The Environmental Sciences degree builds on the interdisciplinary strengths in the natural and social sciences at OSU. Our students learn broadly about environmental sciences from a variety of perspectives, while deeply exploring one area of specialization. Experiential learning is a key part of the degree program since participating in research or an internship provides an opportunity to actively engage in the field of environmental sciences outside the classroom. Students can choose to pursue either a major or a minor, both of which can be earned on campus in Corvallis or online through OSU Ecampus.
In order to earn a BS degree in Environmental Sciences students must complete:
The Baccalaureate Core curriculum is the foundation for students' further understanding of the modern world. Informed by natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities, the Baccalaureate Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues. It promotes understanding of interrelationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens of an ever-changing world.
Environmental scientists need a solid grounding in sciences and math to enable an understanding of environmental problems and potential solutions. To that end, students complete a full year of biology and chemistry, as well as courses in calculus, statistics and physics. Some of these courses may serve as a foundation for the upper level science courses that students take in their junior and senior years.
The Environmental Sciences (ENSC) program requires that each student complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of experiential learning related to environmental sciences. The requirement can be met with an approved internship, research experience, or approved coursework.
Students choose an area of specialization in line with their academic interests and career goals. There are nine specialization options available, as well as two certificates. All of the specializations are available online except for Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Education. In addition, students may work with an advisor to propose the use of a minor as their specialization area. Some possibilities include Renewable Materials, Environmental Safety and Health, or Bioenergy.