Come and indulge your curiosity about the natural world in ways you've never imagined before! With small class sizes and the outside-the-classroom attention provided by it's faculty, Hopkins provides a small liberal arts college experience with the backing of a world premier research university. Be sure to check out the Faculty Awards, many of which are for teaching and supporting undergraduate research. See Samantha's blog about being here.
Most of the courses at Hopkins have labs or hands-on experiences. Marine Biology is one of six specialized fields of study within the Biology major at Stanford. Hopkins courses fulfill many of the requirements in this track. However, the breadth of Hopkins coursework allows students in other Biology tracks and in other departments (such as Earth Systems, Human Biology, Geology, and even humanities departments) to fulfill major requirements.
Independent research, for which credit is given, is encouraged. Many undergraduates publish work done here during class or a summer internship. Research done at Hopkins can be used for an honors project/thesis. You will be able to work one-on-one with professors in a way that is unlike almost anything else you can find at Stanford. This not only complements the in-class learning experience, it also gives you first hand insights into how real science gets done and the potential of science and research as a career.
Learning at Hopkins Marine Station doesn't just happen in the classroom. Check out our offering of field courses where you can spend time sailing the South Pacific, re-visiting sites in Baja and the Sea of Cortez described by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, or diving underwater to study the kelp forests of Monterey Bay.