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Environmental and Natural Resource

alsea - taken by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State ArchivesThe option is designed to provide students with the ability to apply social science concepts and approaches to better understand relationships between societies and their bio-physical environment from a sociological perspective.  This option has great relevance for sociology students aspiring to careers in natural resource and environmental policy, planning, management, and education, as well as preparation for advanced/graduate programs related to environmental law and environment/natural resource sociology or policy.

Courses (total must add up to at least 21 credits – Sociology upper division electives are 4 credits unless otherwise noted)

Required Courses:
SOC 480*          Environmental Sociology
SOC 481*          Society and Natural Resources

Elective Courses:
SOC 360*          Population Trends and Policy
SOC 454*          Leisure and Culture
SOC 456*          Science and Technology in a Social Context
SOC 475            Rural Sociology
SOC 485*          Consensus and Natural Resources [3 credits]
SOC 499            Special Topics related to Community and Demography
SOC 410            1 to 4 credits of Internship Experience

No more than two of the following elective courses can count towards the option:
ANTH 481*       Natural Resources and Community Values [3 credits]
GEO  420         Geography of Resource Use
GEO  423         Land Use
PHL   440*       Environmental Ethics [3 credits]
PHL   443*       World Views and Environmental Values [3 credits]
PS     475*       Environmental Politics and Policy
NR    455 *       Natural Resources Decision Making [3 credits] [on-campus section needs instructor approval]

*Also offered online