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. 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) will be sent to you from your advisor about two weeks prior to the start of registration. If you don't receive a PIN it is your responsibility to contact your advisor and get one. 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 try to have a full evaluation completed by the end of your first term at OSU. 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.  Fill in the online Course Petition once for each course. Your advisor or the College of Forestry Head Advisor will receive and review your petitions to determine if the course content meets program requirements.

Wondering what to take your first term?

Learn to use the Ecampus Schedule of Classes to find out when classes will be offered. The left side of the page shows you 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 number of 400 or greater.

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.

ANTH 481 or FW 340
AREC 253

ATS 210 or GEO 323
One of: CSS 205, GEO 101, 102, 201

CSS 395
FES 365 or FES 342

FW 251
FW 311, 315 or 317

FW 323 or FW 470

GEOG 300
HST 481

NR 201
PHL 443

PS 475
RNG 355
SUS 103


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

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