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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), sustainable natural resources, water conflict management and transformation

Also available via Ecampus.


The MNR is a 45-credit online degree program with curriculum organized into three sections: core (18 credits), an area of emphasis (18 credits), and capstone project (9 credits). It is taught entirely online through OSU Ecampus, although some students work toward the MNR degree while in residence at OSU.

The MNR degree is offered as a non-thesis option only with a capstone project, rather than a thesis. The MNR contemporary content is for 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 integrate concepts and approaches developed throughout the entire program in 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) Ecampus only.

Theme: Ecology/Production (6)

CROP 599. Special Topics in Crop Science and Social Science (1–3)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
FES 537. Belowground Ecosystems (3)
FES/FW 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES 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) Ecampus only.
FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FW 581. Wildlife Ecology (3)
MNR 530. Tropical Forest Ecology and Management (3) Ecampus only.
NSE 583. Radiation Biology (3)
NSE 588. Radioecology (3)
SNR 530. Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3) Ecampus only.
SNR 531. Sustainable Silviculture (3) Ecampus only.
SNR 532. Planning Agroforestry Projects (2) Ecampus only.
SNR 533. Alternative (Nontimber) Forest Products (2) Ecampus only.
SNR 534. Reduced Impact Timber Harvest (2) Ecampus only.
SNR 535. Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3) Ecampus only.

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

AEC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
SNR 521. Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3) Ecampus only.

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. Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3) Ecampus only.

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

FES 593. Environmental Interpretation (4)
GEO 518. Geoscience Communication (3)
PS 515. Politics and the Media (4) [Terminated fall 2016]

Theme: Methodology (select 3 credits)

BOT 540. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4) Ecampus only.
CH 590. Computer Programming for Scientists (3)
FES 524. Natural Resources Data Analysis (4)
GEO 565. Geographic Information Systems and Science (3)
   or GEOG 560. GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
GEO 580. Advanced GIS Applications in the Geosciences (4)
   or GEOG 561. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (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
Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR) Contact: Badege Bishaw
Water Conflict Management and Transformation (WCMT) Contact: Lynette de Silva
Fisheries Management Contact: Selina Heppell
Design own option (no certificate) Contact: Badege Bishaw

Capstone Project (1–9 credits)

Choose one option below:
Option 1: MNR 560. Master’s Case Study (1–9) Ecampus only.
Option 2: 6–7 credits of MNR plus 2–3 credits from an 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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