Science and Natural Resources

student internships

In the College of Science, for example, students have access to a unique stereographics classroom that presents 3-D images of molecular structures. The college also teaches interested science students how to relate their research to issues of current public relevance.

In the College of Forestry, students apply the principle that forests are both dynamic and renewable. Balancing production and protection, they learn how to meet society's sometimes competing demands for wood products and resource sustainability.

In the College of Agricultural Sciences, students work on projects that touch almost every aspect of our lives — innovations in alternative fuels, the safety of our food supply, managing fish and wildlife resources and other issues that make real impacts on the world.

In the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, students explore the solid earth, ocean and atmosphere, and fundamentals of relevant social science, as well as applications of science to issues of societal importance. All students complete practical, experiential learning through a combination of field courses, internships, and research experience.

In the College of Engineering, students learn how to enhance the quality of land, water and air using principles of science and engineering. Along with other staples of an engineering degree, Oregon State students can learn to manage hazardous waste, control air pollution and promote environmental health.

All of these fields are complex, and at Oregon State, our programs frequently combine instruction from two or more departments or colleges. We believe such an interdisciplinary approach gives students the broad skills needed to solve real-world problems.

Students gain leadership experience and professional contacts by participating in professional and student organizations in science and natural resources. Programs Areas of study in science and natural resources:

College of Forestry
Forest Engineering
Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering
Forest Management
  • Forest Ecosystem Science
  • Forest Environmental Consultation
  • Human-Forest Interactions
  • International Forestry
  • Plantation Silviculture
  • Restoration of Forested Landscapes
  • Wildland Fire Management

Forest Operations Management
Recreation Resource Management

  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Environmental Resource Interpretation
  • Forest Resources
  • Law Enforcement
  • Park Landscapes
  • Public Administration for Recreation Majors
  • Resource Planning
  • Sociology
  • Tourism

Natural Resources

  • Agroforestry
  • Arid Land Ecology
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Geosciences and Natural Resources
  • Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
  • Law Enforcement in Natural Resources
  • Native Americans and Natural Resources
  • Natural Resource Education
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Natural Resources Technology
  • Resource Conservation
  • Soil Resources
  • Watershed Management

Renewable Materials 

  • Marketing and Management
  • Science and Engineering

Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (Cascades Campus)

  • International Ecotourism
  • Outdoor and Experiential Education
  • Tourism and Commercial Recreation Management
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Sciences
  • Animal Management
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

BioResource Research

  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • Applied Genetics
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioproducts
  • Biosystems Modeling
  • Biotechnology
  • Climate
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food Quality
  • Genomics/Bioinformatics
  • Pest Biology and Management
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Toxicology
  • Water Resources

Crop and Soil Science

  • Agronomy
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Soil Science

Environmental Economics and Policy
Fisheries and Wildlife

  • Design your own option

Food Science and Technology

  • Food Science
  • Fermentation Science
  • Enology and Viticulture

General Agriculture

  • Leadership and Communication
  • Teacher Preparation


  • Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production
  • Ecological Landscape & Urban Forestry
  • Horticultural Research
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Turf Management
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • General Horticulture (Ecampus only)

Rangeland Science

  • General Rangeland Resources
  • Range/Forest Management
  • Range Management
  • Range Science
  • Range/Soils
  • Range/Wildlife
  • Wildland Ecology
College of Science
Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Pre-Education
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Education
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Materials Science
  • Pre-Medicine

BioHealth Sciences

  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Nursing Education
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry


  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Secondary Teaching Emphasis
  • Statistics


  • Applied Physics
  • Biological Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Optical Physics
  • Physics Education


College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Earth Systems

Environmental Science


class outdoors


We´re not the only ones who understand the need for excellent scientists and natural resource specialists. You´ll find career opportunities in just about any aspect of science and natural resources that interests you — and many of those careers take you out of the office 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 on directly to your career. With your science and natural resources training you might be:



  • A fisheries or wildlife biologist working to protect endangered animal species
  • A forensics expert, using the latest scientific knowledge to investigate and solve crimes
  • A specialist in writing, enforcing or interpreting natural resource and environmental policy
  • The manager of an agribusiness or ranch operation
  • A designer of environmentally friendly processes in construction and other fields
  • A research scientist seeking a cure for cancer or other serious diseases that affect humans or animals
  • An environmental scientist studying the influences of climate change on marine organisms
  • A researcher or professor in a college or university


To prepare for study in science and natural resources, you should have a strong academic background. You'll benefit from four years of mathematics, including the most advanced courses available, along with course work in biology, chemistry and physics. You should also pursue a well-balanced background in the social sciences and humanities, including English. And as with most fields, computer skills are helpful. If you have questions about preparing for university-level study in these fields, please feel free to contact the advising staff in the program you are considering.

first year classes

Your first year

Strong roots are needed for robust growth. During your first year, you'll focus on courses from Oregon State's Baccalaureate Core — the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation — along with some beginning courses in your major fields.


Each year, more than 2,000 Oregon State undergraduate students are involved in research with professors and graduate students on real issues confronting 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.

Environmental science students have done research and internships with industry, government, educational institutions and advocacy groups as far away as South Africa, giving them an edge with graduate and professional schools and in the job market.

Other academic programs

As a major research university, Oregon State offers multiple resources and opportunities, including theUniversity Honors CollegeInternational Degree, National Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs. Such programs offer challenges and academic training to support your intellectual, professional and personal growth. They can also be fun.



The on-the-job experience provided by internships is required in some programs and encouraged in most others. Increasingly, graduate and professional schools prefer students who have experience working in the field.Your professors, department and college, as well as Oregon State Career Services, can help you organize an internship.


College is a big investment, and we might be able to help. Scholarships 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 special 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 you might be eligible for.

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