Summer Courses

Summer School at the Coast


Summer courses at Hatfield are a hands-on, immersive learning experience. Students have a unique opportunity to explore the diversity of Oregon's coastal and ocean ecosystems while being 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.

Summer Coastal Course Details

  • All students pay OSU in-state tuition. 
  • The summer session provides flexibility for students interested in spending a full summer term at Hatfield and students with more limited schedules. Courses are offered in two four-week and one three-week sequence. Students can earn 6-9 quarter credits in four weeks and 16-17 quarter credits in 11 weeks.
  • Registration for the summer session begins on April 15, 2024, 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. Summer housing is limited. Applications for summer housing will be accepted starting April 15, 2024. Housing scholarships are available through the Cecil and Martha MacGregor Summer Housing Scholarship in Marine Science and the MACO Coastal Housing Award.
  • Learn about the travel options available for getting to the Hatfield campus, including the Coastal Travel Assistance Program supported by MACO at OSU. This program helps defer the cost of traveling to the coast and subsidizes 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. See the OSU summer schedule for the complete listing and prerequisites for summer classes offered at Hatfield.
  • Check out available scholarship and award opportunities.


Registering for the summer session

OSU students: 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.

Students from other schools: 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.


OSU Summer Session 6: June 17 - 21 (1 week)


Course Days CREDITS

ART 399/499/599 Special Topics - Creative Coast (Cape Perpetua)

M/T/W/Th/F - all day

OSU Summer Session 2: June 24 - July 19 (4 weeks)

Choose one or two courses


OSU Summer Session 4: July 22-August 16 (4 weeks)

Choose one or two courses

Course Days CREDITS

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

Note: The next offering of this field course is Summer 2026.

M/W afternoons 4
OC 433/OC 544 - Coastal & Estuarine Oceanography T/TH afternoons 3
Course Days Credits
FW 302 - Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals T/Th mornings 4
Z 461 - Marine and Estuarine Invertebrate Zoology M/W/F mornings 4
FW 461X/FW561X - Introduction to Marine Bioacoustics M/W mornings 3
OSU Session 5: August 19 - September 6 (3 weeks)


Course Days Credits
FW 498/FW 598 - Aquaculture Laboratory M/T/W/Th/F 3
FW 568 - Human Dimensions of Marine Mammal Conservation M/W/F afternoons 4
MAST 406 Project - Thinking with Oceans Sept. 3-6 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 [email protected]