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We have only one planet, so if you’re interested in studies that will set you on a path toward understanding, preserving and protecting it, you’ve come to the right place. The Environmental Sciences degree builds on the interdisciplinary strengths in the natural and social sciences at OSU. You will learn broadly about environmental sciences from a variety of perspectives, while deeply exploring one area of specialization. Going beyond the classroom by getting into the field, lab or an internship is a key part of the program. You can pursue a major in Environmental Sciences on campus in Corvallis or at OSU-Cascades, or online through OSU Ecampus.  You can also complete an Environmental Sciences minor in Corvallis or online through Ecampus.

Explore the degree

  • Environmental Sciences Advising Worksheets
    (including Areas of Specialization)
  • Degree Learning Outcomes

    Students will…

    • Demonstrate a rigorous cross-disciplinary base across the biological, physical, and social sciences.
    • Articulate connections between multiple components of human and natural systems, including implications for land, air, water, climate, energy, food, biodiversity, and human health.
    • Investigate and diagnose interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder environmental issues to propose solutions.
    • Apply the analysis of data to an environmental problem.
    • Reflect on how identity, including one’s own, affects the perception of issues and the practice of environmental science.
    • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences in writing, speech, and in graphic forms.
  • Experiential Learning
  • OSU Catalog

Program Review

Highlights of 10-year program review

Meet the faculty

The Environmental Sciences program is highly interdisciplinary, which means you’ll work with and learn from faculty across the university and within diverse disciplines, including ecology, conservation, alternative energy, aquatic biology and environmental science education.

Program Head: Laurence C. Becker

Assistant Director: Tyler McFadden

Learn about careers

What Can I Do with My Major (PDF on Box)

Many Oregon State Environmental Sciences majors go on to graduate programs in environmental science, geography, oceanography and more, while others enter the work force right away. Recent Oregon State Environmental Sciences majors are now employed at:

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy,
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Orange County Public Works
  • Chautaqua County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Multnomah County
  • Park Ranger, City of Portland
  • American Airlines

Meet the CEOAS Career Advisor