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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 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…

    • 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

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