Natural Resources (OSU Transfer) Emphasis - Associate of Science (AS)


The Natural Resources (OSU Transfer) Emphasis Associate of Science is designed to fulfill 90-106 credits of the lower-division requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources at  Oregon State University-Cascades. A fish and wildlife conservation option and an individualized specialty option are available at OSU-Cascades and at Central Oregon Community College. Other universities' requirements for a natural resources degree may be similar. Students planning to transfer to any natural resources program should meet with a forest resources technology advisor to discuss transfer requirements.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Baccalaureate Core
Writing I: 14
Writing II: 14
Speech: 13-4
Mathematics: Met by Program Requirements
Fitness: 13
Perspectives Courses 1,2
Choose one course in each of the following categories:
Physical Science: Met by Program Requirements
Biological Science: Met by Program Requirements
Physical or Biological Science: Met by Program Requirements
Western Culture: 13-4
Literature and the Arts: 13-4
Social Processes and Institutions: Met by Program Requirements 1
Program Requirements
Choose one option from the following: 312-15
Option 1:
General Biology: Cells & Genes
General Biology: Evolution
General Biology: Ecology
Option 2:
Principles of Biology: Cells
Principles of Biology: Organisms
Principles of Biology: Populations
CH 104Introduction to Chemistry I 45
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
EC 201Microeconomics4
FOR 208Soils: Sustainable Ecosystems4
FW 212Survey of Northwest Birds2
or FW 218 Survey of Northwest Mammals
FOR 235Resource Measurements4
FOR 240AForest Ecology3
FOR 241AField Dendrology3
or FOR 241B Dendrology
FOR 251Recreational Resource Management3
or FOR 260 Conservation of Natural Resources
FW 251Wildlife Conservation3
G 201Geology I - The Dynamic Earth4
or G 202 Geology II - Earth's Surface
or GEOG 278 Physical Geography: Landforms in Nature
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 279Physical Geography: From Severe Weather to Climate Change4
STAT 243ZElementary Statistics I4
MTH 112ZPrecalculus II: Trigonometry4
or MTH 241 Calculus for Management/Social Science
or MTH 251 Calculus I
Natural Resources Options
Choose one of the following options (see lists below):4-15
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Option
Individualized Specialty Option
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 53-4
Total Credits90-108

Select from the appropriate category in the OSU Baccalaureate Core course list.


No more than two courses (or lecture/lab combinations) from any one department may be used by a student to satisfy the Perspectives category of the core. GEO courses listed under Physical Science are considered to be from a different department than GEO courses listed under any other Perspective category.


Option 2 is recommended.


CH 221 is recommended if you take BI 221 Principles of Biology: Cells, BI 222 Principles of Biology: Organisms and BI 223 Principles of Biology: Populations.


Consider FW 257 Hunting in Modern Society.

Natural Resources Options

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Option

Course Title Credits
FOR 111Forestry Perspectives4
Total Credits4

Individualized Specialty Option

Course Title Credits
Choose four from the following:8-15
Forestry Perspectives
Field Studies Pacific NW Forests
Plants of the Pacific Northwest
Map, Compass and GPS
Forest Surveying
Aerial Photo
Wildlife Ecology
Applied Forest Ecology
Forest Entomology/Pathology
Silviculture and Harvesting Systems
Total Credits8-15

Advising Notes

The following requirement is not part of the Associate of Science degree, but it is required at Oregon State University:

The difference, power and discrimination requirement is met by an upper-division program requirement.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
FOR 240AForest Ecology3
FOR 241A
Field Dendrology
or Dendrology
MTH 112Z
Precalculus II: Trigonometry
or Calculus for Management/Social Science
or Calculus I
Writing I:4
Second Term
CH 104
Introduction to Chemistry I
or General Chemistry I
FOR 235Resource Measurements4
FW 251Wildlife Conservation3
Writing II:4
Third Term
FOR 208Soils: Sustainable Ecosystems4
FW 212
Survey of Northwest Birds
or Survey of Northwest Mammals
Western Culture:3-4
Fourth Term
BI 221Principles of Biology: Cells5
G 201
Geology I - The Dynamic Earth
or Geology II - Earth's Surface
or Physical Geography: Landforms in Nature
Literature and the Arts:3-4
STAT 243ZElementary Statistics I4
Fifth Term
BI 223Principles of Biology: Populations5
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Option Course (FOR 111)4
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 279Physical Geography: From Severe Weather to Climate Change4
Sixth Term
BI 222Principles of Biology: Organisms5
EC 201Microeconomics4
FOR 251
Recreational Resource Management
or Conservation of Natural Resources
or Hunting in Modern Society
 Total Credits90-94

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