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Sustainability Double-Degree

Oregon State University now offers sustainability education via a unique double-degree format.  A sustainability minor is also available.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the double-degree is tailored for students in all academic disciplines.  Students are required to complete 180 credits in an OSU major (or other from another baccalaureate degree institution) and can receive a second Bachelor’s degree in sustainability by completing an additional 32 credits.  Final approval from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education was granted March 1, 2012.

Students may obtain a Bachelor of Science, Sustainability after completing 32 credits of required and elective courses and a practicum, such as an internship or research project. Students may earn a Sustainability Minor after completing 27 credits of required and elective courses.

Sustainability Focused Courses

More than 41 different departments on OSU's Corvallis campus offer courses that emphasize sustainability. From environmental science to business, students in almost any major can find sustainability focused courses without departing from their degree paths. Sustainability courses are not limited to OSU's main campus, courses can also be taken through OSU's Cascades and Hatfield campuses as well as online.

Undergraduate Programs

OSU offers offer many sustainability-focused undergraduate level programs. The programs below are just a sample!

Food Science and Sustainable Technologies Major

  • From post-harvest to post-consumption, our food manufacturing systems are complex. It follows that the challenges and opportunities to change these systems to be sustainable are also complex. Food Science is the application of science and engineering principles to the design, analysis, processing, packaging, production, preparation, evaluation and storage of foods, food ingredients, and beverages.  OSU Food Science & Technology believes it has the responsibility and the opportunity to be a leader in evolving our food systems to better incorporate sustainable practices and technologies. Join us in crafting the sustainable future of food.

Ecological Engineering Major

  • Biological and Ecological Engineering is the application of engineering and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with strong emphasis on the life sciences. With undergraduate and graduate options, it brings the insights from biology and the methods of engineering together to provide the products and tools of the future.

Environmental Science Major

  • Environmental sciences are central to the mission of Oregon State University - a university with extensive programs related to the environment and wide use of natural resources. OSU is only one of two U.S. universities recognized as a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU has exceptional strength in many of the disciplines that are required to provide a high-quality interdisciplinary education for future environmental scientists and to provide continuing post-graduate education to scientists who are already active in the field.

Natural Resources Major

  • The Natural Resources (NR) Bachelor of Science degree program provides students with a detailed working knowledge of natural resources, their diversity and interdependence, and the critical relationships between humans and their environment. The program of study is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing a broad spectrum of coursework, while mixing natural resources disciplines from colleges across campus, to include the Colleges of Agricultural Science, Forestry, Liberal Arts, and Science. Because of its flexibility, this program provides students the opportunity to combine areas of particular personal and/or professional interest, maximizing exposure to key natural resources issues and challenges.

Bioenergy Minor

  • The new research-based interdisciplinary Bioenergy Minor provides an introduction to bioenergy concepts and issues, and a significant research experience. 

Environmental and Occupational Health Minor | Accelerated MPH Program

  • The Environmental and Occupation Health minor can provide an accelerated path to a Master of Public Health degree. With this accelerated route, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits that count toward the EOH minor and a MPH. Course topics include environmental law, public health toxicology, emergency and disaster management, and applied ergonomics. These courses teach students the environmental and occupational related human health impacts and needed mitigation strategies with an emphasis on sustainability and just practices. 

Renewable Materials Minor 

  • The renewable materials minor exposes students to the world of renewable materials science and technology, and enables them to enhance their education by gaining a specialization that makes them more competitive for careers associated with green materials and allied industries.

Sustainable Agroforestry Minor (within Natural Resources major)

  • The student pursuing this option will develop skills and knowledge necessary to design and manage integrated sustainable land management systems involving co-production of woody plants and agricultural plants and animals.

Graduate Programs

OSU offers offer several sustainability-focused graduate level programs. Some of them are listed below.

Biological and Ecological Engineering

  • The BEE department offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The objective of the department's degree programs are to serve as the interface between life sciences and engineering. Biological and Ecological Engineering is the application of engineering and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with strong emphasis on the life sciences. Courses focus on biological systems modeling, theoretical and applied aspects of bioconversion and bioseparation processes, regional hydrologic analysis, groundwater systems, irrigation, water resource optimization, remote sensing, image analysis, and instrumentation.

Environmental Science Graduate Program

  • The purpose of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program is to provide a degree granting curriculum that will develop scientists who are able to analyze and understand environmental systems, predict environmental change, and participate in the management of the environment. Each student in the ES Graduate Program conducts research and completes a thesis, dissertation, or project; develops depth in a specific academic area through the completion of focused course work; and develops breadth through a set of core courses that include concepts in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences. 

Master of Natural Resources

  • Students who earn a Master of Natural Resources degree will develop analytical and problem solving skills associated with complex natural resources issues. Moreover, students will learn from and network with world renowned OSU faculty in natural resources – including scientists from fisheries, wildlife, forestry, rangeland and water departments.

Sustainable Forest Management Minor

  • The Sustainable Forest Management graduate program emphasizes the conservation of forest-dominated landscapes to meet a defined set of ecological, economic and social criteria over long time frames. The program follows the sustainable principles outlined by the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators. These principles have been adopted by the state of Oregon.
  • This program provides a strong grounding in the principles and techniques of active management of forests to improve forest health and condition while producing a full range of products and ecosystems services. It consists of a common core in the principles and criteria of sustainable forest management; statistics for design and interpretation of experiments; and specialization in one of six areas of concentration.

Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate

  • Fisheries Management is facing unprecedented challenges. Scientists, decision makers, and stakeholders must work together to rebuild over-fished stocks, implement ecosystem-based approaches, design global fisheries agreements, sustain coastal fishing communities, reduce over-capacity and increase the cost-effectiveness of research and management. The Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate is an 18-credit program offered through E-campus or Corvallis Campus. 

Sustainable Natural Resources Graduate Certificate

  • The Sustainable Natural Resources graduate certificate is an 18-credit interdisciplinary program offered online through OSU Extended Campus. Students have a choice among 12 courses designed to build personal and organizational capacity to examine the many aspects of natural resource problems—environmental, economic, and social—in the search for innovative solutions.