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Imagine waking up every day just minutes away from some of the most wild, pristine and vibrant coastline in California. See yourself venturing into the ocean to explore its depths aboard a 91 foot research vessel, or wading into rocky tidepools to study sea stars and other intriguing types of marine life. This vision can become a reality with Rising Tides - the beginning of your pathway to not just learning marine science, but to being a marine scientist.

As part of the program you will:

  • Join a community of first-year students who are engaged and excited about studying Marine Biology or Oceanography.

  • Be automatically enrolled in the classes you need your first year, all of which count towards any degree at HSU.

  • Participate in Rising Tides courses that will introduce you to the University, your major, and what it means to be a marine scientist.

  • Have the option to live on campus with other Rising Tides students.

  • Have the opportunity to arrive on campus four days early and participate in a Summer immersion field trip to explore marine environments and cultures near Humboldt and Trinidad Bays.

  • Get to know the faculty, staff, HSU students, and other marine professionals in the community who will help you grow personally and academically.

  • Learn that solving the biggest social and environmental probelms require good science, critical thinking, a commitment to social justice, and effective communication.