This summer, live and study on the Oregon Coast by taking classes offered through the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport!

Summer Marine & Environmental Studies Program – Download Program Flyer

Courses within the Summer Marine & Environmental Studies Program at HMSC are designed to provide students with extensive and intensive hands-on field study of organisms in their natural habitats, coupled with interactive classroom or 'hybrid' course formats, unless otherwise noted. This provides flexibility for students with limited time schedules (e.g., teachers and other professionals) with the added benefit of complete immersion into marine-focused topics. Several options are available to students to maximize their opportunities at the marine science center—a student can choose 2-3 courses from each 4-week session to have a full summer session, with the potential for a full 17 credits. Credit may be earned for conducting marine and estuarine research under the supervision of a faculty member by enrolling in 401 or 410 credit.  OSU's General Online Schedule of HMSC Summer Session Courses   HMSC's Course Schedule 

Summer Session Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Additional detailed FAQs

Q: How do I register for classes on the coast?

A: Registering for classes on the coast follows the same steps as does registration for Corvallis campus classes. 
   Instructions for registering.  All students pay OSU in-state tuition!

   Summer Session registration begins April 14, and the HMSC summer courses start on June 24.

Q: How do I choose my courses and what focus areas are available?

A:  Students can pick and choose 2 courses in each of the four-week sessions to meet major requirements. See HMSC Weekly Course Schedule.

Areas of focus/tracks are:                          Complete up to 17-18 credits over the summer!

Session II: 1st 4-week session (June 24-July 19) - 4-5 courses to choose from

Session IV: 2nd 4-week session (July 22-August 16) - 4 courses to choose from

Session V: 3-week session (August 19-September 6) - New 3-week Online/Hybrid Aquaculture Lab Course!

All sessions: Research credit (401) and Internship credit (410) available!

Q: How do I determine my course schedule?

A:  Students can review the HMSC class schedule in each of the four-week sessions. See HMSC Weekly Course Schedule.

Q: How do I reserve housing for classes on the coast?

A: Students can choose to live off campus or in HMSC apartments or bunk house (youth hostel) accommodations at the marine science center. Students taking summer courses at the Hatfield Marine Science Center are eligible to apply for HMSC housing scholarships, which provide free or reduced-rate housing on-site for the duration of the summer term in which they are enrolled. New deadline June 10.

See Summer Housing for details about accommodations.

Click here for additional detailed FAQs for HMSC Summer Session students!


  • Inclusive: We welcome all students, including those not typically served by marine science programs.
  • Integrative: Courses cross traditional disciplinary boundaries while taking advantage of the diverse academic departments and government agencies associated with HMSC.
  • Innovative: Unique courses that include lab and field experiences emphasizing active learning and results-oriented approaches over traditional lecturing.
  • Internships, Student Professional Development Workshops and More!
  • Directed Independent Study