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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.

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Oregon State online classes are in a class of their own

At Oregon State University Ecampus, we have a proud history of pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in higher education. Our track record of success spans decades and can be measured across 110-plus subject areas. What’s the common thread that ties it all together? Oregon State Ecampus online courses set the industry standard for excellence.

Two chemists in a lab use markers to write on a clear board. Online chemistry

Best in class: Oregon State online chemistry is at the top of its game

The Oregon State Department of Chemistry’s early start and ongoing commitment to outstanding teaching, experiential learning and advising have set its online chemistry courses apart. OSU offers some of the highest quality online chemistry courses in the country.

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An online business analytics degree for a data-driven workforce

Given its ubiquity across industries, analytics skills are in high demand in the job market, and research shows the trend is expected to continue. That’s, in part, why Oregon State Ecampus launched its online business analytics bachelor’s program. “(Companies) realize by analyzing this data, they can identify new solutions to optimize their business practices and to identify new sources of income,” says Bin Zhu, associate professor of business information systems in the College of Business.

Beaver swimming

Oregon State brings its zoology expertise online with first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree

Oregon State University has launched the nation’s first online bachelor’s degree program in zoology, combining OSU’s expertise in the life sciences with its industry-leading work in online education to provide students with a solid foundation in the biological sciences at all levels.

Experiential opportunities transform learning for Oregon State’s online students

Oregon State University Ecampus students don’t just learn their course material — they live it. Through experiential learning opportunities such as field trips, internships, research and study abroad, online students connect with people and places that enhance their learning and career prospects.

Tommy Sheridan, Oregon State Ecampus alum, at work in a crabbing factory in Alaska.

Remote studies, experiential learning push forward fisheries career

Forging a career in Alaska’s seafood industry isn’t easy – but Oregon State Ecampus alum Tommy Sheridan can’t picture himself anywhere else. While living and working in Alaska, his Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate and Professional Science Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration offered ample career growth. Now, with a gift to Oregon State Ecampus through the OSU Foundation, Tommy is encouraging future fisheries students to follow in his wake.

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.

Demian Hommel is sitting in front of a large window and two large potted plants. He wears a plaid button up shirt with a black suit jacket and gestures with his hands as he talks. Out of focus in front of him is Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, the Ecampus assistant director of research. Mary Ellen has dark brown hair and wears a vibrant blue shirt and a blue and white scarf.

Rallied by research

When Demian Hommel applied for the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Fellows Program, he carried the seed of an idea: Experiential education can transform a student’s understanding of a concept into real-world circumstances, so it should be offered equally to learners in online and traditional classroom settings. What he didn’t know was that sowing the seed of this idea through his research project could help sprout a grassroots community of advocates like him.