SUMMER TERM - MARINE & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

  

Participate in a pinniped and cetacean necropsy! Observe seabirds at sea! Collect field samples aboard oceanography cruises! Courses within the Summer Marine & Environmental Studies Program at HMSC are designed to provide students with an intensive hands-on field study of organisms in their natural habitats, coupled with interactive classroom or 'hybrid' course formats unless otherwise noted. The 11-week term provides flexibility for students interested in spending a full summer term at HMSC or students with limited time schedules (e.g., teachers and other professionals) with the added benefit of complete immersion into marine-focused topics. Summer Session registration begins in April, and the HMSC summer courses start in June. Housing scholarships are available!

All students pay OSU in-state tuition! Students enrolled in the summer program can live on-site in the Hatfield Marine Science Center housing. Courses are in two 4-week and one 3-week sequence. Students earn up to 6-9 quarter credits in 4 weeks and up to 16-17 quarter credits in 11 weeks. Due to the nature of the intensive format (lab and field experience), students may be assigned reading in advance to prepare them for each course. Please see the OSU Summer Session schedule of classes for the complete schedule and prerequisites for classes offered at HMSC.

SUMMER TERM COURSES @ HMSC

COURSE CREDITS TERM
BI 353 - Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystems 4 Summer
FW 301 - Field Techniques in Marine Mammal Conservation 1 Summer
FW 302 - Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals 4 Summer
FW 331 - Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds 4 Summer
FW 421/521 - Aquatic Biological Invasions 4 Summer
FW 493 - Methods for Marine Research 3 Summer
FW 498/598 - Aquaculture Laboratory 3 Summer
OC 332 - Coastal Oceanography 3 Summer
OC 440 - Biological Oceanography 4 Summer
Z 461/561 - Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology 4 Summer
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 401 - Research and Scholarship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 410 - Internship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

FALL TERM – MARINE CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION

  

An exciting array of courses are available to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in Fall 2020. Students can live at Hatfield Marine Science Center and create their plan of study from courses in coastal and ocean science, resource management and policy, and outreach and education. The Fall program includes the signature field-oriented course in Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (CERM) FW 426/526. This five-credit course is taught by a team of faculty and agency scientists and is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  The class consists of a one-week intensive field lab and lecture series, followed by weekly seminars, discussions, and field trips for the term. Students learn basic biological, chemical, and physical processes of coastal habitats and some of the issues associated with human use of coastal resources.

Courses come from OSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife Department, College of Education, and College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Topics range from marine mammals and coastal estuarine ecology to conservation biology and science education. Opportunities for research experience and internships provide additional pathways for students to gain experience in their fields of interest. 

FALL TERM COURSES AT HMSC

COURSES CREDITS TERM
FW 407 - Seminar: Marine Science    
FW 419 - Natural History of Whales and Whaling 4 Fall
FW 426/526 - Coastal Ecology and Resource Management 5 Fall
FW 434/534 - Estuarine Ecology 4 Fall
FW 464 - Marine Conservation Biology 3 Fall
FW 469/569 - Methods in Physiology and Behavior of Marine Megafauna 3 Fall
FW 474/574 - Early Life History of Fishes 4 Fall, alternating years
OC 434 - Estuarine Ecology 4 Fall
SED 435/535 - Communicating Ocean Science to Informal Audiences 3 Fall
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 401 - Research and Scholarship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 410 - Internship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
OC 515 – Oregon Coast Math Camp 3 Fall intersession
OC 534 - Estuarine Ecology 4 Fall
GEO 508 – Intensive Field Camp in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Science and Policy 3 Fall intersession

WINTER AND SPRING TERM – INTRODUCTORY COURSES

  

Introductory Week- and Weekend-long Experiential Marine Science Courses at HMSC

Spend a week or weekend studying Oregon's coastal environment while learning about the interdisciplinary nature of marine science. These introductory courses have an experiential field and lab emphasis designed for first- and second-year undergraduates, non-science, and potential science majors.  Introduction to Marine Life in the Sea courses are an overnight weekend stay. They combine lectures, wet labs, and hands-on field experiences to study several topics related to the marine environment on the Oregon coast. 

WINTER AND SPRING INTRO COURSES

COURSE CREDITS TERM
ATS 295 - Observing Climate 3 Spring Break
BI 111: CRN 33009/37183/38632 - Intro to Marine Life in the Sea: Marine Habitats 1 Winter, over three weekends
FW 113: CRN 56789 - Introduction to Marine Life in the Sea: Marine Birds and Mammals 1 Spring weekend
OC 295 - Introduction to Field Oceanography 3 Spring Break
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 401 - Research and Scholarship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 410 - Internship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

SPRING TERM – MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY

  

Imagine a 15-credit course where you eat, breath and sleep marine biology for ten weeks, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, sometimes earlier and sometimes later and sometimes on the weekend and LOVING IT! Each spring, marine biology students take up residence at the center for Oregon State University's 15-credit course in marine biology, dividing their time between lectures in the classroom, field study along the coast, and laboratories in one of our wet labs. Students learn to observe, identify, and collect seaweed and invertebrates, trawl for fish aboard the R/V Elakha, and muck through the mudflats and estuaries. Follow our students in the class journal blog.

Teaching Marine Biology Writing in the Field: An Interview with Sally Hacker

SPRING TERM COURSES AT HMSC

COURSE CREDITS TERM
BI 450 - Marine Biology and Ecology 15 Spring
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 401 - Research and Scholarship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
BI/ENSC/FW/OC 410 - Internship 1-16 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring