BioResource Research (BRR) is an interdisciplinary biosciences major centered around student research. Students take biosciences core courses, complete an option (bioscience/agriculture/natural resource specialization) and do a research project of their choice with a faculty mentor. This research opportunity is unmatched in any other program at OSU.

BRR students are looking for more than the usual OSU education. They like to see the relevancy of their education, make a difference and gain work experience while reaching their educational goals.

Nearly all of BRR graduates have found jobs or been admitted to graduate or professional schools within three months of graduating.

Core Courses

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Take foundation courses in the biological and physical sciences.


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Choose an option (area of specialization) and tailor your upper-division courses to support your interests.


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Do a mentored research project in a cutting-edge area of science and agriculture.


The BioResource Research Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences provides research-based, interdisciplinary education, in conjunction with a rigorous biosciences curriculum and opportunities for experiential learning and professional development, in fields related to biological resources, agriculture, environmental, food and health sciences. Our graduates can contribute successfully to their future career fields or graduate programs, and think critically to help solve the world’s bioresource-related problems.

What makes BRR so great?

  • BRR is one of the top research-based undergraduate programs in the nation.
  • BRR has a terrific adviser.
  • Students are high achievers:
    • 50% have a GPA greater or equal to 3.25; almost a third are on the Dean's List.
    • 13% are in the Honors College.
    • Many double-major in related fields, or complete a minor.
  • By graduation, virtually all BRR students have presented their research at a scientific meeting, been awarded their own research or internship funding, been a co-author on a publication, or more than one of these.
  • BRR prepares students for graduate programs and medical school.
  • Almost a third of BRR students identify themselves as ethnic or racial minorities.
    • BRR Members of MANRRS (Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) have consistently been national competition winners and student leaders.
  • 100% of graduates find jobs or enter graduate/professional school within three months of graduating.
    • 60% go to graduate or professional school;
    • Others use their training to gain employment with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, environmental consulting and engineering, teaching, science outreach, non-profits, and governmental natural resource regulatory agencies.

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