About

group of people on Oregon coast

As scholars, we are committed to the highest quality teaching in the classroom and the field; to ongoing research both in Portland, the region, and abroad; and to active engagement in wider university and community programs.

We offer:

  • Bachelor’s (BA, BS) for majors and minors
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS) with multiple tracks:  thesis, internship, or skills-based (courses + comprehensive exams)
  • Many online courses
  • Small classes and accessible faculty
  • Hands-on experience in lab and field-based projects
  • Support for transfer and post-baccalaureate students

Our prime mission is to give students “real world” experiences with paths to employment in healthcare, education, cultural resources management, non-profit organizations, community development, law, private consulting companies, or background to pursue further academic training.

Our faculty have long-held partnerships with potential employers in the city and beyond—which helps students transition from the classroom to career. Examples include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. National Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, The Mountain Institute, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Lemur Conservation Foundation, the Oregon Zoo, and various Indigenous nations.