Marine Science

Get hands-on learning in marine science. You will work in labs and workshops to observe the natural world at the interface of land and sea, make measurements that determine the health of environments and organisms, and engage in scientific inquiry for sustainable use and conservation of marine habitats. You may also engage with other disciplines, including:

  • Fine arts
  • Sustainability studies
  • Food systems studies
  • Critical theory
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social justice
  • Indigenous studies

Evergreen is located on the Puget Sound, providing direct campus and community access to a dynamic environment where nature, commerce, and maritime communities unite. The beach has a small shellfish farm and a marine aquarium lab where you can observe organisms in their environment or up close with microscopes.

Whether you're interested in a career in the sciences or you love the seashore, you can learn more about the marine environment and marine organisms, take field trips to the beach, and grow live marine organisms.

At the advanced level, you can pursue marine ecology and invertebrate zoology programs that include hands-on training in lab and field analytical techniques, animal observation, research projects and build upon foundational general biology and general chemistry knowledge to apply to the marine environment.

Related Paths

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Bond, Robin analytical chemistry
Chin-Leo, Gerardo oceanography, marine biology
Cook, Amy ecology, vertebrate biology
Thuesen, Erik marine science, zoology, ecophysiology
Yu, Pauline marine science

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Marine Biodiversity
  • Junior
  • Senior
Natural History of the Pacific Northwest
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Student-Originated Studies: Tribal Marine Policy and Sciences
  • Junior
  • Senior
Undergraduate Research with E. Thuesen
  • Junior
  • Senior
Undergraduate Research with P. Yu
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior