BS in Fisheries and Wildlife - Ecampus

 

Can you really get a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences online, through Oregon State University's Ecampus? For the answer to that question, ask Stephen Szabo, who completed his degree while working full time in California. 

If you are looking for a flexible opportunity to complete your first or second (post baccalaureate) BS degree, without sacrificing experiential learning, the Ecampus Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) Sciences degree may be a perfect fit for you. The Extended Campus degree program is similar to the Corvallis campus program and allows you the opportunity to earn your degree from anywhere you can access the internet. 

You'll also get to experience the active learning that Oregon State is famous for. From self-directed studies assessing animals, plants, and habitats, to working with landowners to develop conservation plans, you will be required to get outside.

Classes

The Ecampus degree is essentially the same one offered to Corvallis students with minor differences in course availability:

  • Biology courses with online laboratories at other institutions are not accepted. Students can find an equivalent biology series at a local college or take the online OSU Biology series: BI 204, 205, 206.

The undergraduate curriculum is composed of a Baccalaureate Core, FW Core including two internships, and a specialization. The specialization is a 24 credit plan of study which you design along with your advisor according to your interests and career goals. In our degree program, you'll get outside, take field courses, gain work experience, and in some cases, conduct independent research projects.

Students planning to transfer to the program should read the information on the How to Apply page for Transferring Students.

Students wanting to earn their second Bachelor's degree (post baccalaureate) should reference the Post Baccalaureate Students information including the Biology, Chemistry and Math Requirements prior to admission.

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Undergraduate Major Requirements

Degree Planning
Learning Outcomes: 

Undergraduate students majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences will achieve the following learner outcomes by graduation.

Conservation and management competencies—Students should be able to: 1) understand physical and ecological elements and processes sustaining ecosystems, and recognize the implications of altering those components; 2) apply conservation principles in developing conservation approaches for ecosystems or organisms within ecosystems; and 3) incorporate social information in developing conservation plans.

Mathematical skills—Students graduating from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will meet mathematical skills competencies. Specifically, students should be able to: 1) translate problems into mathematical/numeric/statistical representations; 2) understand the process of mathematical model building and interpretation; 3) produce tabular and graphic summaries of quantitative data; 4) conduct simple tests of statistical hypotheses; and 5) design appropriate, sound sampling schemes and experiments.

Observation and perception skills—Students graduating from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will meet observation and perception skills competencies. Specifically, students should be able to observe and accurately record natural events.

Communication skills—Students graduating from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will meet communication skills competencies. Specifically, students should be able to: 1) effectively use diverse forms of communication (oral, written, visual, symbolic); 2) engage in constructive dialog with diverse publics (both explain complex technical phenomena and understand comments of nontechnical persons, and 3) effectively communicate ideas and technical information in formal and professional formats.

Leadership and team building skills—Students graduating from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will meet leadership and team building skills competencies. Specifically, students should be able to: 1) constructively provide criticism to peers and to accept criticism from peers; 2) lead a peer‐group to develop collective solutions that exceed the individual contributions; 3) work with people of disparate social, political and educational backgrounds to build consensus and resolve conflicts while maintaining personal integrity.

Critical thinking skills—Students graduating from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will meet critical thinking skills competencies. Specifically, students should be able to: 1) recognize biases and assumptions in their own work and the work of others; and 2) use logic and reasoning, analysis and synthesis to arrive at defensible conclusions.

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If you are a prospective Ecampus student we recommend that you speak to an Ecampus Enrollment Services Specialist. You can contact them at ecampus@oregonstate.edu or 1-800-667-1465.

Degree: 
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Level: 
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Department: 
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Class Location: 
Ecampus (Online)
Contact Us: 

Ecampus Enrollment Services Specialist at ecampus@oregonstate.edu or 1-800-667-1465.