Oceanography at Cal Maritime

Currently accepting applications for fall 2024

Oceanography Program Overview

An immersive SF Bay research experience in the largest estuary on the West Coast


Oceanography from the RV Questuary

A degree, a minor & courses in oceanography


Gain a theoretical background and practical skills in oceanography.

Our Curriculum

Routine Oceanographic Surveys

Faculty and Students 


Be part of an inclusive academic community committed to ocean science and stewardship.  

Our People

Oceanography Questuary

Applications to challenges in marine resource management


Apply foundational knowledge and develop workforce ready skills through research. Build professional networks to launch your career.

Our Work

International Experience in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

A global perspective on ocean literacy & stewardship


Explore diverse marine ecosystems while studying abroad. Learn about applications of new ocean science knowledge in decision-making for managing ocean resources around the globe.

International Experience



Oceanography (OCN) News

View All News

Orienting Oceanographers

Sep 16, 2021

Cal Maritime's brand-new major--oceanography--was launched right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit....

Chrissy Edmiston in front of TSGB

Tiny Hitchhikers

Jul 6, 2021

When Chrissy Edmiston '16 was getting her degree at Cal Maritime in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, she also developed an interest in biofouling while minoring in Marine Science....

San Francisco Estuary

Cal Maritime Pitches in to Protect The San Francisco Estuary

Feb 25, 2021

This spring Dr. Alex Parker, associate professor of oceanography at Cal Maritime, will team up with researchers from San Francisco State University and the University of Maryland on a two-year study....

Jenny Murphy and Close up of barnacle

Not Settling for Science

Nov 19, 2020

In late August Professor Jenny Murphy found herself doing a task students in her marine biology lab usually take on. She built and deployed six "settling plates," attached them to a rope, and suspended them from the floating dock next to The Cub....