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.

  • Enroll in program-specific sections of major and general education (GE) courses. These courses will demonstrate the link between the three majors as well as relate them to the place where you are choosing to live and study for the next four years.

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

  • Take a Native American Studies course that will connect western science with Indigenous cultures, values, and environmental knowledges

  • 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 Humboldt Immersion field trip to explore marine environments and cultures near Humboldt and Trinidad Bays.

  • Get to know the faculty, staff, Humboldt 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.

Rising Tides at Cal Poly Humboldt



Place-Based Learning Communities at Cal Poly Humboldt