Natural Resources

The natural resources program is an interdisciplinary program blending science, management and policy.

American Pika and Northwestern Bat Hub


In the Human and Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability Lab, you can study how populations of plants and animals respond to changing environmental conditions. The Lab has established long-term monitoring programs focused on American pika (Ochotona princeps) and bat species in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Natural Resources Degree

If you are interested in a broad-based approach to natural resources and a career dealing with resource ecology, land use, water resources, environmental policy, resource technology, natural resource education and related endeavors, this degree program may be for you.

We rely on earth's natural resources for our daily needs. Yet nature's interactions are complex and human activities make them even more so. As the earth's population increases, the added concern of the sustainability of these resources becomes very real. An OSU-Cascades degree in natural resources gives graduates a working knowledge of a broad span of natural resources, their diversity and interdependence, and the critical relationships between humans and their natural environment.

Specialty Options

The bachelor of science degree in natural resources is an interdisciplinary program blending science, management and policy. Students receive a bachelor of science after taking courses that include ecology, fish and wildlife, watershed management, habitat restoration, environmental ethics and law, sociology, and resource policy. While taking courses across the spectrum of natural resource areas, students can specialize in one of the following specialty options: fish and wildlife conservation, individualized specialty option.

Students may choose to complete an Ecampus specialty option while completing the natural resources major courses at OSU-Cascades.

Connected to the Land



Anthony Dubsiar was tired of dead-end jobs. A Prineville native and lover of the land, working for the Forest Service always appealed to him. So he started at COCC, and then transferred to OSU-Cascades to pursue a bachelor’s degree in natural resources. He's now out there — working for the Forest Service and managing our public lands for future generations.

Meet Anthony

Sample Course Offerings

Forest Types of the Northwest
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Managing Natural Resources for Future
Wildland Plant Identification
Desert Watershed Management
Sustainable Communities
Aquatic Entomology
Endangered Species
Management of Pacific Salmon
Rangeland Management
Environmental Politics and Policy

Start here. Land there.