BioResource Research

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
BioResource Research

Bachelor of Science in BioResource Research

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 found jobs or been admitted to graduate or professional schools within three months of graduating.

Faces of AgSci

“I hope my studies and future research in bioenergy will help cut the use of fossil fuels out of the world’s diet." - Joshua Flores, STEM Leader Program, First generation college student

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,618 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  30 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $100M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

BioResource Research Degree Options

  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • Applied Genetics
  • Bioproducts & Bioenergy
  • Biotechnology
  • Climate and Biosystems Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food Quality
  • Genomics/Bioinformatics
  • Pest Biology and Management
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Toxicology
  • Water Resources

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in BioResource Research include:

  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Researcher or Lab Technician
  • Medical Doctor
  • Plant or Animal Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental or Climate Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Bioinformatic Data Scientist
  • Food Research and Development
  • Clinical Research Director

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For BioResource Research advising, contact Wanda Crannell

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B.S. in BioResource Research | 2022-2023

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.

1st Year BI 221 Prins of Bio 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio 4 BI 223 Prins of Bio 4 Clubs and professional organizations
  BRR 100 Great Exp in BRR 2 CH 232 Gen Chem 4 CH 233 Gen Chem 4 Pre-med students take BI 109 Spring term
  CH 231 Gen Chem, 4 CH 262 Lab for Chem 232 1 CH 263 Lab for Chem 233 1  
  CH 261 Lab for Chem 231 1 Unrestricted Elective 3 COMM 111 Public Speaking 3  
  HHS 231: Lifetime Fitness 2 WR 121 English Comp 3 BACCORE* – Lit & Arts or Cult Div 3  
  PAC / Free Electives 1-2          
  Total Credits 14-15 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15  
2nd Year CH 331 Organic Chem 4 BRR 200 Science and Research 2 CH 337 Organic Chem Lab 4 Ambassador/Leadership activities


PH 201 General Physics 5 CH 332 Organic Chem 4 PH 203 Gen Physics 5 Off-campus summer research experiences or internships
  BACCORE* – Lit & Arts or Cult Div 3 PH 202 General Physics 5 WR 327 or 362 Technical/Science Writing 3  
  ST 351 Intro to Statistical Methods 4 BACCORE Diff., Power and Discrim. 4 PHL 205 Ethics 4  
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16  
3rd Year BRR 401 Research and Scholarship 1 BRR 401 Research and Scholarship 4 BRR 401 Research and Scholarship 3 Off-campus summer research experiences or internships
  BI 311 Genetics 4 MTH 252 Integral Calc or MTH 228 Calc & Prob for Life Sci 4 BACCORE* Contemp Global Issues 3 MCATs/GREs graduate school prep
  MTH 251 Diff. Calc or MTH 227 Calc & Prob for Life Sci 4 2 Option Course ** 7 2 Option Course ** 6 Investigate AMP (Accelerated Masters Platform)
  BACCORE* Social Proc & Inst 3     WR 327 Technical Writing 3  
  Option Specialization Course 3          
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15  
4th Year BRR 401 Research & Scholarship 3 BRR 401 Research and Scholarship 3 BRR 407 Seminar 1 NSF GRFP
  BRR 409 Practicum 2 BRR 406 Projects-Data Pres. 1 BRR 403 Thesis 4  
  BB 350 Elementary BioChem or BB 450 Gen BioChem or 490 BioChem Struct & Function 3-4 BB 451 Gen Biochm II, or BB 314 3-4 Unrestricted Electives 3 MCATs/GRE’s graduate school prep for those taking gap year and/or participating in Post-bac training
  2 Option Course ** 7 Option Course ** 3 Option Course ** 3  
      Unrestricted Electives 3 BACCORE** Science, Tech and Soc 3  
  Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 13-14 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 180

*BACCORE = Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural Diversity, Literature & Arts, Social Processes, Difference, Power, & Discrimination (met with FW Human Dimension Course). Synthesis Courses – Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society, and Contemporary Global Issues.

**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at