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.


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


SOC 480*
Environmental Sociology
SOC 481*
Society and Natural Resources

Elective Courses

(please contact the Sociology Program to discuss potential course substitutions to this list)

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 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