Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. Natural Resources – Online


As a natural resources major at Oregon State, your coursework will feature science and management of natural resources, as well as social, economic and political influences on resource use and environmental policy. At the same time, you will learn how to use your new knowledge to solve complex, challenging natural resource issues in an atmosphere of diverse options.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your bachelor's degree in natural resources. Major requirements and curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

For information about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, visit our bacc core details page.

Specialization options

You can tailor your program studies to meet your interests by choosing from one of the following options. Or you can design your own course of study and submit it for approval with the department:

Sample course topics

  • Forest biology and ecology
  • Managing natural resources for the future
  • Geographic information science
  • Fish and wildlife conservation
  • Wildland fire ecology and management
  • Rangeland management
  • Natural resources policy and law
  • Wetlands and riparian ecology
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Environmental sociology
  • Urban forestry
  • Ecological restoration

Compare natural resources to other OSU online programs

Want to know how the natural resources degree compares to the online degrees in fisheries and wildlife sciences or environmental sciences? Check out the OSU Ecampus degree comparison tool.

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. For example, combine your natural resources studies with a minor in business, botany, chemistry, education or sustainability to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market. You may also add an Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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