Spring term 2013

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Published by Oregon State Ecampus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; Vol. 15, No. 3

Spring edition — Feb. 21, 2013

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Important dates and information

By our count, there are 554 courses in 81 subjects offered online by Oregon State Ecampus this spring. That's a lot to wrap your head around, which is why it helps to have a friend make recommendations. (Wait, we're friends, right?)

This newsletter features a handful of highlighted courses and other resources to help you prepare to spend your spring with Ecampus. And we also have information on an opportunity to study in Costa Rica this fall.

Student studying on a laptopSpring term
Priority registration begins Sunday, Feb. 24
Classes begin April 1
View the spring schedule of classes.

Summer term
Registration for all students begins April 14
Most classes begin June 24
View the summer schedule of classes

Controversial hemp is a jack of all trades

WSE 266 -- Industrial Hemp

WSE 266 - Industrial HempThe hemp plant has a variety of functions, and this bacc core course examines the botany, agronomy, history and use of the hemp plant for food, fiber, and building products. WSE 266 is the authoritative introduction for those students interested in knowing more about this renewable material.

This is one of the world's only college-level, credit-based courses on industrial hemp, and instructors Anndrea Hermann and John Simonsen have assembled many subject-area experts to share their knowledge with students. The course will feature more than two dozen guest lecturers from all over, including Ireland, South Africa and Uruguay.

See the sample course syllabus.

Taking a look at animals from the inside out

ANS 378 -- Animal Genetics

ANS 378 -- Animal GeneticsAn active learning environment often yields the best results, and professor Timothy Hazzard, Ph.D., employs that type of approach in his dynamic class on animal genetics.

Take part in small and large group discussions and debates as you use your understanding of the material to solve problems and analyze issues. One such debate asks classmates to objectively consider the pros and cons of genetically modified food products.

This course introduces students to basic concepts of animal breeding and genetics, examining genetic principles and their application to the improvement of domestic animals. Hazzard also uses multimedia to help explain course concepts, including, for example, a 3D animated video that illustrates the impact of individual genes on a cow's hair color.

See the sample course syllabus.

Learn how to turn yardwork into artwork

HORT 315 -- Sustainable Landscapes

HORT 315 -- Sustainable LandscapesThe term landscape maintenance might trigger bad memories of your parents making you mow the lawn or rake leaves, but there is actually a science and an art to keeping an exterior environment thriving and under control. This course will teach you sensible, sustainable ways to maintain plants in the environment with the least amount of input.

Instructor Al Shay utilizes video demonstrations to perfection as the class explores basic landscape maintenance procedures that are appropriate for various parts of the country. You'll learn how to properly plant trees and shrubs, promote conservation, protect native ecosystems in the urban and rural-urban fringe and plenty more.

See the sample course syllabus.

What's your role in society? Find out here

PHL 207 -- Political Philosophy

PHL 207 -- Political PhilosophyEnhance your understanding of the world you live in as well as your rights and obligations as a citizen in Marta Kunecka's bacc core course on the philosophical nature of politics. You and your classmates will engage in a quarter-long conversation that, in part, asks questions about the role of the state, the value of democracy and its possible alternatives.

Upon completing the course, you'll be equipped with the necessary tools to re-evaluate, formulate and strengthen your own perspective on the political life and your own place in society. This highly interactive class tries to discover how things should be and not only describe how things are.

See the sample course syllabus.

Be part of the solution to rescue forests

MNR 530 -- Tropical Forest Ecology and Management

MNR 530 -- Tropical Forest Ecology and ManagementThe world's tropical forests are in peril, and people who can develop strategies to sustainably manage and restore the parks are needed to keep the ecological threats at bay. That's where this new class -- and you -- come into play.

Using some of the world's tropical forests as case studies, MNR 530 emphasizes the ecology of the parks and provides a comprehensive understanding of the common patterns found within them. Instructor Seema Mangla will guide students through discussions on a wide range of topics, including the major barriers (social, economic, and political) that allow these threats to persist.

See the sample course syllabus.

Hybrid class involves web, trip to Costa Rica

FOR 365 -- Current Issues in Natural Resources

Want to see where your bananas and coffee come from -- and at the same time knock out a bacc core requirement? Well, here's your ticket to paradise.

FOR 365 -- Current Issues in Natural ResourcesThis fall term hybrid class (part online, part face-to-face) explores current and historical human uses of resources and how we can develop sustainable solutions to curb resource consumption. The course will be conducted online for nine weeks before you and your classmates travel to Costa Rica for 11 days.

You'll tour fruit and coffee plantations, explore mysteries of the "cloud forests," learn about sea turtle conservation and dive into the environmental, economic and social issues covered online in class.

Most of the costs of the class and the trip are allowable educational expenses and covered by financial aid. Contact instructor Ron Reuter for information. (Professor Reuter is currently on sabbatical, but include "FOR 365" in your email subject line, and he'll respond.).

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Find more new, updated online courses

Whether you need a bacc core course or an engaging elective, Ecampus offers plenty of new and updated online courses this term.

Take advantage of our step-by-step registration guide for a seamless process to enroll in courses, and don't forget to order your textbooks early from the OSU Beaver Store to receive them before the term starts.

Contact Ecampus Enrollment Services via email or call 800-667-1465 for more information.

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