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Natural Resources Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Forestry | Forest Ecosystems and Society


Options

Arid Land Ecology
Conservation and Technology
Ecological Restoration
Fish and Wildlife Conservation  eCampus
Forest Ecosystems
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources  eCampus
Individualized Specialty
Landscape Analysis  eCampus
Law Enforcement Natural Resources
Natural Resource Education
Natural Resource Policy and Management  eCampus
Recreation and Tourism Management
Sustainable Agroforestry
Urban Forest Landscapes  eCampus
Watershed Management
Wildland Fire Ecology

Also available at OSU-Cascades, Eastern Oregon University, and via Ecampus.

 

Troy Hall, Director
Terina McLachlain, Program Manager
408 Snell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5703
541-207-3580
Email: naturalresources@oregonstate.edu
Website: http://nr.forestry.oregonstate.edu/


Undergraduate Major

Natural Resources (BS, HBS) — An interdisciplinary program offered by the colleges of Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, Science, and Liberal Arts. It is administered by the College of Forestry.

Options
Arid Land Ecology
Conservation and Technology
Ecological Restoration
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Forest Ecosystems
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Individualized Specialty Option
Integrated Conservation Analysis
[Pending approval]
Landscape Analysis
Law Enforcement in Natural Resources
Natural Resource Education
Natural Resource Policy and Management
Recreation and Tourism Management
Sustainable Agroforestry
Urban Forest Landscapes
Watershed Management
Wildland Fire Ecology

Minor

Natural Resources


Students who graduate with a BS degree in Natural Resources from OSU should be able to integrate technical field or laboratory skills with analytical skills to solve important natural resource problems. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire knowledge about a range of natural resource issues, work with experts in a variety of resource fields, and deal with social and political aspects of resource management. This program is an interdisciplinary offering supported by the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, Liberal Arts, and Science. It is administered by the College of Forestry.

The Natural Resources major is also available at the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend, the OSU Agricultural Program at Eastern Oregon University, and through the OSU Extended Campus program.

Students acquire knowledge and background in physical and biological systems, math and statistics, natural resource policy, ecology, economics, and decision making. Breadth is acquired in seven key areas of resource management. Finally, students develop depth in their specialty option, choosing from a number of pre-approved options, or creating an individualized specialty option. An option is required to earn the Natural Resources major.



In addition to the baccalaureate core, the three main areas for course work include the natural resources core (74 credits), breadth requirements (21 credits), and the specialty option (40 credits). Within these areas, students have many courses to choose from to fulfill requirements.

Only two courses used to complete the natural resources major requirements may be taken S/U. The Natural Resources Core and Breath will have a minimum GPA of 2.0. The Natural Resources Specialty Option will have a minimum GPA of 2.25.

Core and Breadth Requirements for the Natural Resources (BS):
 

Natural Resources Core (74)


Animal ID

Choose one course from below:
FW 312. Systematics of Birds (2)
FW 316. Systematics of Fishes (3)
FW 318. Systematics of Mammals (2)
Z 477. Aquatic Entomology (4)

Atmospheric Science

Choose one course from below:
ATS 201. *Climate Science (4)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
SUS 103. *Introduction to Climate Change (4)

Biology

BI 101, BI 102, BI 103. *General Biology (4,4,4)
   or BI 204, BI 205, BI 206. *Introductory Biology I, II, III (4,4,4)
   or BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)

Chemistry

CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 231. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)

Communications

Choose one course from below:
COMM 321. Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
COMM 322. Small-Group Problem Solving (3)
COMM 328. Nonverbal Communication (3)
COMM 385. Communication and Culture in Cyberspace (3)
COMM 440. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
COMM 442. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
FES 430. Forest as Classroom (4)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
NR 312. Critical Thinking for Natural Resource Challenges (3)
TRAL 493. Environmental Interpretation (4)

Earth Science

Choose one course from below:
GEO 101. *The Solid Earth (4)
GEO 201. *Physical Geology (4)
GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEO 221. *Environmental Geology (4)
GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)

Environmental Assessment and Planning

Choose one course from below:
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
PS 449. ^Topics in Comparative Politics (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
RNG 421. Wildland Restoration and Ecology (4)
RNG 490. Rangeland Management Planning (4)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
TRAL 456. Planning for Sustainable Recreation (4)
TRAL 457. Planning for Sustainable Tourism (4)

General Ecology

Choose one course from below:
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)

GIS

Choose one course from below:
CROP/HORT 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
FE 257. GIS and Forest Engineering Applications (3)
FW 303. Survey of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospacial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)

Managing Natural Resources for the Future

NR 201. Managing Natural Resources for the Future (3)
   or Seminars–Natural Resources (1)+(1)

Mathematics

Choose one course from below:
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)

Measurements

NR 325. Scientific Methods for Analyzing Natural Resource Problems (3)

Choose one course from the area most related to student's interests:

Biological/Physical Science

Choose one course from below:
BI 371. ^Ecological Methods (3)
BOT 440. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
FE 208. Forest Surveying (4)
FOR 321. Forest Mensuration (5)
FW 255. Field Sampling of Fish and Wildlife (3)
GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
RNG 441. Rangeland Analysis (4)

Social Science

FES 422. Research Methods in Social Science (4)

Natural Resource Decision Making

NR 455. Natural Resource Decision Making (4)

Natural Resource Policy

Choose one course from below:
AEC 454. Rural Development Economics and Policy (3)
FOR 460. ^Forest Policy (4)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Resource Economics

Choose one course from below:
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 454. Rural Development Economics and Policy (3)
FOR 330. Forest Resource Economics I (4)
TRAL 432. Economics of Recreation and Tourism (3)

Society and Natural Resources

Choose one course from below:
ANTH 110. *Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
FES 355. Management for Multiple Resource Values (3)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water and Society (3)
TRAL 251. Recreation Resource Management (4)
TRAL 354. Communities, Natural Areas, and Sustainable Tourism (3)

Soil Science

CSS 205. *Soil Science (4)
   or CSS 305. Principles of Soil Science (4)
   or SOIL 205. Soil Science (3)[Bacc core course only when taken in conjunction with a laboratory course]
   and FOR 206. *Forest Soils Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1) or SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1)

Statistics

Choose one course from below:
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Vegetation ID

Choose one course from below:
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 414. Agrostology (4)
BOT 425. Flora of the Pacific Northwest (3)
FES 241. Dendrology (3)
HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)
RNG 353. Wildland Plant Identification (4)

Water Science

Choose one course from below:
FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FW 326. Integrated Watershed Management (3)
OC 201. *Oceanography (4)
OC 332. Coastal Oceanography (3)
RNG 355. Desert Watershed Management (4)

Note: Particular option programs may specify additional core courses to assure that students meet prerequisites for option courses, or develop the background in fields important for the option. Students should not assume that the core courses listed above include all of the necessary background in science or math for every option.

Breadth (21)

Students must complete one course from each of the following groups:

Fisheries and Wildlife (Choose one)

FES 440. Wildland Fire Ecology (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/FW 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
FOR 346. Topics in Wildland Fire (3)
FW 311. Ornithology (3)
FW 315. Ichthyology (3)
FW 317. Mammalogy (3)
FW 320. Introductory Population Dynamics (4)
FW 321. Applied Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)
FW 323. Management Principles of Pacific Salmon in the Northwest (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (3)
FW 426. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5)
FW 427. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW 451. Avian Conservation and Management (3)
FW 454. ^Fishery Biology (4)
FW 458. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW 465. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW 473. Fish Ecology (4)
FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (3)

Forestry (Choose one)

FE 370. Harvesting Operations (4)
FE/FOR 456. *International Forestry (3)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)
FES 342. Forest Types of the Northwest (3)
FES/HORT 350. Urban Forestry (3)
FES 412. Forest Entomology (3)
FES 440. Wildland Fire Ecology (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/FW 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
FES/NR/RNG 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FOR 346. Topics in Wildland Fire (3)
FOR/BOT 413. Forest Pathology (3)
FOR 436. Wildland Fire Science and Management (4)
FOR 441. Silviculture Principles (4)
FOR 460. ^Forest Policy (4)
WSE 470. *Forests, Wood, and Civilization (3)

Land and Water (Choose one)

FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FW 456. Limnology (5)
FW 479. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
GEO 306. *Minerals, Energy, Water, and the Environment (3)
GEO 307. *National Park Geology and Preservation (3)
GEO 308. *Global Change and Earth Sciences (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
RNG 355. Desert Watershed Management (4)
RNG 455. Riparian Ecohydrology and Management (4)
SOIL 366. Ecosystems of Wildland Soils (3)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)

Political Dimensions (Choose one)

AEC 432. Environmental Law (4)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ENT 300/HORT 330. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FES 454. Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
NR 351. *When Science Escapes the Lab: Science and Resource Management (3)
PS 449. ^Topics in Comparative Politics: Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 455. *The Politics of Climate Change (4)
PS 473. US Energy Policy (4)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
TRAL 351. Outdoor Recreation Management on Public Lands (3)
TRAL 352. Wilderness Management (3)

Range (Choose one)

FES 440. Wildland Fire Ecology (3)
FES/FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES/NR/RNG 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FOR 346. Topics in Wildland Fire (3)
FOR 436. Wildland Fire Science and Management (4)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)
RNG 351. Range Ecology I-Grasslands (3)
RNG 352. Range Ecology II-Shrublands (3)
RNG 421. Wildland Restoration and Ecology (4)
RNG 441. Rangeland Analysis (4)
RNG 442. Rangeland-Animal Relations (4)
RNG 490. Rangeland Management Planning (4)

Resource Values/Philosophy (Choose one)

AG 301. *Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (3)
ANTH 477. Ecological Anthropology (4)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
ANTH 482. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
FW 340. *Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources (3)
GEO 309. *Environmental Justice (3)
GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
NR 312. Critical Thinking for Natural Resource Challenges (3)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL/REL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)

Social Issues (Choose one)

ANTH 330. *Evolution of People, Technology, and Society (3)
FE/FOR 459. Forest Management Planning and Design I (4)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
PS 473. US Energy Policy (4)
SOC 360. *Population Trends and Policy (4)
SOC 381. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (4)
SOC 424. Social Psychology (4)
SOC 454. *Leisure and Culture (4)
SOC 456. *Science and Technology in Social Context (4)
SOC 475. Rural Sociology (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
TRAL 351. Outdoor Recreation Management on Public Lands (3)
TRAL 352. Wilderness Management (3)
TRAL 353. Nature, Eco, and Adventure Tourism (3)
TRAL 354. Communities, Natural Areas, and Sustainable Tourism (3)
TRAL 493. Environmental Interpretation (4)
WGSS 440. *Women and Natural Resources (3)


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


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

Major Code: 671

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