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The Natural Resources (NR) Bachelor of Science degree program provides students with a detailed working knowledge of natural resources, their diversity and interdependence, and the critical relationships between humans and their environment. The program of study is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing a broad spectrum of coursework, while mixing natural resources disciplines from colleges across campus, to include the Colleges of Agricultural Science, Forestry, Liberal Arts, and Science. Because of its flexibility, this program provides students the opportunity to combine areas of particular personal and/or professional interest, maximizing exposure to key natural resources issues and challenges.

You may find the Natural Resources (NR) program suited to your personal and professional goals if you are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to natural resources issues while pursuing a career related to such topics as:

  • Land Use
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest or Arid Land Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Natural Resource Education

Our Academic Advisors will work closely with you to create a degree plan that includes the NR skills and knowledge desired, while helping prepare you for employment in the field of Natural Resources.

The Natural Resources program at Oregon State University is available via:

  • Corvallis Campus
  • OSU-Cascades Campus (Bend, Oregon)
  • Agricultural Program at Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, Oregon)
  • OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus Online Courses)


The Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources curriculum consists of four blocks of study.

  • Baccalaureate Core - A standard set of courses that are required for all Oregon State University students. (This section is waived for Post-Bacclaureate Students.)
  • Natural Resources Core - Foundational courses that will give you a solid background in sciences, math, and policy.
  • Natural Resources Breadth - Upper division (300-400) courses that will broaden your knowledge of the field of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources Specialty Option - Focused areas of study that will tailor your degree to your career interests and goals.

Requirements for the degree and the wide range of course choices are included in the Student Advising Guide and are also available in the OSU General Catalog.

Specialty Option

Incorporated into the Natural Resource major is the Specialty Option – 40 credits supporting an academic theme related to natural resources. It is in the specialty option that you will develop depth and a particular focus on an area of study in natural resources. Specialty options available to students include:

Arid Land Ecology
Conservation and Technology

Ecological Restoration
Fish and Wildlife Conservation  
Forest Ecosystems
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources  
Individualized Specialty (student-designed)
Landscape Analysis
Law Enforcement Natural Resources

Natural Resource Education
Natural Resource Policy and Management  
Recreation and Tourism Management
Sustainable Agroforestry
Urban Forest Landscapes
Watershed Management
Wildland Fire Ecology

The available options vary according to where you are taking the program (Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades Campus, OSU Agriculture Program at Eastern Oregon University Campus or Ecampus), so be sure to discuss your option choice with your advisor. Students may also design their own individualized specialty option (ISO) with the guidance of their academic advisor.

The Natural Resources program is an interdisciplinary program that relies on many colleges to provide its wide range of classes. The program is housed in the College of Forestry.

The other colleges and units that provide classes in the Natural Resources degree are listed below. If you have questions about classes in these colleges, contact the college and/or unit that offers the class.