Zac Pinard
Pleasanton, CA
Environmental Science


Hi!  My name is Zac Pinard and I am a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy.  I also have two minors– one in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and one 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 are not only a family of beavers, but a family of Honors beavers as well!  I originally did not want to go to the same university as my mom purely 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 all of the fantastic opportunities presented to me.  Many honors classes excited me, such as Adaptation to Global Interdependence and Energy IQ, and the quarter system allowed me to fit them all into my schedule.  The diversity and quality of campus organizations to get involved with was also amazing, and all of them I have participated in have been led by interesting, passionate students.  The Honors College especially gave me incredible opportunities, such as the chance to undertake my own thesis project, meet influential professionals, and learn from a community of motivated, passionate students.  I have also studied abroad twice, been involved with a number of clubs, and have worked as a research assistant for multiple projects.

I am constantly trying to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.  In college, this attitude has filled my schedule up to the brim (a common characteristic among honors students), but I love exploring everything life has to offer.  I am currently an ambassador for the Honors College and CEOAS, Vice President of OSU College Democrats, and the ASOSU cabinet’s Coordinator of Environmental Affairs.

Through all these activities, I have met many fantastic people from every corner of OSU, and I intend to continue making connections with whomever I can throughout my college career.  If you have questions about the Honors College, or anything else, feel free to email me!