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Environmental sciences

A view of a bay with bright blue water in Hawai'i, taken from the Ala Kahakai Trail.

A biological, cultural approach to conservation begins at home – and online

Cayla “La” Crivello wanted to find a way to impact her community without having to leave it. What she found was Oregon State University Ecampus and an environmental sciences degree that she could complete without having to leave Hawai’i. And now? She’s engaging with her local and state government and working in conservation.

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A closer look at 5 online degrees in conservation and natural sciences

Knowing how to take care of the planet and the animals who live here is just one of our areas of expertise at Oregon State. To get there in your career, you can choose from a variety of bachelor’s degree programs that align with your passion for conservation and natural sciences — and they’re all delivered online by OSU Ecampus.

Heath Blackmon, Oregon State University Ecampus environmental sciences graduate and assistant professor at Texas A&M University

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘My Ecampus degree gave me an edge’

“The quality and the rigor of courses that I took at Ecampus were on par with any in-person class and prepared me for a future in science. Even though my classes were taken at a distance, the professors built learning activities that gave me firsthand experience in analyzing and interpreting a range of data from ice core samples to satellite photos.” – OSU Ecampus environmental sciences graduate Heath Blackmon

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.

Jason Deger, an Oregon State Ecampus environmental sciences alum, is standing on the Oregon State Corvallis campus in the Valley Library quad on his graduation day. He is gesturing with open palms near his abdomen as he speaks.

How long do you pursue your goals? As long as it takes

How old were you when you discovered your dream job? Many of us are still trying to figure it out. Not Jason Deger. He knew at a young age – thanks to camping trips with his dad in national parks – that he would someday be a park ranger. It wasn’t a matter of debate. It was a matter of time. And it took years. But he never wavered in his pursuit.

Orman Morton III in a bright green work vest. He is looking up at the top of a long white measuring stick, and in his other hand he holds a small yellow notebook.

Proving his mettle

Two hours before he walked across a stage to accept his Oregon State University diploma, Orman Morton III was asked to reflect on what the feat meant to him. The question caught him off guard. His eyes welled up. His booming voice quivered. In that moment, the events of the years leading to his graduation raced through his mind, and the accomplishment overwhelmed him.