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Natural Resources Graduate Major (MNR) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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Graduate Areas of Concentration

Fisheries management, geographic information science (GIScience), marine resources management, sustainable natural resources, water conflict management and transformation

The MNR is a 45-credit online degree program with curriculum organized into three sections: core (18 credits), area of emphasis (18 credits), and capstone project (9 credits). It will be taught entirely online through OSU Ecampus, although it may be possible for some students to work toward the MNR degree while in-residence at OSU. Most of the courses for the MNR degree are already taught both in-residence and online, although some modification to certain in-residence courses will be necessary to be included in the proposed online curriculum.

The MNR degree will be offered as a non-thesis option only, similar to a Master of Business Administration, Master of Agriculture, or Master of Forestry. The MNR curriculum will facilitate learning by natural resource professionals who work in settings that require cross-disciplinary competency to find solutions to natural resource problems. Integration of multiple disciplines occurs through the curriculum, assignments, and a case study project. All MNR students will integrate concepts and approaches developed throughout the entire program to complete a final case study project.

Core Courses

18 credits are required from three thematic areas. These must be courses that are not already being used to satisfy units in the area of emphasis.

Theme: Overview/Introduction (3)

MNR 511. Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

Theme: Ecology/Production (6)

CSS 599. Special Topics in Crop Science and Social Science (1–3)
FES 537. Belowground Ecosystems (3)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
FES/FW 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FS 548. Biology of Invasive Plants (3)
FW 527. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 535. Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW/HSTS 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FW 581. Wildlife Ecology (4)
MNR 530. Tropical Forest Ecology and Management (3)
RHP 583. Radiation Biology (3)
RHP 588. Radioecology (3)
SNR 530. Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 531. Sustainable Silviculture (1)
SNR 532. Planning Agroforestry Projects (2)
SNR 533. Alternative Forest Products (1)
SNR 534. Reduced Impact Timber Harvest (1)
SNR 535. Sustainable Management of Aquatic/Riparian Resources (1)

Theme: Human Systems (6 credits from at least 3 of the 5 areas)

AREC/AEC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
SNR 521. Economics of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
GEO 599. Special Topics (1–3)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
SOC 526. Social Inequality (4)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)
SNR 520. Socially Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

PHL 540. Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 543. World View and Environmental Values (3)
SNR 522. Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (1)
WGSS 550. Ecofeminism (3)
WGSS 525. Gender and Technology (3)

COMM 59X. Environmental Conflict Resolution (3)[Pending submission and approval of a proposal]
FES 593. Environmental Interpretation (4)
GEO 518. Geosciences Communication (3)
PS 515. Politics and the Media (4)

Theme: Methodology (select 3 credits)

BOT 540. Field Methods in Vegetation Science (4)
CH 590. Computer Programming for Scientists (3)
FS 523. Natural Resources Data Analysis (4)
GEO 565. Geographic Information Systems and Science (3)
GEO 580. Advanced GIS Applications in the Geosciences (4)
ST 511. Methods of Data Analysis (4)
ST 512. Methods of Data Analysis (4)

Area of Emphasis (18 credits)

Students may select a certificate listed below or design their own option. A certificate may not be used to satisfy core requirements.

Master of Natural Resources Contact: Badege Bishaw
Geographic Information Science (GIScience) Contact: Kuuipo Walsh
Marine Resources Management (MRM) Contact: Michael Harte
Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR) Contact: Badege Bishaw
Water Conflict Management and Transformation (WCMT) Contact: Lynette de Silva
Fisheries Management Contact: Dan Edge or Selina Heppell
Design own option (no certificate) Contact: Badege Bishaw

Capstone Project (9 credits)

Choose one option below:

Option 1: MNR 560. Master’s Case Study (9)
Option 2: 6–7 credits of MNR plus 2–3 credits from in independent study project that was completed as part of an 18-credit graduate certificate.

Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Major Code: 2430

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