Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Environmental Sciences Specialization Areas

Once students reach their junior year they 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.

Alternative Energy

Build an interdisciplinary foundation in contemporary energy policy and practices with a general science base suitable for understanding critical issues related to sustainable energy alternatives.

Applied Ecology

Solve environmental questions using applied ecological science, including field and geographic methods for collecting and measuring environmental data on ecological change at various scales.

Aquatic Biology

Appraise fresh, estuarine, and marine environments while also taking the opportunity for in-depth study of plants, invertebrates, insects, fish, and mammals of aquatic environments.

Conservation, Resources, and Sustainability

Explore the rich environment-related offerings at OSU through courses organized to emphasize conservation approaches, resource management, and sustainability as science and policy.

Earth Systems

Deepen and synthesize knowledge of the atmosphere, geology, soils, human-environment interaction, and geographic methods to apply to solving environmental problems.

Environmental Agriculture

Prepare to produce or promote crops and livestock using environmentally sound methods with a background that includes both solid science and societal issues.

Environmental Policy & Economics

Address environmental questions from a public policy perspective and learn the use of economics in measuring, analyzing, and modeling environmental issues.

Environmental Science Education

Inspire the next generation of environmental scientists while teaching! Take courses that lead toward teaching certification.

Environmental Water Resources

Gain a foundation in the science of water while also examining the application of water policy in different settings.

Geographic Information Science

Analyze satellite images, create maps, and illustrate alternative scenarios for environmental science and management.

Scientific, Professional and Technical Communication

Tell the stories of environmental issues using science-based findings in clear, comprehensible, and convincing forms. [Anticipated for Spring]

If you are looking for information about the specialization areas that were offered prior to the 2015-2016 school year please see this Specialization Areas page.