Hatfield Marine Science Center

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers a variety of courses relating to coastal ecology and the management of natural resources. Our program is designed to provide a diverse array of hands-on educational experiences as well as traditional classroom instruction.

The Fall program includes a field-oriented course in Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (CERM) FW 426/526. This five-credit course is taught by a team of faculty and agency scientists and is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, on the coast in Newport, Oregon.  The class consists of a one-week intensive field lab and lecture series, followed by weekly seminars, discussions, and field trips for the term. Students learn basic biological, chemical, and physical processes of coastal habitats and some of the issues associated with human use of coastal resources. The course is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students from any department but is of particular interest to those majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, or Natural Resources. 

Courses offered for Summer 2019 include:

  • FW 301: Field Techniques in Marine Mammal Conservation
  • FW 302: Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals
  • FW 331: Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds
  • FW 421/521: Aquatic Biological Invasions
  • FW 493: Field Methods for Marine Research
  • FW 498/598 Aquaculture Laboratory

Fall 2019 course offerings: 

  • FW 323: Management Principles of Pacific Salmon in the Northwest
  • FW 401: Research Experience/Internship
  • FW 407/507: HMSC Seminar
  • FW 419/519: The Natural History of Whales and Whaling
  • FW 426/526: Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (CERM)
  • FW 434/534: Estuarine Ecology
  • FW 464/564: Marine Conservation Biology
  • FW 469/569: Behavior and Physiology of Marine Megafauna
  • FW 474: Early Life History of Fishes

Frequently Asked Questions About the HMSC Fall Program

Who should attend the fall program?

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in coastal ecology, marine fish ecology, and the management of natural resources can participate in the Fall program.

Most of the courses in our program are currently offered as 400/500-level splits (undergrad/grad), with additional laboratory or primary literature discussions for graduate students. Many courses have pre-requisites - please check the schedule and contact us if you have questions. Registration for OSU students is identical to registration for classes on campus. Students from other institutions are also encouraged to apply. Many schools have tuition and credit transfer agreements with OSU, and special admissions arrangements can be made.

What is Hatfield Marine Science Center?

In addition to being Oregon State University's primary marine laboratory, the Hatfield Marine Science Center is also home to a number of federal and state natural resource agencies.  Agencies include NOAA'S Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Science Centers, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  

Many scientists at these agencies actively participate in classes and provide internship opportunities, creating an educational opportunity well beyond that which is usually offered in an academic setting. This also presents potential employment prospects for our students.

When does it start?

Fall term begins September 20, 2017. The week prior to fall term is dedicated to the all-day, intensive lecture and field course, Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (FW426/526 CERM). It is recommended that all students attending classes in the program register for this core course. Methods in Physiology and Behavior of Marine Megafauna (FW 469/569) begins before CERM, and the remainder of the course is offered online. 

What does it cost?

Tuition and fees are through Oregon State University and are dependent on the number of credit hours enrolled, residency, term, and campus location. During the summer term, Corvallis-based courses are billed at the in-state tuition and fee rate for all students. Hatfield Marine Science Center based courses are charged the same tuition and fee rate as Corvallis courses. We are also requesting a $80 lab fee from each student enrolled in Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (FW426/526). This will help cover some of the costs for field trips and equipment.

Ecampus (same price for Oregon residents, out-of-state residents, and international residents)
Corvallis/HMSC Campus
Summer Session (all tuition is in-state)

See the Tuition Comparison Chart to compare Ecampus and Corvallis Campus rates. Students taking a mixture of courses pay separate tuition and fees for each campus and those are added together. This can end up being quite expensive so students should talk to an advisor if they are unsure what to do. 

What about housing?

Inexpensive housing is available from dormitory apartments at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  One- and two-bedroom apartments are available on the HMSC campus. Rates depend on the number of students sharing an apartment. For details, please reference HMSC's Housing web page. 

Learn More

For additional information please contact: Itchung Cheung (541) 867-0380 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center or the FW Advising Office (541) 737-4531 or at FW.Advising@oregonstate.edu.