Since 1924, UO students have traveled to the Southern Oregon coast for summer session classes in marine biology. In 1931, the university opened OIMB in Charleston, a quaint coastal town with access to the ocean, just two-and-a-half hours from the main campus in Eugene.
Courses are offered during the first eight weeks of summer term. There are also several two-week and weekend workshops. Courses are open to qualified students from all institutions as well as continuing education students. Courses meet for at least seven hours a day and are designed for upper-division biology majors, environmental studies/science majors, and graduate students in these disciplines.