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The mission of the Oceans Department is to discover, educate, and innovate to support a known, sustainable, and equitable ocean. Faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral scholars advance ocean research, education, and impact through interdisciplinary collaboration, technology development, user-inspired research, and immersive education and training. The Oceans Department brings together ocean sciences – including biological, physical, and social sciences – and technology to advance exploration and knowledge of our blue planet and pursue solutions that tackle the most pressing challenges in climate and sustainability.

Degree programs

Undergraduate opportunities

Stanford undergraduate students interested in ocean research can pursue oceans-related courses and majors via the Department of Biology or Earth Systems.
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Graduate program

The objectives of the doctoral program in Oceans are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative and original investigations into oceans-related research, in order to advance exploration and knowledge of our blue planet and tackle the most pressing challenges in climate and sustainability.

Learn moreStanford Graduate Admissions

Oceans research at Stanford

Our faculty and students engage with partners on ocean research across the university. 

Hopkins Marine Station

Above the water, Hopkins Marine Station can be seen in the background. Underwater, divers move close to the surface

Many of our faculty work at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove where students and researchers come together to ask big questions, explore new ideas, and discover how and why things work.

Center for Ocean Solutions

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We partner with the Center for Ocean Solutions at the Woods Institute for the Environment to translate research insights into solutions at scale with collaborators across the globe.

Marine operations

Divers getting ready to go out in a boat

Learn about required training and procedures for boating, diving, and working in the tidal zone at Hopkins Marine Station and the surrounding marine protected area.

Oceans events

Oceans news

  • "Throughout my freshman year, I have had the privilege to visit Hopkins through two introductory seminars (IntroSems) in marine biology, BIO 12N: 'The Sensory Ecology of Marine Animals' and OCEANS 6N: 'Ocean Conservation: Pathways to Solutions.'" Reflections from student Helen Katz.

    The Stanford Daily
  • New research shows the major factors that help coral larvae settle and survive are the nearshore current and the physical features of the seafloor. The work could help identify sites where future reefs will be most viable and highlights a need to better protect these coral nurseries.

    Arizona State University