Oregon State University (OSU)
Agriculture & Natural Resource Program on Eastern Oregon University’s Campus
The OSU Agriculture and Natural Resource Program (OSU AG & NR) is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University (OSU) and Eastern Oregon University (EOU). The OSU College of Agricultural Sciences offers educational programs to serve the needs of individuals interested in pursuing careers in agribusiness; agriculture; animal, plant and food systems; fisheries and wildlife sciences; range and natural resources management; and more. The faculty realizes the importance of individual aims and abilities and through course work, internships, advising, and extracurricular activities, tries to help each student discover and develop social, aesthetic, and ethical values as well as professional competence. For more information see; https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/agprogrameou and https://www.eou.edu/registrar/osueou/.
The Agricultural Sciences major gives students the freedom to design their own degree. Students can broaden their exposure to all areas of agriculture, specialize with two or more emphasis areas, or tailor a combination of emphases. Focus can be on topics like animal science, crop and soil science or business management. Other focus areas can strengthen leadership and communication skills. Students who are interested in becoming teachers, an Agricultural Sciences degree is an ideal first step. With a degree in Agricultural Sciences, students can get a broad ranging education that covers agriculture production, agri-business and natural resource issues.
Rangeland resource management is one of the families of natural resources professions important to the social, economic, and political development of Oregon, the nation, and the world. It is based upon ecological principles and is concerned with the restoration, improvement, conservation, and use of rangelands. Since range management is practiced on lands producing domestic and wild animals, timber, water, and recreation, concepts of integrated land use are included in the curriculum. A balance among soil, domestic animal, wildlife, ecology, and other biological sciences is realized in the educational program.
The curriculum includes university and departmental requirements for the BS degree and provides emphasis areas specifically tailored to the student’s interest. Facilities for study include classroom and field-oriented educational environments both on-campus and at locations throughout Oregon. Field trips are taken in conjunction with specific courses.
Summer employment with private industry, government agencies, and on range research projects provides learning experiences while earning a salary. Employment opportunities include resource management, research, extension, ranch management, college and university teaching, business and industrial activities related to rangeland resources, and foreign agricultural and resource development assistance.
The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences (OSU affiliate department) is accredited by the Society for Range Management. It is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading institutions in rangeland management.
Undergraduate students may pursue the following programs through the OSU AG & NR program on EOUs campus.
To be eligible for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at OSU students must complete:
Total Hours 180
Total Upper Division Hours 60
Total Agriculture 60
Total Upper Division Agriculture 24
At least 45 credits must be OSU credits.
Bachelor degrees are conferred by Oregon State University.
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Rangeland Ecology and Management
Minors are available to all EOU students. Students interested in pursuing a minor must first contact an OSU advisor in the area of interest and meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of 27 designated credits of related course work, including 12-15 in upper division courses.
- A minimum of 15 credits must be designated OSU courses.
- An individual course may not count toward more than one minor.
OSU Admission Requirements
Registration for OSU AG & NR courses are through the OSU Catalog system. Students must be admitted to OSU prior to registering for courses.
OSU majors: Students pursuing an OSU major must apply to OSU as either a first-year student (≥3.0 GPA) or transfer student. Students must contact the OSU AG Office (Badgley Hall 205) prior to starting the OSU application process.
OSU minors & others: Students wanting to pursue an OSU minor (EOU major) or just wanting to take an OSU course must apply to OSU as a Non-Degree student. Visit the OSU AG Office (Badgley Hall 205) or EOU Registrar’s website for assistance.
Academic Residence Requirement
A minimum of 45 credits must be completed while in academic residence at OSU. Academic residence is defined here as OSU courses taken as a degree-seeking student of OSU or courses through an approved special program.
College of Agricultural Science departments offer academic credit for learning achieved during supervised work experience. Internships are available in all facets of agriculture and natural resources. Applications for internships must be approved prior to placement. Details are available from OSU advisers.
Students in the OSU AG & NR at EOU are eligible to apply for scholarships from both institutions. The OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and its departments offer a variety of scholarships to OSU admitted students. Additional information and application forms for collegelevel scholarships are available online at agsci.oregonstate.edu/scholarships or from the AG Office, Badgley Hall 205. For information about departmental scholarships contact the OSU AG & NR advisers or email OSU AG & NR (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Baccalaureate Core (51 credits)
To support students’ success in all courses, the following first- year Skills courses are to be taken and completed satisfactorily within the first 45 hours of OSU-generated credits:
WR 121 (minimum passing grade C-)
Mathematics (minimum of MTH 105 & passing grade of C-)
To be completed satisfactorily within the first 90 hours of OSU generated credits:
For transfer students with sophomore standing or above, Writing II and Speech must be completed within the first 45 hours of OSU generated credits.
No more than two courses from any one department may be used by a student to satisfy the Perspectives category of the core.
Physical Science (with lab) (4 or 8)
Biological Science (with lab) (4 or 8)
Western Culture (3)
Cultural Diversity (3)
Literature and Arts (3)
Social Processes and Institutions (3)
Difference, Power and Discrimination (3)
Two courses used to fulfill the synthesis requirement may not be in the same department.
Contemporary Global Issues (3)
Science, Technology, and Society (3)
Writing Intensive Courses (WIC) (3)
A list of courses and specific departmental requirements of the Baccalaureate Core is available in the OSU AG & NR program Office (Badgley Hall 205).