Pleasanton, CA
Environmental Science


Hi!  My name is Zac Pinard and I am a third-year honors student double-majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy, and Fisheries and Wildlife Science, with a minor in Spanish.  I went to Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA, but migrated up to Oregon State for the excellent environmental programs.

My mom graduated from OSU with two honors degrees, so we have become not only a family of beavers, but a family of Honors beavers!  I originally did not want to go to the same university as my mom for the sake of individuality, but with the diversity and quality of academic programs, and the active Honors College, there was simply no beating OSU.

When I first got here, I was amazed by the sheer number of golden opportunities presented to me.  There were so many interesting classes that excited me such as Adapting to Global Interdependence and Energy IQ, and the quarter system allowed me to fit them into my schedule.  The diversity and quality of campus organizations to get involved with was mind-boggling, and all of them I have participated in have been led by interesting, passionate students.  I recently went to New Zealand with the GeoSciences club for Spring Break to learn about the local geology and hike the Kepler Track, all for under $1,000!  The Honors College especially gave me incredible opportunities, such as the chance to undertake my own thesis project, meet successful, influential people, and learn from a community of motivated, passionate students.  I have also studied abroad, been involved with a number of other clubs, and have worked as a research assistant with Dr. Sarah Gravem’s sea star wasting projects.

I am constantly trying to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.  In college, this attitude has filled my schedule up to the brim (a common characteristic among honors student schedules), but I love exploring everything college, and life, has to offer.  Right now I am an ambassador for the Honors College and CEOAS, Secretary for OSU College Democrats, and an ASOSU Undergraduate Representative.

Through all these activities, I have met a lot of fantastic people in CEOAS, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Honors College, and beyond, and I intend to continue making connections with whomever I can throughout my college career.  If you have any questions about the Honors College, or anything else, feel free to email me!