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
$309 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.
Delivery
100% online You can complete all courses in this program 100% online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. Natural Resources – Online

Curriculum

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 us your new knowledge to solve complex, challenging natural resource issues in an atmosphere of diverse options.

Degree requirements

As a natural resources student, you must complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  2. Natural resources requirements
  3. Specialty option (see section below for list of options: 40+ credits
  4. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper division credits. To view the natural resources major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official academic catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Speciality options

You can tailor your program studies to meet your interests by choosing from one of the following options. Alternatively, 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

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 credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. For example, combine natural resources and a business, botany, chemistry,  education, or  sustainability minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. You may also add an undergraduate certificate such as Geographic Information Science.

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