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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), 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 four thematic areas. These must be courses that are not already being used to satisfy units in the area of emphasis.

Theme: Overview/Introduction

Select 3 credits from below:
MNR 511. Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
WR 525. Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing (4)

Theme: Ecology/Production

Select 6 credits from below:
BI/FW 564. Marine Conservation Biology (3)
CROP 599. Special Topics in Crop Science and Social Science (1–3)
FE 530. Watershed Processes (4)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
FES 537. Belowground Ecosystems (3)
FES/FW 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/HORT 547. Arboriculture (4)
FES 548. Invasive Plants: Biology, Ecology and Management (3)
FES/BI/TOX/MCB 535. Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES/FW 552. Forest Wildlife Habitat Management (4)
FES 560. Green Infrastructure (4)
FOR 526. Forest Carbon Measurements and Analysis (4) (pending approval #97452)
FW 519. The Natural History of Whales and Whaling (3)
FW 520. Ecology and Management of Marine Fishes (3)
FW 521. Aquatic Biological Invasions (4)
FW 527. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 531. Dynamics of Marine Biological Resources (4)
FW 535. Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW 538. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Mgmt Lab (2)
FW 540. Vertebrate Population Dynamics (4)
FW 551. Avian Conservation and Management (3)
FW 554. Fishery Biology (4)
FW 556. Limnology (5)
FW 558. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW 562. Ecosystem Services (3)
FW 563. Conservation Biology of Wildlife (3)
FW 565. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW/HSTS 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
FW 571. Environmental Physiology of Fishes (4)
FW 573. Fish Ecology and Conservation (4)
FW/OC 574. Early Life History of Fishes (4)
FW 575. Wildlife Behavior (4)
FW 576. Fish Physiology (4)
FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FW 580. Stream Ecology (3)
FW 581. Wildlife Ecology (3)
FW 583. Species Recovery Planning and Restoration (3)
FW 597. Aquaculture (3)
FOR 526. Forest Carbon Measurements and Analysis (4)
MNR 530. Tropical Forest Ecology and Management: A Global Perspective (3)
MNR 538. Adapting Forests to Climate Change (3)
MNR 550. Climate Change Impacts on Forest Ecosystems (3)
MRM 530. Principles and Practice of Marine Resource Management (3)
MRM 535. Rights-Based Fisheries Management (3)
NSE 540. Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Management (4)
NSE 583. Radiation Biology (3)
NSE 588. Radioecology (3)
OEAS 540. The Biogeochemical Earth (4)
SNR 511. Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
SNR 530. Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 531. Sustainable Silviculture and Forest Certification (3)
SNR 532. Planning Agroforestry Projects (2)
SNR 533. Alternative (Nontimber) Forest Products (2)
SNR 534. Reduced Impact Timber Harvest (2)
SNR 535. Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3)
SNR 540. Global Environmental Change (3)
TOX 555. Ecotoxicology: Aquatic Ecosystems (3)

Theme: Human Systems

Select 6 credits from at least 3 of the 5 areas below:

Economics
AEC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
AEC/MRM 552. Marine Economics (3)
FES/MNR 500. Market Tools for Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (3)
FW 537. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2)
SNR 521. Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3)

Policy
AEC 532. Environmental law (4)
BA 532. Environmental law, Sustainability, and Business (4)
ES 544. Native American Law: Tribes, Treaties, and the U.S. (4)
FES/HORT 555. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (4)
FES 565. Urban Forestry Leadership (2)
FW 515. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
FW 522. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
GEO 599. Special Topics (1–3)
GEOG 540. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 541. International Water Resources Management (3)
GEOG 552. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
WRP 521. Water Conflict Management and Transformation (3)

Sociology
ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ANTH 581. Natural Resources and Community Values (4)
FES 554. Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
SOC 554. Leisure and Culture (4)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)
SNR 520. Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

Ethics
FW 549. History of Fisheries Science (3)
GEOG 564. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, & Ethics (4)
PHL 540. Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL/REL 543. World View and Environmental Values (3)
SNR 522. Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3)

Communication
COMM 550. Communication and the Practice of Science (3)
FES 593. Environmental Interpretation (4)
FW 514. Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
GEO 518. Geosciences Communication (3)

Theme: Methodology

Select 3 credits from below:
BOT 540. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
CH 590. Computer Programming for Scientists (3)
FW 524. Introduction to Fisheries Assessment (3)
GEOG 560. GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
GEOG 561. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 580. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (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.

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: fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu
Urban Forestry Contact: Paul Ries
Forests and Climate Change Contact: Badege Bishaw
Wildlife Management Contact: fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu
OR
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)
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.


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Major Code: 2430

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