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

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
Conservation Law Enforcement
Ecological Restoration
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Forest Ecosystems
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Individualized Specialty Option
Integrated Conservation Analysis

Landscape Analysis
Natural Resource Education
Policy and Management
Urban Forest Landscapes
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 critical natural resource problems. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire knowledge about a range of natural resource issues, work in interdisciplinary teams, and deal with social and political aspects of resource management.

Students acquire knowledge in biophysical and social sciences, math, and statistics. They will learn holistic resource management approaches that emphasize the interconnectedness of humans and the environment. In addition, students will develop a toolbox of resource management skills such as communication, collaboration, analysis, assessment, and planning. They explore conservation and management of key resources which include fish and wildlife, land and water resources, and a wide range of ecosystems from forests to rangelands. Students develop disciplinary depth in a focused area through a required specialty option, choosing from a number of pre-approved options, or creating an individualized (student designed) specialty option.

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. The Natural Resources major is an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Forestry.



Only two courses used to complete the Natural Resources major requirements may be taken S/U.

The Natural Resources Specialty option will have a minimum GPA of 2.25.

Interdisciplinary Foundations (10 credits)

FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3) 
NR 201. Managing Natural Resources for the Future (3)
NR 455. Natural Resource Decision Making (4)

Advanced Communication

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
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)
FW 489. Effective Communications in Fisheries and Wildlife Science (3)
NR 312. Critical Thinking for Natural Resource Challenges (3)
TRAL 493. Environmental Interpretation (4)
WR 362. *Science Writing (3)
WR 462. ^Environmental Writing (4)

Biological Sciences (28 credits)


Biology

Select one of the following groups (12 credits):
Group A: General Biology
   BI 101. *General Biology (4)
   BI 102. *General Biology (4)
   BI 103. *General Biology (4)

Group B: Introductory Biology
   BI 204. *Introductory Biology I (4)
   BI 205. *Introductory Biology II (4)
   BI 206. *Introductory Biology III (4) 

Group C: Principles of Biology
   BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
   BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
   BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4)

Chemistry (5 credits)

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

Climate Science 

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
ATS 201. *Climate Science (4)
FW 345. *Global Change Biology (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
SUS 103. *Introduction to Climate Change (4)

Earth or Soil Science 

Select one course from below (4 credits):
CSS 205. *Soil Science (4)
CSS 305. Principles of Soil Science (4)
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)
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)

Ecology

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
BI 351. Marine Ecology (3)
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)

Mathematics and Statistics (8 credits)


Mathematics

Select one course from below (4 credits):
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)

Statistics

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

Resource Management (23–31 credits)


Animal ID 

Select one course from below (2–4 credits):
FES 412. Forest Entomology (3)
FW 312. Systematics of Birds (2)
FW 316. Systematics of Fishes (3)
FW 318. Systematics of Mammals (2)
Z 365. Biology of Insects (4)
Z 477. Aquatic Entomology (4)

Environmental Assessment and Planning

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
FES 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
   or FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
GEOG 250. *Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
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)
NR 325. Scientific Methods for Analyzing Natural Resource Problems (3)

Fisheries and Marine Sciences

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
BI 150. Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
BI 302. Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals (4)
   or FW 302. Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals (4)
BI 347. *Oceans in Peril (3)
BI 351. Marine Ecology (3)
FW 320. Introductory Population Dynamics (4)
FW 323. Management Principles of Pacific Salmon in the Northwest (3)
FW 426. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5)
FW 454. ^Fishery Biology (4)
FW 465. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW 473. Fish Ecology (4)
FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (3)
OC 201. *Oceanography (4)
OC 332. Coastal Oceanography (3)

Forestry

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
FE 456. *International Forestry (3)
   or FOR 456. *International Forestry (3)
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)
FES 342. Forest Types of the Northwest (3)
FES 350. Urban Forestry (3)
   or HORT 350. Urban Forestry (3)
FES 440. Wildland Fire Ecology (3)
FES 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
   or FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FES 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
   or FW 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
FES 477. *Agroforestry (3)
   or NR 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FOR 346. Topics in Wildland Fire (3)
FOR 441. Silviculture Principles (4)

Land and Water

Select one course from below (3–5 credits):
FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
FW 326. Integrated Watershed Management (3)
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 388. Soil Systems and Plant Growth (4)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)

Range

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
FES 440. Wildland Fire Ecology (3)
FES 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
   or FW 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FOR 346. Topics in Wildland Fire (3)
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)

Vegetation ID

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
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)

Wildlife Management

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
FW 251. Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (3)
FW 320. Introductory Population Dynamics (4)
FW 321. Applied Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW 451. Avian Conservation and Management (3)
FW 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
   or FES 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
FW 458. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (3)
Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)

Social and Political Dimensions (15–20 credits)


Ethics and Philosophy

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
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)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
NR 312. Critical Thinking for Natural Resource Challenges (3)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
   or REL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)

Natural Resource Policy

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
AEC 432. Environmental Law (4)
AEC 454. Rural Development Economics and Policy (3)
FE 460. ^Forest Operations Regulations and Policy Issues (3)
FOR 460. ^Forest Policy (4)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FW 415. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
FW 422. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
PS 473. US Energy Policy (4)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Political Issues

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
   or HORT 330. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
FES 454. Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Policy and Law (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (3)
NR 351. *When Science Escapes the Lab: Science and Resource Management (3)
PS 455. *The Politics of Climate Change (4)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
TRAL 352. Wilderness Management (3)

Resource Economics 

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 454. Rural Development Economics and Policy (3)
FOR 330. Forest Resource Economics I (4)

Social Issues

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
FES 355. Management for Multiple Resource Values (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water and Society (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
NR 351. *When Science Escapes the Lab: Science and Resource Management (3)
SOC 381. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (4)
SOC 475. Rural Sociology (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
SUS 420. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (3)
TRAL 251. Recreation Resource Management (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)
WGSS 440. *Women and Natural Resources (3)

Spatial Analysis

Select one course from below (3–4 credits):
CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
   or 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)

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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