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Online students participate in on-campus research event, share their unique interests

Oregon State online students participate in the on-campus research event, Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence, to advance their skills, career outlook and connect with the university.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna Jordan walks outdoors and carries a tablet in the bend of her left arm.

Experiential learning led to flourishing career prospects for fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna

New textbooks, classmates from all over the world, the cover of the forest, calls from birds unseen, the fresh smell of soil (and sometimes fish). These are all the well-known staples of a college classroom. At least, that’s what Jordan Levi came to expect of her learning environments while enrolled online in the Oregon State University Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s degree program.

A map of the United States with different regions marked in green, purple and orchid shades.

Oregon State taps into big data with new online bachelor’s in geography & geospatial science

To meet the demand for geography and geospatial professionals in the national job market, Oregon State University now offers a bachelor’s degree in geography and geospatial science 100 percent online, giving learners everywhere access to highly transferable skills in order to harness the power of “big data” analysis and geovisualization and build a career in almost any field or economic sector.

Maria Carpenter sits outside and uses a silver laptop.

With a dream at close range, no obstacle is too great

No obstacle could stand in the way as Maria Carpenter pursued her agricultural sciences degree – not her additional responsibilities as a parent and employee, nor a breast cancer diagnosis that came shortly after beginning her degree program.

Chris Holt wears his black graduation cap and gown and a black "Class of 2018" stole. Oregon State's mascot Benny the Beaver stands on Chris' left side, wearing a white Beavers jersey.

Sometimes the right career move brings you closer to home

Chris Holt was well-settled into a career that was stable and provided for his family, but when the long hours kept him away from home too often and his passion for plants pulled him in a new direction, he chose to follow the call. The hands-on experience he gained in the horticulture program led him outdoors to conduct field work for his courses, into his dream job as a middle school agriculture teacher – and most importantly, back home, where he can spend more valuable time with his family.

Evan Huegel wears his work uniform and stands in front of his Department of Natural Resources law officer truck.

Out of the park and into the woods

“Getting my degree was by no means ‘easy,’ as it shouldn’t be,” says fisheries and wildlife sciences alum Evan Huegel. “However, going to Oregon State made it an enjoyable and academically challenging experience. After graduating, it is safe to say I was fully prepared to take on whatever the real world had to throw at me.”

A screenshot of the virtual greenhouse used in Alyssa Duval's online classrooms. On the nearest table in the greenhouse, there are several potted plants with white label cards in front of them.

Virtually bringing students closer to nature

Oregon State Ecampus students are experts at adapting to their environment. They turn coffee shops into classrooms and living rooms into lecture halls. But for students taking crop science classes online, they needed a more lifelike way to learn about plants from a distance. And now they’re getting their hands “dirty” by digging into a variety of crops in a 3D virtual greenhouse.

Fisheries and wildlife sciences alumna Erin Mathias is pictured standing to the left of a rhinoceros at the Oregon Zoo. Erin is smiling and resting one hand on the rhino's snout. She wears a gray and orange Oregon State zip-up jacket.

The first in a legacy of many

The past does not dictate the possibilities for one’s future. Erin Mathias knows this firsthand. She enrolled online in the Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences program to pursue her dream career, becoming the role model she needed when she was younger and serving as inspiration to her siblings and African American girls who want to enter STEM fields.