Our world faces big challenges — climate change, pollution, the endangering of plants and wildlife. All you need is the drive and the skills to tackle them.
With nationally recognized science and natural resources programs, Oregon State University can prepare you to shape environmental progress. You’ll study with world renowned faculty, participate in groundbreaking research and get real-world experience. Our science and natural resources curriculum grapples with the complex balance between how to providing what society needs and sustaining the ecosystems that are essential to all life. You’ll work on projects that have real impacts on food safety, environmental protection, alternative energy sources, sustainable forest and ocean ecosystems and others. You’ll learn how to relate scientific research to important public policy issues.
Because these fields are complex, Oregon State programs take an interdisciplinary approach by combining instruction from two or more departments or colleges to give you the comprehensive skills to make our world better. We’ll give you the tools to solve the Earth’s puzzles.
To prepare for study in science and natural resources, you should have a strong academic background. You’ll benefit from four years of high school mathematics, including the most advanced courses available, along with coursework in biology, chemistry and physics. You should also pursue a well-balanced background in the social sciences, arts and humanities, including English. And as with most fields today, it’s important to have solid computer skills.
If you have questions about preparing for university-level study in these fields, contact the advising staff in the program you’re considering.
There’s a great need for people with deep knowledge in science and natural resources. That means multiple career opportunities in just about any field. Plus, many of those careers will get you away from a desk and into a lab or the great outdoors. With your Oregon State education, you’ll be well-prepared for graduate or professional school or ready to move directly into your career.
Robust growth requires strong roots. During your first year, you’ll focus on developing your critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills through courses from Oregon State’s Baccalaureate Core — the physical and biological sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation — along with some beginning courses in your major.
To make sure you get off to a good start and stay on course for graduation, you should meet with an advisor as you plan your first-year program — and at regular intervals after that.
Many programs require or encourage on-the-job experience to prepare you for what’s next. Increasingly, graduate and professional schools prefer students who have experience working in the field. Your professors, department and college, as well as The Oregon State Career Development Center, can help you apply for an internship. Depending on your internship, you can choose to take a term or two off from classes, take classes while completing your internship or do one over the summer.
Oregon State offers a resource-rich environment that encourages you to combine your studies in science and natural resources with opportunities like the Honors College and study abroad programs. You’ll find challenging, unique experiences that support your academic, professional and personal growth — and have fun, too.
Each year, more than 2,000 undergraduates participate in research with professors and graduate students, examining real issues that confront society today. Research projects are especially valuable if you plan to attend graduate school or if your career will involve laboratory work. Check with your major professors about available research opportunities.
We offer 200+ degree programs. Find where you fit.
The following colleges offer programs in this area:
Agricultural Business Management
Crop and Soil Science
Environmental Economics and Policy
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Food Science and Technology
Sustainability (Double Degree)
Energy Systems Engineering (OSU-Cascades)
Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering
Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership
Biochemistry and Biophysics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Scholarships to help you pay for college are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The deadline for applying for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships.