield Highlights

  • Live on the coast while taking courses
  • Discover diverse coastal habitats through small, hands-on courses
  • Fulfill program requirements in a study abroad-style within Oregon

Graduate Programs at Hatfield


From genetics to trawling, microbes to whales, Hatfield graduate programs span the breadth of marine studies.

Mentored by faculty and government agency scientists, students conducting research at Hatfield gain real-world trans-disciplinary, interagency research experience. Exposure to a broad range of scientific collaboration enhances students’ knowledge that will enrich their professional careers. Though graduate students hail from a multitude of OSU colleges and departments, they share the experience of being part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary marine science community that continues far beyond commencement.




Located on the Hatfield campus, Oregon Sea Grant's marine education program offers formal classes and labs for students of all ages. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub, also located at Hatfield, provides rigorous professional development support for educators. These programs are dedicated to increasing marine science literacy in the classroom and daily life for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our pre-college programming also includes partnerships with OSU and affiliated groups statewide, including SMILE and OSU PreCollege Programming.

A broad range of formal and informal learning opportunities are available to the nearly 100K adults and children who visit the Hatfield Visitor Center which is operated by Oregon Sea Grant. All programs are built around marine science, tied to state and national STEM standards, and offer opportunities for learning, exploration and fun.