Marine Studies Initiative

OUR MISSION: Create a healthy future for our ocean and the planet through transdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem-solving.

Marine Studies Initiative


The world's ocean belongs to everyone and its health is critical to our future. Marine habitats are facing new and daunting pressures that threaten their sustainability — from climate change to pollution to dwindling fish stocks.

Global challenges need global champions, and Oregon State University is responding to the challenge with our Marine Studies Initiative. Building on a deep history of nationally ranked programs, world-leading research, and premier facilities, we are pioneering new research and teaching models to help sustain healthy oceans and ensure wellness, environmental health, and economic prosperity for future generations. The Marine Studies Initiative is a university-wide commitment that will have local to global impacts on the economy and environment.


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MSI Involvement Across OSU

The Marine Studies Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort that cohesively involves each of Oregon State’s 11 colleges, the university’s Graduate School, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Port Orford Field Station.

Learn more about how the Marine Studies Initiative collaborates with the OSU community here.

Marine Studies Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

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Harnessing people's fascination with the sea


Academic departments across OSU deliver exceptional marine studies undergraduate degrees, courses, and programs to support your personal and academic growth. Our different degree programs allow you to focus on coastal and ocean issues and prepare you for a fulfilling career.

No matter what your interest in the ocean and coasts, OSU has an academic program for you!

Study at the Coast

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Hatfield offers unique opportunities to study and experience the coast. The instruction, research, and internship opportunities at the Center make OSU an excellent place to pursue the study of the coastal and ocean environments and coastal communities.

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Ocean11 Marine Club

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Ocean11 is a transdisciplinary marine club that provides opportunities for OSU students to grow academically, professionally, socially and experientially with the ocean and coasts. Through club activities, students will contribute to local communities, network with professionals and other students, connect with students and faculty from other OSU colleges, departments and disciplines, and communicate the values of the marine environment to students and the public. Students will broaden and deepen their experiences interacting with the ocean, coasts and associated social cultures. Those in leadership positions will develop greater leadership and communication skills. Interested in joining Ocean11 or interested in finding out more?

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