When you study natural resources at OSU’s campus in Bend, you join one of the world’s top forestry schools.
Here in Central Oregon there are isolated mountain peaks where the ecosystem is drastically different from the surrounding lower elevation high desert. These peaks are research grounds for instructor Seth Ganzhorn, student researchers Jennifer Smith and Emily Zamarripa, and Matt Horning with the US Forest Service. That’s because the whitebark pine trees on top of these peaks are critical to our water-challenged region. These rugged trees harness precious snowpack and allow it to melt and more slowly drain into groundwater, instead of running off and causing soil erosion. But increasing numbers of these trees are threatened by a fungus called white pine blister rust. The team collects needles, then uses DNA testing to understand the genetic makeup of these tree populations. They hope to use their results to enhance sustainability and management strategies.
OSU’s College of Forestry is internationally recognized for its ground-breaking research and for preparing graduates who can take on the complex challenges that face our natural world.
In this interdisciplinary degree, students study science, management and policy topics with expert faculty who have experience in research, public agencies and industry. You’ll study complex interactions that take place in the natural world — and how humans can impact them.
Your courses will include ecology, fish and wildlife, watershed management, habitat restoration, environmental ethics and law, sociology, and resource policy.
Our graduates are prepared to make the natural world better in careers in resource ecology, land use, water resources, environmental policy, resource technology and natural resource education – or even to apply to graduate school.
Your courses cross a broad spectrum of natural resource areas. By adding an option, you can further increase your understanding.
Students majoring in other programs at OSU-Cascades can choose to complete the natural resources minor. The minor is intended to provide a broad exposure to the natural resources field. It offers course work that integrates a number of natural resources disciplines.
The original plan was to become a chef. In downtime at culinary school though, Nick Maithonis read books about challenges facing our natural lands. Fast forward and this natural resources major has the knowledge to take on any challenge in the natural world. An internship with the Oregon Natural Desert Association opened his eyes to land stewardship. Local nonprofit Think Wild opened the door to managing a five-year restoration research project. And a George and Shirley Ray Endowed scholarship helped make it all possible.
In the Human and Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability Lab, you can study how populations of plants and animals are responding to changing environmental conditions. The Lab has established long-term monitoring programs focused on American pika and bat species in the Pacific Northwest.
Forest Types of the Northwest
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Managing Natural Resources for Future
Wildland Plant Identification
Desert Watershed Management
Management of Pacific Salmon
Environmental Politics and Policy