Environmental Sciences - Online Minor

Gain the skills to become a better steward of the planet 

Take an interdisciplinary approach to developing your environmental problem-solving skills, and acquire knowledge that will enable you to pursue a variety of hands-on career paths when you earn an undergraduate minor in environmental sciences online with Oregon State University. This program is offered by Oregon State's College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and delivered online by OSU Ecampus.  

As industries become increasingly aware of their role in protecting our environment, they are in search of professionals who have the know-how and the passion to make an impact in their communities and beyond.


The online courses in the environmental sciences minor provide an opportunity for you to develop a basic background in the natural environmental systems. You'll select classes in the categories of atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. In addition, you'll take courses that explore the relationship between humans and the environment as it relates to economics and policy, ethics, human environment and management.

This is a 27-credit minor program. For curriculum details, visit OSU’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Climate science
  • Ecology
  • Soil science
  • Physical geography
  • Freshwater ecology and conservation
  • Environmental law, policy and economics
  • Multicultural perspectives in natural resources
  • Human impacts on ecosystems
  • Marine conservation biology

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their expertise, research and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you’ll receive the same certificate and transcript as OSU’s on-campus students.