Marine Conservation and Management – Hybrid Minor

Make an impact at a critical time for marine life

Follow your passion to help protect and sustain living marine resources by earning your marine conservation and management minor online with Oregon State University.

With a heavy focus on marine vertebrates and conservation science, this program will enable you to balance economic and environmental interests in fisheries and wildlife conservation with an emphasis on marine ecosystems. You’ll also learn to blend knowledge of stock assessments, management regimes and policies to explain what it takes to develop a sustainable fishery.

Experiential learning opportunities on the Oregon coast

You have the unique opportunity to take courses on the coast in Newport at HMSC. Short, intensive experiential learning courses are offered during summer and early fall terms and provide hands-on marine experiences that stimulate and educate.


The classes in this 27-credit minor are taught by research faculty in Oregon State’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. This gives you the opportunity to learn from instructors with special expertise in the conservation and management of marine vertebrates, their marine and nearshore habitats and aquaculture.

The minor curriculum includes FW 426, a hybrid course that includes a four-day, on-site requirement. Held prior to the start of fall term at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, Oregon, the site-based component is followed by online coursework throughout the fall.

For curriculum details, visit OSU’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Coastal ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Food from the sea
  • Multicultural perspectives in natural resources
  • Aquatic botany
  • Marine mammal conservation
  • History of fishes
  • Fishery biology
  • Aquaculture
  • Field methods for marine research

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their expertise, research and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you’ll receive the same certificate and transcript as OSU’s on-campus students.