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Andrea Fuchs, an Oregon State University Ecampus graduate in fisheries and wildlife sciences, stands on the OSU campus in Corvallis in June 2019.

Oregon State Ecampus graduate ‘shocked’ by her scientific success

As a kid, Andrea Fuchs dreamed of someday working with animals. Those dreams were squelched – at least in her mind – because she struggled in high school math and science classes. She figured she’d never work in an animal sciences-related field without being skilled in those disciplines. But when a web search for reputable online degree programs led her to discover Oregon State’s award-winning fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s program, all she could think about was her childhood aspirations.

A graphic with a trophy icon above the words fisheries and wildlife sciences, John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award, set above the Online Learning Consortium's logo

Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife online program earns prestigious national award

A track record of student success and faculty satisfaction have helped an Oregon State University online bachelor’s degree program be honored as one of the nation’s best. OSU’s fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s program on Tuesday won the Online Learning Consortium’s John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award at a conference in Orlando, Florida.

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.

A close-up of a person's hands as they demonstrate an interactive learning activity in which they measure rocks and soil clumps with a measuring tape. The samples are part of a lab kit sent to students enrolled online in Soil Morphology and Classification.

Oregon State’s online students take education into their own hands through interactive learning activities

Oregon State University students are eager for an education that moves their ideas from concept to action. Online learners are no exception, and through interactive learning opportunities across Oregon State Ecampus degree programs, they’re able to apply their learning right where they live and study.

The Valley Library on Oregon State University's Corvallis Campus is home to OSU Ecampus, which delivers online bachelor's programs to learners worldwide.

Oregon State online bachelor’s programs ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News

Oregon State University’s place among the nation’s best providers of online education has inched closer to the pinnacle amid the release of new rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The 2019 report features Oregon State Ecampus at No. 3 among nearly 400 institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. It’s the fifth consecutive year OSU has made the nation’s top 10 and is the university’s highest placement yet.

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.

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.”

Students at their graduation commencement ceremony wear black caps and gowns. In the center of the crowd, one student with long blonde hair wears a cap with orange cutout letters that read "I did it!"

Oregon State’s online graduating class tops 1,000 for the first time

The map arrived in Lindsay Caplan’s mailbox, having traversed nearly 3,000 miles from Oregon State University to her home in Maryland. It was part of a wilderness excursion for a class in Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program – a hands-on learning activity that helped Caplan develop a strong connection to the university despite living on the opposite side of the country. Now, several years later and without ever setting foot on campus, she’s among a record-setting 1,065 students who will graduate Saturday, June 16, after completing degree requirements online through OSU Ecampus.

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.

Person at computer while on a teleconference

Investing in the future of online education

Who better to help make recommendations about online education than students actually enrolled in the programs? Oregon State’s resounding answer: no one. With their eyes on the emergent future of online learning, Ecampus faculty and students are leaving their mark as members of the Oregon State University Online Education Committee.