Courses: Master of Natural Resources – Online

The 45-credit online Master of Natural Resources program offered through Oregon State University has the following courses available to students to complete the program. All students work with an academic advisor to determine the best selection of courses based on a students goals and career plans.

Core Courses (18 credits from three thematic areas)

THEME: Overview/Introduction (3)

  • MNR 511 - Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

THEME: Ecology/Production (6)

  • CROP 599 - Special Topics in Crop Science and Social Science (1–3)
  • FES 536 - Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
  • FES/FW 545 - Ecological Restoration (4) 
  • FES/HORT 547 - Arboriculture (4)
  • FES 548 - Biology of Invasive Plants (3)
  • FES/BI/TOX/MCB 535 - Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
  • FES 560 - Green Infrastructure (4)
  • FW 519 - The Natural History of Whales and Whaling (3)
  • FW 521 - Aquatic Biological Invasions (4)
  • FW 527 - Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
  • FW 535 - Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
  • FW 538 - Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Mgmt Lab (2)
  • FW 551 -Avian Conservation and Management (3)
  • FW 554 - Fishery Biology (4)
  • FW 556 - Limnology (5)
  • FW 558 - Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
  • FW 562 - Ecosystem Services (3)
  • FW 563 - Conservation Biology of Wildlife (3)
  • FW/HSTS 570 - Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
  • FW 575 - Wildlife Behavior (4)
  • FW 576 - Fish Physiology (4)
  • FW 579 - Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
  • FW 580 - Stream Ecology (3)
  • FW 581 - Wildlife Ecology (3)
  • FW 583 - Species Recovery Planning and Restoration (3)
  • MNR 530 -Tropical Forest Ecology and Management: A Global Perspective (3)
  • MNR 538 - Adapting Forests to Climate Change (3)
  • MNR 550 - Climate Change Impacts on Forest Ecosystems (3)
  • NSE 583 - Radiation Biology (3)
  • NSE 588 - Radioecology (3)
  • OEAS 540 -The Biogeochemical Earth (4)
  • SNR 511 - Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
  • SNR 530 - Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
  • SNR 531 - Sustainable Silviculture (3)
  • SNR 532 - Planning Agroforestry Projects (2)
  • SNR 533 - Alternative (Nontimber) Forest Products (2)
  • SNR 534 - Reduced Impact Timber Harvest (2)
  • SNR 535 - Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3)
  • SNR 540 - Global Environmental Change (3)

THEME: Human Systems (6 credits from at least 2 of the 5 areas)

Economics

  • AEC 534 - Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
  • FES/MNR 500 - Market Tools for Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (3)
  • FW 537 - Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2)
  • SNR 521 - Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3)

Policy

  • AEC 532 - Environmental law (4)
  • BA 532 - Environmental law, Sustainability, and Business (4)
  • FES/HORT 555 - Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (4)
  • FES 565 - Urban Forestry Leadership (2)
  • FW 515 - Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
  • FW 522 - Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
  • FW 620 - Ecological Policy (3)
  • GEOG 541 - International Water Resources Management (3)
  • GEOG 540 - Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
  • GEOG 552 - Sustainable Site Planning (3)
  • GEOG 599 - Special Studies (1–16)
  • PS 575 - Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
  • PS 577 - International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
  • WRP 521 - Water Conflict Management and Transformation (3)

Sociology

  • ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585 - Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
  • ANTH 581 - Natural Resources and Community Values (4)
  • FES 554 - Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
  • SOC 554 - Leisure and Culture (4)
  • SOC 580 - Environmental Sociology (4)
  • SOC 581 - Society and Natural Resources (4)
  • SNR 520 - Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

Ethics

  • FW 549 - History of Fisheries Science (3)
  • GEOG 564 - Geospatial Intelligence: Security, Surveillance, and Ethics (4)
  • PHL 540 - Environmental Ethics (3)
  • PHL 543 - World View and Environmental Values (3)
  • SNR 522 - Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3)

Communication

  • COMM 550 - Communication and the Practice of Science
  • FES 593 - Environmental Interpretation (4)
  • FW 514 - Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
  • GEO 518 - Geosciences Communication (3)
  • WR 525 - Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing (4)

THEME: Methodology (select 3 credits)

  • BOT 540 - Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
  • CH 590 - Computer Programming for Scientists (3)
  • FW 524 - Introduction to Fisheries Assessment (3)
  • GEOG 560 - GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
  • GEOG 561 - GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
  • GEOG 580 - Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)

Area of Emphasis (18 credits)

 Independent Study (9 credits)

  • MNR 560-  Master's Case Study (9). The Capstone Project integrates all course work, readings, and assignments from the MNR program and helps students address natural resource problems of local or regional importance. Case study projects provide students with experience that approximates a future work environment, while also providing client organizations with solutions to complex natural resource issues and useful products.
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