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

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

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
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
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 and Water
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 279Physical Geography-Weather and Climate4
MTH 243Introduction to Probability and Statistics I4
MTH 112Trigonometry4
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

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
MTH 112
Calculus for Management/Social Science
Calculus I
Writing I:4
Second Term
CH 104
Introduction to Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
FOR 235Resource Measurements4
FW 251Wildlife Conservation3
Writing II:4
Third Term
FOR 208Soils: Sustainable Ecosystems4
FW 212
Survey of Northwest Birds
Survey of Northwest Mammals
Western Culture:3-4
Fourth Term
BI 211Principles of Biology5
G 201
Geology I - The Dynamic Earth
Geology II - Earth's Surface
Physical Geography-Landforms and Water
Literature and the Arts:3-4
MTH 243Introduction to Probability and Statistics I4
Fifth Term
BI 213Principles of Biology5
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Option Course (FOR 111)4
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 279Physical Geography-Weather and Climate4
Sixth Term
BI 212Principles of Biology5
EC 201Microeconomics4
FOR 251
Recreational Resource Management
Conservation of Natural Resources
Hunting in Modern Society
 Total Credits90-94

Outside of

Use the COCC Catalog to find extraordinary classes and degree programs. Start your journey here »