Natural Resources

Natural Resources Degree

Learn outdoors. Work outdoors. Make an impact.

Natural resources students are passionate about the world around them. They’re curious. They ask questions. They collaborate to preserve and protect the natural world for future generations. Your natural resources education is what you make it, and you can study natural resources from just about anywhere. The major is offered on Oregon State’s main campus in Corvallis, at OSU Cascades in Bend and through Oregon State Ecampus. Job opportunities are just as diverse.

Want to learn more? It’s easy to get in touch, and we can’t wait to hear from you.

Kyle Stevens Kyle Stevens



"My goal is to enjoy going to work every day and to feel like I’m making a positive difference in my community."

–Kyle Stevens
Senior | Natural Resources

Krystal Lemhouse

Get your hands dirty in more than 14,000 acres of research forests near campus or broaden your horizons by studying abroad.

"During my time in the natural resources program, I’ve been able to work in the Amazon with fungi I’ve never seen before and tree species I didn’t know existed. I don’t know exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I know studying natural resources will give me the knowledge necessary to pursue a number of different careers."

–Krystal Lemhouse
Junior | Natural Resources

Anna Rose Petersen

$500,000 in scholarships are available – and that’s just from the College of Forestry.

"I was on the ball and applied for a lot of scholarships my senior year in high school that really helped. Opportunities are out there. Apply, apply, apply and make sure your writing is genuine."

–Anna Rose Petersen
Junior | Natural Resources & Forestry

"I study Natural Resources at the OSU Cascades Campus in Bend. There, we have a great community of students working toward the same goal. We have all gotten to know each other really well and are always willing to help each other in class."

–Roxanne Kanable
Senior | Natural Resources

You can get involved in research the minute you step on campus. There are a wide range of options available. Students who take advantage of opportunities to work in the field or the lab under the careful eye and collaborative hand of our expert researchers are competitive in the job market and on graduate school applications.

Lab Work

Oregon Forest
Science Complex

We’re building you an awesome new place to learn, study and grow. Construction of the Oregon Forest Science Complex is underway at Oregon State in Corvallis and will be completed in 2018. The complex will include a new Peavy Hall and the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory.

Oregon Forest Science Complex
Weatherford Hall

See yourself here

One of the top-ranked college towns in the country, Corvallis is nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley. A one-hour drive from the Pacific Ocean, and a two-hour drive from the Cascades and high desert, Corvallis is an ideal place to live and work. Corvallis embodies the spirit of the Northwest and is one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation.

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