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B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy – Online

Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy (BSEEP) at Oregon State University is a great option for students with a passion for environmental change and sustainability, focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in various career options, including but not limited to roles as a land use planner, trade analyst, policy specialist, and agricultural policy specialist, produce broker, or program manager. Delivered entirely online, this Bachelor's program is offered through OSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, which is among the top departments globally.

In order to graduate with the B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy from OSU, students must earn a total of 180 credits, including at least 60 upper-level credits; 51 credits fall under the General Education requirements, 96-98 to the major program, and the remaining credits are devoted to B.S. requirements and elective courses.  General education courses fall under five specific areas: skills, requiring 15 credits over five courses; perspectives, with 24 credits over seven courses; one 3-credit class on difference, power and discrimination; two courses in the synthesis area; and a writing intensive course specific to the major.

In the BSEEP program, students must choose from three distinct options, which help narrow the scope of the degree in order to meet a student’s educational and professional goals. The Environmental Economics option focuses on economic and statistical analysis in conjunction with biological, physical, and social sciences. The Environmental Policy option looks closely on the socio-economic aspects and implications in the environmental and political sciences. The General option provides the greatest amount of flexibility, allowing students to work with advisors and professors to create their own curriculum and senior research projects. Regardless of the option they choose, students will take on a wealth of courses under the Agricultural and Resource Economics heading, receiving instruction in environmental law and policy, welfare economics and resource policy, and ecology, to name a few.

To qualify for admission into this program, applicants must have earned a high school diploma with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed 15 required courses. These required courses must be completed with at least a C- in each, and consist of 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, culminating at Algebra II or above, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, with at least one year each in two different sciences, and 2 years of a foreign language. Class rank, class size, academic rigor, and performance on the SAT or ACT are also weighed towards a student’s application.


Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and have completed 15 required courses at the high school level.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and first professional degrees.