Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences (B.S.) Ecampus

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.


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: 
  • Student will understand the physical and ecological elements and processes sustaining ecosystems, and recognize the implications of altering those components.     
  • Student will be able to apply conservation principles in developing conservation approaches for ecosystems or organisms within ecosystems.
  • Student will learn the need to incorporate social information in fisheries and wildlife management.
  • Student will understand the biology, ecology, and evolution of at least one major vertebrate taxon, and can explain how the structure, behavior, and physiology of animals in that taxon adapts them to their environment and influences their ecology. *
  • Student will learn how to interpret, represent, and present data in figures and tables in accordance with professional standards.
  • Student will learn to recognize biases and assumptions in published and unpublished scientific writing.
  • Student will learn the use of logic, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis to arrive at defensible conclusions.
  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to clearly and effectively express themselves in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to clearly and effectively express themselves in oral presentations.
  • Students will develop and learn about the importance of professional collegiality and team building. 
  • Students will demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills in interactions with their peers and FW faculty and staff.

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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 or 1-800-667-1465.

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

Ecampus Enrollment Services Specialist at or 1-800-667-1465.