Undergraduate Degrees

The College of Agricultural Sciences offers educational opportunities for virtually endless career paths. Browse over 20 degree majors, many of which offer options for specialization. Consider one of over 20 undergraduate minors, to help build your knowledge across disciplines and prepare you for an ever-changing job market.

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Agricultural & Food Business Management

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural & Food Business Management teaches students to navigate the important intersection of business, food systems, and agriculture. We combine practical skills (marketing, finance, management) with rigorous analytical approaches. This degree equips students with the tools that are highly sought by...

Career Highlights

  • Buyer or Purchasing Agent
  • Agricultural Sales or Marketing
  • Inspector or Quality Controller
  • Market Analyst
  • Farm Manager or Owner

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Agricultural Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

The Agricultural Sciences major gives students the freedom to design their own degree, and empowers students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in communication and education, or in any area of agriculture. Learning within the Agricultural Sciences major is not limited to the classroom, and students are encouraged to gain real world...

Career Highlights

  • Agricultural Sales or Marketing
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Agronomist
  • Animal Breeder of Husbandry
  • Public Service

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Animal Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences provides students the most current and up-to-date information on production methods invovled in the care and management of companion animals, livestock, and poultry. Students are prepared to go on to advanced studies in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, pharmacy school, human medicine,...

Career Highlights

  • Feed Mill Manger
  • Rancher or Farm Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Breeder
  • Inspector or Grader

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Animal Sciences Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences provides students the most current and up-to-date information on production methods invovled in the care and management of companion animals, livestock, and poultry. Students are prepared to go on to advanced studies in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, pharmacy school, human medicine,...

Career Highlights

  • Local, State or Federal Government
  • Rancher or Farm Manager
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Animal Breeder
  • Livestock Merchandising and Business

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Biological Data Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The life sciences have been transformed by the ability to rapidly collect large-scale datasets. Students studying Biological Data Sciences will be at the interface of life and quantitative sciences and study as well as use large datasets to address important questions across disciplines of the life sciences.

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Biological Data Sciences Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The life sciences have been transformed by the ability to rapidly collect large-scale datasets. Students studying Biological Data Sciences will be at the interface of life and quantitative sciences and study as well as use large datasets to address important questions across disciplines of the life sciences.

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BioResource Research

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

BioResource Research (BRR) is an interdisciplinary biosciences major centered around student research. Students take science core courses, complete an option in the FANH (Food, Agriculture, Natural resources, and Human) sciences, and do a research project of their choice under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Nearly 100% of BRR graduates have...

Career Highlights

  • Researcher or Lab Technician
  • Plant or Animal Geneticist
  • Bioinformatic Data Scientist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Natural Resource Manager

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Botany

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

Botany students learn about plants at all levels of biological organization, from molecular and cellular processes to the global ecosystem. In addition to addressing fundamental questions in plant biology, plant scientists in the 21st century will be called upon to provide information useful for producing food, fiber, and medicine for an...

Career Highlights

  • Ecologist or Pathologist
  • Conservation Expert
  • Federal or State Agency Botanist
  • Lab Tech
  • Pathology Consultant

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Comparative International Agriculture Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The minor provides students with opportunities to explore international agricultural concepts and practical experiences through global awareness coursework, cultural immersion via study or internship abroad, and through classroom learning about global issues in agriculture. The 27 credit hour curriculum prepares students for a wide range of...

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Crop & Soil Science

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Crop and Soil Science students work on solving the most complex agricultural and natural resource problems faced in Oregon, our nation, and across the globe. If you want to help feed the people of Oregon, the United States and the world; or be part of a team exploring biofuels and bioproducts to increase energy independence in the United States...

Career Highlights

  • Grower or Production Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Scientist or Conservationist
  • Extension Agent
  • Agronomist or Consultant

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Crop Science Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

Crop and Soil Science students work on solving the most complex agricultural and natural resource problems faced in Oregon, our nation, and across the globe. If you want to help feed the people of Oregon, the United States and the world; or be part of a team exploring biofuels and bioproducts to increase energy independence in the United States...

Career Highlights

  • Grower or Production Manager
  • Agronomist or Consultant
  • Extension Agent

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Ecological Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Ecological Engineering (EcoE) blends engineering and science, and focuses on the design of sustainable systems (natural, urban, and agricultural) that integrate human activities into the natural environment to the benefit of both.

Career Highlights

  • Entrepreneurial Start-ups
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Industrial Clients
  • Engineering Consulting Companies

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Entomology Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The Entomology minor is available to all OSU students. A minimum of 27 credits is required, at least 12 of which must be upper-division credits.

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Environmental Economics & Policy

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The environmental economics and policy (EEP) undergraduate degree program will empower you to draw on strong economic and data analysis skills to promote environmental and natural resource stewardship. Environmental problems and misuse of natural resources are caused by human behavior, and thus must be solved by changing behavior. While...

Career Highlights

  • Program Manager
  • Policy Specialist or Analyst
  • Government, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors
  • Lawyer
  • Environmental Consultant

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Environmental Economics and Policy Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

OSU has a proud history of research and education in agricultural, resource and environmental economics and is a recognized leader in developing the applied resource economics field. Courses within this minor program are taught by OSU's world-class faculty, who are recognized internationally for excellence in research and innovation.

Career Highlights

  • Research and Nonprofit Foundations
  • Resource Management and Policy Responsibilities
  • Private-Based Sectors
  • Promoting Sustainable and Effective Management Practices
  • State and Federal Government Agencies

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Environmental Law and Policy Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

In the past, evaluations and mitigation of environmental and natural resource problems have been based on technical and scientific solutions. But the current approach requires socioeconomic and legal impact assessment of economic development projects and activities that involve natural resources and the environment.

Career Highlights

  • Regulatory Compliance and Government-Based Policy
  • Resource Management and Policy
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Promoting Sustainable and Effective Management Practices

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Fermentation Science Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The Fermentation Science program, one of just a handful in the nation, is a hands-on applied science addressing the use of microorganisms as processing agents in the production of wine and beer, as well as a variety of other fermented foods such as cheese, yogurt, soy sauce, pickles, breads and fermented vegetables. Courses specific to the...

Career Highlights

  • Baking and Other Fermented Foods
  • Cheesemaking
  • Brewer
  • Winemaker
  • Food and Beverage Industry

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Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences offers world-class training in processes and strategies for the management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and marine species and their habitats. Students in our degree program learn to think critically and evaluate problems concerning fundamental ecological principles using...

Career Highlights

  • Hatchery Manager
  • Animal Keeper or Trainer
  • Research Biologist or Ecologist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Naturalist or Outdoor Educator

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Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences offers world-class training in processes and strategies for the management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and marine species and their habitats. Students in our degree program learn to think critically and evaluate problems concerning fundamental ecological principles using...

Career Highlights

  • Research Biologist or Ecologist
  • Wildlife or Fisheries Biologist
  • Zookeeper or Animal Trainer
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Hatchery Manager

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Food Manufacturing Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

The Food Manufacturing minor introduces students to several engineering and operations concepts. A key component of the minor is a three-month manufacturing internship at a food processing facility. Prior to the internship, students will work within the department’s pilot plants, producing at least one of cheese, beer, wine, liquors, or fruit and...

Career Highlights

  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Food or Flavor Chemist
  • Sensory or Food Scientist
  • Packaging Supervisor

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Food Science & Technology

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

As Alton Brown says, “All food is science” and nothing could be truer. Well suited to those with a scientific bent and a deep curiosity about food, our students come to understand the edible world through this fascinating field of study that combines Biology, Chemistry, Fermentation, Engineering and so much more.

Career Highlights

  • Packaging Supervisor
  • Food or Flavor Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Dairy Products Specialist
  • Sensory or Food Scientist

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Horticulture

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

Our courses address contemporary, real-world problems and guide you in developing the knowledge and skills to solve them. In class, you’ll participate in hands-on laboratory and field experiences, installation and construction of horticultural systems, student-managed projects, and field-based problem solving.

Career Highlights

  • Therapeutic Horticulturalist
  • Nursery or Greenhouse Manager
  • Vineyard
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Plant Breeder or Geneticist

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Leadership Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

This minor applies to students of all majors and is intended to enhance the leadership potential of students throughout the university. If you are interested in developing your leadership potential, the Leadership Minor is for you!

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Marine Conservation and Management Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

Follow your passion to help protect and sustain living marine resources by earning your marine conservation and management minor with Oregon State University.

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Organic Farming Systems Undergraduate Certificate

  • Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Organic Farming Systems Certificate will provide you with technical skills and knowledge in organic farming production and regulation. The program emphasizes organic management of soil health, pests and diseases, weeds, and inputs while also providing understanding of organic regulations, policy, economics, and social...

Career Highlights

  • Organic Farming Production and Regulation

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Rangeland Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

Rangeland sciences is the study and sustainable management of rangelands across a variety of biomes, from arid deserts, to mesic grasslands, to tropical savannahs. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide advanced scientific knowledge regarding multiple ecological processes and social drivers influencing rangeland ecosystems...

Career Highlights

  • Range Economist
  • Rangeland Conservationist
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Rancher or Farm Manager

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Soil Science Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

Crop and Soil Science students work on solving the most complex agricultural and natural resource problems faced in Oregon, our nation, and across the globe. If you want to help feed the people of Oregon, the United States and the world; or be part of a team exploring biofuels and bioproducts to increase energy independence in the United States...

Career Highlights

  • Extension Agent
  • Soil Scientist or Conservationist
  • Erosion Control Specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Agronomist or Consultant

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Sustainability Double Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Undergraduate Minor

The Sustainability Double Degree (SDD) Program allows you to add a B.S. in Sustainability to your degree plan in any other major at OSU. Students from majors as different as Business Administration, Natural Resources, and Sociology come to the SDD Program to gain a better understanding of the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of...

Career Highlights

  • Corporate sustainability
  • Food and agriculture
  • NGO or other nonprofit
  • Policy making and regulation
  • Sustainable engineering

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Toxicology Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

There is a growing interest in protecting human and environmental health, environmental toxicology, and computational toxicology making this a contemporary field of study for undergraduate students.

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Turf and Landscape Management Minor

  • Undergraduate Minor

Our courses address contemporary, real-world problems and guide you in developing the knowledge and skills to solve them. In class, you’ll participate in hands-on laboratory and field experiences, installation and construction of horticultural systems, student-managed projects, and field-based problem solving.

Career Highlights

  • Farm
  • Athletic Field Director
  • Landscape and Public Garden Manager
  • Vineyard
  • Restoration Ecologist

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Urban Agriculture

  • Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate will train you to capitalize on new markets in agriculture not addressed by traditional rural farming. Learn about modern techniques and technologies that can produce high quality and diverse goods grown right in their urban destination market — such as culturally significant ingredients, crops that don't transport well or...

Career Highlights

  • Agricultural Entrepreneur
  • Urban Farmer

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