Marine Studies

Marine Studies

Marine studies doesn’t just happen on a boat or in a laboratory. It happens in the boardroom, at the engineer’s desk and in the artist’s studio.

The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and impacts all of its physical, biological, chemical and geological processes. Yet for all the ocean’s power, it faces equally daunting challenges.

Climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, variable fish stocks and rising sea levels are just some of the pressures facing marine habitats, nearshore ecosystems and coastal communities. To preserve its vitality, the ocean needs people in every discipline to show up — to take their place as an advocate for marine flourishing.

The good news is Oregon State University has been a leading force in marine studies for decades — and you can join in. You’ll learn from faculty who are experts in their fields and can spend part of your college career in an unparalleled living-learning laboratory: the spectacular Oregon Coast.

Because the issues facing the ocean are multifaceted, Oregon State takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining teaching from multiple colleges to give you the comprehensive skills needed to solve complex problems.

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