Oregon State University Ecampus is one of the top ranked online colleges and universities in America.

Advantages of an Oregon State University Online Degree:

  • All classes are taught by OSU's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation in the natural resources and science fields. 
  • OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Online students receive the same diploma as on-campus students.
  • Enhance your degree with a minor. OSU Ecampus offers a diverse selection of minors online.
  • Students can study from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Getting Started

Once you have been admitted to OSU it takes only 4 simple steps to get started on the path to your degree.

Step 1. First set up your ONID Email account. We will be using this email address as our primary means of communication. You may also meet with your advisor over phone, web conferencing and Skype.

Step 2. Read the Ecampus Getting Started Guide. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the Ecampus website especially the pages on Registration, Tuition and Fees, and Exams and Proctoring.

Step 3. Complete the Ecampus Online Orientation. After the orientation is completed an Advisor will contact you to discuss your academic plans and give you an orientation to the major. Let us know a little about yourself and your goals!

Step 4. The last step is to register for courses! A registration PIN for each term (except summer) can be obtained from your advisors about two weeks prior to the start of registration.You will need to send your advisor an email with your plans for the term and the advisor will return an email with your PIN number. You may also make an appointment to speak with your advisor over the phone or through Webex. Be sure to use the Student Advising Guide for reference when choosing classes. We recommend that you only take one or two courses your first term unless you are already familiar with online courses. Online coursework is a different way of learning and it's advisable to get oriented and see how it fits into your life before you dive in.

Evaluation of Prior Coursework

Don't worry if your previous courswork is not on your OSU transcript yet or has not been evaluated by an advisor. There is PLENTY of OSU coursework you need for the NR degree that will not duplicate your previous work. It can take up to 6 weeks for your advisor to receive your records from the Admissions Office to be evaluated. We will make every effort to have your transcripts evaluated as soon as possible. Please note that an Advanced Standing Report will not be generated by Admissions until you pay the Advanced Tuition Deposit

Once your Advisor has evaluated your transcripts any applicable transfer work will be noted in MyDegrees, our online degree audit system. Students can petition to have prior or future courses count towards fulfilling specific requirements in the Natural Resources program. Each course will need a petition form that will be submitted to the Natural Resources Program Director or Head Advisor for approval.

Wondering what to take your first term?

Learn to use the Ecampus Schedule of Classes to find out when classes will be offered.There are a number of ways to search for coursework: by term, by source, by course and within the OSU Baccalaureate Core. We also recommend you learn to use the OSU General Catalog. Try using the Quick Jump box at the top left to go directly to a course you are researching! When viewing classes in the OSU General Catalog, the Ecampus classes are those with a section numbers or 400 - 499.

Another handy tool is the Course Search in the OSU General Catalog. You'll want to bookmark this one as you will use it frequently!

You do not need to finish the work in the Baccalaureate Core or the NR Core before trying courses in the NR Breadth or Specialty Option. However, you should finish your math, biology sequence and statistics as soon as possible after admission if these requirements have not previously been met. These courses are foundational for the degree and will support your success in other courses. In addition the University requires that students satisfactorily complete the following first-years skills courses within the first 45 hours of OSU-generated credits:
Writing I (WR121)

To prepare for the upper division Writing Intensive Course in the major, the following Skills course are to be taken and completed satisfactorily within the first 90 hours of OSU-generated credits: Writing II

For transfer students with sophomore standing or above, Writing II and Speech must be completed within the first 45 hours of OSU-generated credtis. These requirements apply to all students, whether full time or part time.

Below are courses that we typically recommend to new students who are wondering where to get started.


AEC 250 *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3) – Prerequisite for most Resource Economics courses
CSS 205
*Soil Science (4) – Soil Science

FW 340 *Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources  (3) – Resource Values and Philosophy
FES 365
Issues in Natural Resource Conservation (3) – Resource Values and Philosophy

FES 342 Forest Types of the Northwest (3) – Forestry
FW 251
Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management(3) – Wildlife Management

FW 323 Management Principles of Pacific Salmon in the Northwest (3) – Fisheries and Marine Science
GEO 101
*The Solid Earth (4) – Earth Science

GEO 102 *Physical Geology (4) – Earth Science
GEOG 102 *Physical Geography (4) – Earth Science
GEOG 300 Sustainability for the Common Good (3) – Political Dimensions or Social Issues
HST 481
*Environmental History of the United States (4) – Political Dimensions
NR 201
Managing Natural Resources for the Future (3) – Required Introductory Course in NR Core! Take ASAP!
PHL 443
*World View and Environmental Values (3) – Political Dimensions specialty options
PS 475
Environmental Politics and Policy (4) – Political Dimensions and some specialty options
RNG 355
Desert Watershed Management (4) – Water Science
SUS 103
*Introduction to Climate Change (4) – Atmospheric Science
SUS 350
Sustainable Communities (4) – Environmental Assessment and Planning

TRAL 251 Recreation Resource Management (4) – Society and NR
TRAL 352 Wilderness Management (3) – Political Dimensions or Social Issues
TRAL 493 Environmental Interpretation (4) – Adv Communications


Questions about Financial Aid? Contact the Office of Financial Aid, , 541-737-2241

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