Which Colleges Offer Natural Resource Conservation Courses Online?

Online natural resource programs are available at the bachelor's and master's degree level as well as the graduate certificate level. Read on to learn about two school that offer such programs. Schools offering Natural Resources & Conservation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

College Overviews

Through their online programs, both Oregon State University and Virginia Polytechnic and State University offer a variety of natural resource conservation courses and degree options.

Important Facts About Online Natural Resource Conservation Courses

Degrees Online bachelor's degree, online master's degree
Certificates Natural Resource graduate certificates are commonly found online
Median Salary (2014) $61,860 (for all conservation scientists)
Job Outlook (2012-2022) 3% (for all conservation scientists and foresters)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Oregon State University, Extended Campus

Oregon State University (OSU) is a part of the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium. OSU students can pursue an online bachelor's degree or graduate certificate in natural resources.

Online Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources

Students enrolled in this distance-learning undergraduate program are required to complete 180-quarter credits, including a capstone project. All major coursework is completed virtually with the exception of biology labs, which can be completed at an accredited college of the student's choosing. Concentrations are available in natural resource policy, animal and fishery preservation and human behavior and environmental resources. Classes cover topics such as:

  • Natural resource management
  • Ecological restoration
  • National park geology and preservation
  • Environmental sociology
  • Forest biology
  • Wildlife ecology

Online Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources

This 18-credit graduate certificate course is not limited to science majors and environmental undergraduates; however, the college recommends that those interested in this natural resources course have a few years of related work experience. This is an entirely online program, which allows students to pursue courses individually, at their own pace. Natural resource certificate programs include a capstone project and classes in the following areas:

  • Ecological principals of sustainable natural resources
  • Economics of sustainable natural resource management
  • Aquatic and riparian resources
  • Sustainable natural resource development
  • Planning agroforestry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Online (Virginia Tech Online)

Virginia Tech is the state's largest land-grant university and a member of the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium. Students interested in pursuing an online natural resource conservation course can enroll in a master's level or graduate certificate program at Virginia Tech.

Online Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources

Students interested in natural resource conservation can enroll in this 12-credit online program. Classes are chosen from the master's level track and can include:

  • Natural resource policy and law
  • Rangeland management
  • Mammal conservation
  • Environmental sociology

Online Master of Natural Resources

This is a 33-credit asynchronous program that requires no thesis or capstone project. The main topics of study center on marine resource conservation as well as animal and land preservation. A study abroad option is also available. Classes include:

  • Wetlands and riparian ecology
  • GIS
  • National park geology and preservation
  • Ecological restoration

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