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Natural Resources Degree Checksheet

The Natural Resources (NR) Bachelor of Science degree program provides students with a detailed working knowledge of natural resources, their diversity and interdependence, and the critical relationships between humans and their environment. The program of study is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing a broad spectrum of coursework, while mixing natural resources disciplines from colleges across campus, to include the Colleges of Agricultural Science, Forestry, Liberal Arts, and Science. Because of its flexibility, this program provides students the opportunity to combine areas of particular personal and/or professional interest, maximizing exposure to key natural resources issues and challenges.

You may find the Natural Resources (NR) program suited to your personal and professional goals if you are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to natural resources issues while pursuing a career related to such topics as:

  • Land Use
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest or Arid Land Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Natural Resource Education

Our Academic Advisors work closely with our students to create a degree plan that includes the NR skills and knowledge desired, while helping prepare them for employment in an NR-related field.

Specialty Option

Incorporated into a student’s course of study is the Specialty Option – 40 credits supporting an academic theme related to natural resources. It is in the specialty option that the student develops depth and a particular focus on an area of study in natural resources. Specialty options available to students in the EOANRP include:

Arid Land Ecology
Fish and Wildlife Conservation  

Students may also design their own individualized specialty option (ISO) with the guidance of their academic advisor.

Courses available:

The Natural Resources major requires a year of biology, 1 term of chemistry, plus mathematics, statistics, and public policy courses. 

The Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources curriculum consists of four blocks of study.

  • Baccalaureate Core - A standard set of courses that are required for all Oregon State University students. (This section is waived for Post-Bacclaureate Students.)
  • Natural Resources Core - Foundational courses that will give you a solid background in sciences, math, and policy.
  • Natural Resources Breadth - Upper division (300-400) courses that will broaden your knowledge of the field of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources Specialty Option - Focused areas of study that will tailor your degree to your career interests and goals.

Requirements for the degree and the wide range of course choices are included in the Student Advising Guide and are also available in the OSU General Catalog

Required course will be offered either through on-campus and online instruction.

Minors or supplemental courses are available in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Business Administration, Crop Science, Rangeland Science and Soil Science.

Career Opportunities

Natural Resource students are qualified for, but not limited to:

  • Land manager (federal, state, private) 
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forest & Conservation Technician
  • Restoration practicioner
  • Fish & Game Enforcement
  • Park naturalist
  • Range managers
  • Soil & water conservationist
  • Fire prevention specialist
  • Water resources specialist
  • Remote sensing technician
  • Industrial ecologist
  • Forestry/Conservation teacher