Summer courses on the coast and at Hatfield are hands-on. Students explore Oregon’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and their fantastic species diversity. They also have an opportunity to be trained in field and lab data collection and conservation approaches.

Oceanographic cruises, seabird and marine mammal observations, and field trips to coastal parks and marine reserves are all part of the learning adventure at Hatfield.


details about summer field courses on the Oregon coast

  • All students pay OSU in-state tuition. 
  • Summer session provides flexibility for both students interested in spending a full summer term at Hatfield and for students with more limited schedules. Courses are offered in two four-week and one three-week sequences. Students can earn 6-9 quarter credits in four weeks and 16-17 quarter credits in 11 weeks.
  • Registration for the summer session begins in April, and the first session starts in June.
  • Students enrolled in the summer program can live on-site in Hatfield housing and be close to classes, the Guin Library, seminars and recreational activities. For summer 2023, housing will be limited. Applications for summer housing will be accepted starting in April. Housing scholarships are available through the Cecil and Martha MacGregor Summer Housing Scholarship in Marine Science.
  • Learn about the travel options available for getting to the Hatfield campus including the Coastal Travel Assistance Program supported by Marine Studies Initiative at OSU. This program helps defer the cost of traveling to the coast, subsidizing tickets for qualifying purposes - classes, field trips, tours, lectures, events and other degree-supporting work at Hatfield.
  • The course schedule is listed below, though offerings are subject to change.
  • 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. For the complete listing and prerequisites for summer classes offered at Hatfield, see the OSU summer schedule.

Registering for the summer session

Are you an OSU student? If yes, talk to your advisor and contact us about how courses on the coast can advance your degree. Registration is identical to registration for all OSU classes.

Are you from another school? We look forward to meeting you in Oregon! Many schools have tuition and credit transfer agreements with OSU. Please talk with your advisor and contact us for more information.

Courses in Summer 2023 (as of January 2023). Course information is subject to change, including additional courses.

This flyer includes an entire summer program overview. See a block schedule version of the summer courses.


June 20-23 (1 week, OSU Session 6)

ART 399/499/599 Special Topics: Creative Coast (Cape Perpetua) M/T/W/Th/F All day 4


June 26-July 21 (4 weeks, OSU Session 2)

Choose one or two courses

BI 353 - Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystems * T/TH mornings 4
BOT 417 / BOT 517 - Phycology M/W/F mornings 4
FW 331 - Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds M/W afternoons 4
FW 324 - Food From the Sea * T/Th afternoons 4
*The only overlap in courses is BI 353 and FW 324  on T/Th    


July 24 - August 18 (4 weeks, OSU Session 4)

Choose one or two courses

FW 302 - Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals * T/Th mornings 4
OC 340 - Biological Oceanography * T/Th afternoons 4
OC 332 - Coastal Oceanography - CANCELED T/Th mornings 4
Z 461/IB 561 - Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology M/W/F mornings 4
*The only overlap in courses is FW 302 and OC 340 on T/Th.    


August 21 - September 8 (3 weeks, OSU Session 5)

FW 498 / FW 598 - Aquaculture Laboratory M/T/W/Th/F 3


BI / ENSC / FW / OC 401 - Research and Scholarship credit available*

BI / ENSC / FW / OC / MAST 410 - Internship credit available*

*Contact your academic department advisor and