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We’ve only got one planet, and 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 choose to pursue either a major or a minor, both of which can be earned on campus in Corvallis or online through OSU Ecampus.

Explore the degree

  • Environmental Science Curriculum
  • Degree Learning Outcomes

    Students will…

    • Identify and define concepts in the natural sciences (e.g. chemistry, atmospheric sciences, ecology, geology, oceanography, soil science).
    • Identify and define concepts in the humanities and social sciences (e.g. economics, environmental law, ethics, resource policy, and human-environment interaction fields like agronomy and geography).
    • Integrate concepts in the natural sciences with those in the humanities and social sciences.
    • Demonstrate a rigorous cross-disciplinary science base (biological, physical, and social sciences) with a deeper knowledge in a specialization area by using the quantitative tools to analyze and interpret data.
    • Communicate ideas clearly—orally, graphically, or in writing—to address environmental sciences issues.
    • Engage in and experience the application of the environmental sciences beyond the classroom through fieldwork, participation in an internship, research, study abroad, or other forms of experiential learning.
  • Experiential Learning
  • OSU Catalog

Meet the faculty

Meet the Program Head, Laurence C. Becker



Learn about careers

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

Areas of Specialization