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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, forests and climate change, geographic information science (GIScience), sustainable natural resources, urban forestry, water conflict management, and wildlife management

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 program with a capstone project, rather than a thesis. The MNR's 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 capstone project. All MNR students integrate concepts and approaches developed throughout the entire program in a final capstone 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 (3 credits required)

MNR 511. Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3)

Theme: Ecology/Production (6 credits required)

Select 6 credits from below:
FES/TOX/MCB 535. Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
FES/FW 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/HORT 547. Arboriculture (4)
FES 548. Invasive Plants: Biology, Ecology and Management (3)
FES/FW 552. Forest Wildlife Habitat Management (4)
FES 560. Green Infrastructure (4)
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 Management 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 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
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)
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)
NSE 583. Radiation Biology (3)
NSE 588. Radioecology (3)
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)

Theme: Human Systems (6 credits required)

Select 6 credits from at least 2 of the 5 areas below:

AEC 534. Environmental and Resource 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)

AEC 532. Environmental law (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)
GEOG 540. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 541. International Water Resources Management (3)
GEOG 552. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
PPOL 546. The Policy and Law of United States Coastal Governance (4)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 578. Renewable Energy Policy (4)
WRP 521. Water Conflict Management and Transformation (3)

ANTH 581. Natural Resources and Community Values (4)
FES 554. Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
FES 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (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)

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

COMM 550. Communication and the Practice of Science (3)
FW 514. Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
LEAD 542. Leadership Skills for Career Success (3)
LEAD 543. Leadership Through Conversations (3)
SED 535. Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (3)
TRAL 593. Environmental Interpretation (4)

Theme: Methodology (3 credits required)

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)
MNR/FES 522. Research Methods Social Science (4)
PPOL 521. Understanding Social Research (4)
ST 516. Foundations of Data Analytics (4)
ST 517. Data Analytics I (4)
ST 539. Survey Methods (3)

Area of Emphasis (18 credits required)

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:
Urban Forestry Contact: Paul Ries
Forests and Climate Change Contact: Badege Bishaw
Wildlife Management Contact:
Design own option (no certificate) Contact: Badege Bishaw

Capstone Project (9 credits required)

Master of Natural Resources students choose one of two options below based on their Area of Emphasis choice:

Option 1: For students who do not complete a capstone project as part of their Area of Emphasis.

Option 2:  For students who do complete a capstone project as part of their Area of Emphasis. The student must complete the remainder of the required credits with MNR 560, Master's Case Study (1–9), to fulfill the 9 required capstone credits.

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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