Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Degree Check Sheet

Benefits of our program include small class sizes with tremendous faculty interaction at a lower cost.

Agriculture is one of the main foundations of a nation’s economy and security—from local farming to worldwide exports.  US agriculture is the “most productive in the world.”  As population increases, our climate changes and standards of living and health improve, agriculture experts are increasingly in demand.  As a Land Grant Institution, OSU has the unique ability to apply current research, techniques and technology into a student’s education while addressing the needs and rapidly changing conditions of today’s agricultural opportunities and challenges for local, regional, and global partners. 

The world of agriculture requires knowledge from a diverse array of agricultural and non-agricultural disciplines to continue to provide food, fiber, and energy to a growing world population. We design and structure a course of study to meet a student’s individual goals while preparing them for the breadth of training needed to be successful as an agricultural professional.  Students will also develop a strong foundation in chemistry, biology and problem solving skills. Students gain practical and academic knowledge that broadly cover many areas in agriculture, and have the opportunity to utilize a combination of minors to specialize in areas such as animal, crop, rangeland and soil science or business administration. These experiences provide the required knowledge and proficiency of soil, plant and animal systems; while incorporating business principles and public education and leadership needed in today’s competitive work environment.  

With a degree in Agricultural Sciences, you can get a wide-ranging education that covers agriculture production, agribusiness and environmental issues.

Courses Available

Students are required to take a year of biology, 2 quarters of chemistry, college algebra and writing composition, plus basic courses in accounting and business principles. Agricultural Science students are required to take one additional communications course and Agriculture Leadership. One-third of the degree credits can be from any Agriculture, Animal Science, Rangeland Science, Crop & Soil Science, or Fish & Wildlife courses offered through the OSU Ag & NR program. Students can also take additional credits from the Eastern Oregon University Business Administration Program. 

Minors are available in: Animal Science, Business Administration (EOU), Crop Science, Fish & Wildlife Conservation, and Rangeland Science.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding of major agricultural themes and issues, domestically and worldwide
  2. Analyze the effectiveness of agricultural practices, sustainability issues and global agricultural movements and trends.
  3. Understanding of the effect of broad social, economic, and environmental forces upon the agricultural industry.
  4. Leadership and communication skills in agricultural communities throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Career Paths

Agricultural Science students are qualified for, but not limited to:

  • Agriculture teacher/education
  • Agriculture commodity liaison
  • Agricultural sales/marketing 
  • Commodity sales/broker
  • County agent
  • Farm or ranch manager
  • Field representative, food production or processing industry
  • Lending officer
  • Public relations or communications specialist for agri-business
  • Soil and water conservationist