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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, Earth Systems or Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Earth Systems
Environmental Systems Engineering

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.

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Oceans research at Stanford

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

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.

The Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML)

Research in EFML is home to state-of-the-art field and laboratory equipment to study pressing problems in environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics, hydrology, and water resources. 

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.

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.

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