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Oregon State University Ecampus delivers more than 100 degrees, certificates and microcredentials online to students all over the world. The goal is simple: to give you greater access to learning opportunities that blend quality, engagement and innovation.

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36 programs in conservation and natural sciences available

 

Undergraduate degrees (13)

Agricultural Sciences

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Design your own degree in agriculture through flexible curriculum that spans subjects such as agriculture production, leadership, agribusiness, world food crops and sustainability.

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Botany

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Study the biology of plants and fungi through subjects like plant structure, biodiversity and genetics to better understand human impact on plant and ecological systems.

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Crop and Soil Science

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Dig deep into crop and soil science with courses related to natural systems, field crop agriculture, water and soil resource management, and sustainable agriculture practices.

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Environmental Sciences

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Pursue a rigorous, integrative education in science and policy as you learn to address global challenges like climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss as an environmentally focused scientist or analyst.

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Environmental Economics and Policy

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Develop a strong economic skill set – supplemented by education in biological, physical or social sciences – as you prepare for a multifaceted career in environmental analysis.

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Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to maintain balance for fish, wildlife and the delicate environments they live in through science-based curriculum that emphasizes applied ecological principles.

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Geography and Geospatial Science

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Use the power of big data analysis and visualization technologies to explore humanity's relationship with our physical environment and natural, cultural and built resources.

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Horticulture

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Grow your skills in horticultural production through the study of topics such as plant pathology, pest and weed management, applied ecology and agricultural policy.

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Natural Resources

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Explore natural and social sciences through a customizable curriculum that considers the interrelationship between our planet's resources and the human dimensions that impact them.

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Rangeland Science

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Study the ecological, socioeconomic and policy aspects of rangeland management as you prepare yourself for a wide-open career in conserving and managing ecosystems and their resources.

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Sustainability

B.S. (Postbaccalaureate or double degree)
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain interdisciplinary expertise in sustainable practices through this double-degree program, and build a career that can impact all aspects of global business, politics, economics and society.

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Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

B.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to facilitate outdoor experiences that respect and protect natural resources and cultural heritage. Gain real-world skills from a program focused on sustainability, justice and equity.

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Zoology

B.S.
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Study the vast field of animal biology – from DNA to ecosystems – and gain a broad scientific foundation that will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the life sciences.

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Undergraduate certificates (4)

Geographic Information Science (GIScience)

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Discover how to use geographic information technologies, and develop a skill set that is highly valued in science, natural resources, government, industry and business.

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Humanitarian Engineering

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Build technical engineering skills and learn to analyze the social, environmental and economic context as you work with underserved populations to help gain safe access to vital resources.

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Organic Farming Systems

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain the technical skills and knowledge to make agricultural and food systems environmentally, economically and socially sustainable as you build a career in organic farming.

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Urban Agriculture

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to capitalize on new agricultural markets that are not addressed by traditional rural farming through innovative farming techniques that produce dynamic food systems.

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Undergraduate microcredentials (2)

General Chemistry

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn important chemical principles and theories, develop safe laboratory practices and broaden your understanding of the societal implications of chemistry.

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Outdoor Recreation Resource Management

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop practical knowledge and skills for the strategic management of parks and outdoor recreation, including sustainable water and land resource management.

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Graduate degrees (4)

Environmental Sciences

M.S. or PSM
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Choose between two master’s pathways in the environmental sciences. Gain rigorous training and focus on research areas like ecosystem function and health, water and natural resources management, environmental policy, and future climate scenario impacts.

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Fisheries and Wildlife Administration

PSM
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Accelerate your career with advanced training in fish or wildlife biology, ecology, management and conservation. This program is ideal for professionals already working in fish and wildlife administration.

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Geography and Geospatial Science

M.S.
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Apply spatial data analysis to Earth systems and human-environment interactions to address issues ranging from climate resilience and environmental justice to transportation and public health.

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Natural Resources

MNR
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Engage with customizable curriculum based on natural and social sciences as you learn to balance environmental, economic, health and cultural interests within the work of resource management.

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Graduate certificates (12)

Energy Policy

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Broaden your knowledge of U.S. energy policy, how it impacts the development of energy markets, and the technologies and resources currently in use and under development.

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Environmental Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Help organizations build more sustainable practices with skills in environmental management systems, ESG reporting and investing, humanitarian engineering, green infrastructure and more.

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Fisheries Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain the practical skills in biology, assessment science and social science that you need to manage sustainable recreational and commercial fisheries in collaboration with scientists and policymakers.

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Forests and Climate Change

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how climate change impacts forest ecosystems and approaches to improve forest management for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Geographic Information Science

GIScience Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Develop skills in remote sensing, geospatial data collection and analysis, geovisualization and the use of machine learning to measure and model systems of human and environmental interaction.

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Leading and Creating Change

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Using practical methods, develop professional leadership skills that are valued by organizations that prioritize social, organizational and environmental health and justice.

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Organic Agriculture

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Grow your understanding of the science behind organic agroecosystems as well as your ability to manage them as you equip yourself for work in organic food production, policymaking or education.

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Sustainable Natural Resources

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain a holistic view of sustainability as you tackle environmental, economic and social challenges that call for multidisciplinary problem-solving skills and a global perspective of resource management.

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Toxicology

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Explore how toxins impact our environment, human health and food safety and learn how to determine and limit toxicity risks.

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Urban Forestry

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Apply principles of forestry, green infrastructure, horticulture, urban planning and landscape architecture to the stewardship of planted landscapes and native forest remnants in and around cities.

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Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Graduate Certificate
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Help communities manage a crucial natural resource as you facilitate water governance and conflict resolution, drawing on multidisciplinary expertise to balance ecological, social and economic interests.

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Wildlife Management

Graduate Certificate
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Apply a range of applied sciences to manage wildlife populations, with a focus on practical skills that will help you balance habitat conservation and wildlife population dynamics with human dimensions.

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Graduate microcredentials (1)

DEI in Natural Resources

Graduate microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn important DEI, social sustainability and collaborative problem-solving skills that support a more inclusive and effective governance of natural resources.

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