November 19, 2010 | | Leave a comment Oregon State University Extended Campus has announced the launch of an online master's degree program in natural resources. Students in this course of study will take part in a 45-credit hour program that can be completed entirely online. College officials say that the curriculum will be focused on educating students in critical thinking, and give them the analytical and technical skills that can help them manage complex and integrated natural resources management issues. “Growth in human population and affluence of well-educated people over coming decades will place ever more pressure on the world’s natural resources: water, wood, flora, fauna, food, air and open spaces,” said Hal Salwasser, dean of the College of Forestry. “This degree will prepare its graduates to tackle those challenges.” The curriculum is specifically designed for conservation students who wish to advance in their careers. However, the degree program is open to any student with two years of professional experience who has obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Students who obtain this degree can launch careers in conservation forestry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for professionals who were working in this field in 2008 was $53,750.