Curriculum: B.S. Natural Resources – Online

As a natural resources major at OSU, you will study a diverse curriculum featuring science and management of resources; social, economic and political influences on resource use and environmental policy; and you learn how to problem solve complex, sensitive natural resources issues in an atmosphere of diverse opinions.

This is a 180-credit undergraduate program at the end of which you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State University.

Natural resources students complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  2. Natural resources core: at least 74 credits
  3. Natural resources breadth: 21 credits
  4. Specialty option (Pick one: fish and wildlife conservation, human dimensions in natural resources, landscape analysis, natural resource policy management, or urban forest landscapes): 40+ credits
  5. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper division credits. To view the natural resources major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Course topics in this program:

  • Forest biology
  • Managing natural resources
  • GIS
  • Mammal conservation
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Rangeland management
  • Natural resources policy and law
  • Wetlands and riparian ecology
  • National park geology and preservation
  • Environmental sociology
  • Urban forestry
  • Ecological restoration

Want to know how the natural resources degree compares to the online degrees in fisheries and wildlife sciences or environmental sciences? Check out this degree comparison.

Transfer credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. For example, combine natural resources and a business, chemistry, environmental sciences, U.S. history, or anthropology minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 

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