Crop & Soil Science

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Crop & Soil Science

Bachelor of Science in Crop & Soil Science

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; or practice cutting-edge gene research in crop plants or soil microbes; or use your soils knowledge to do remediation work on contaminated sites, the Department of Crop and Soil Science is where you should be.

Faces of AgSci

“I’m fascinated by food-producing crops, and I have a desire to learn more about how these plants work, both at the level of plant physiology, and up to the whole farm ecosystem level.” - Tessa Barker, ASHS and ISHS member

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,396 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  36 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $90M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Crop & Soil Science Degree Options

  • Agronomy (also Ecampus)
  • Soil Science (also Ecampus)
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics

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 Crop & Soil Science include:

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

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 Crop & Soil Science advising, contact Stefan Seiter

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B.S. in Crop & Soil Science Example 4-Year Plan | 2020-2021

CH 121 Gen Chem 5 AEC 221 Ag & Food Mktg 3 AEC 211 Ag and Food Mgmt 5
  HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness 2 CH 122 Gen Chem 5 CH 123 Gen Chem 5
  CROP 101 OR SOIL 101 OR HORT 101** 1 AEC 250 Intro to Envir Econ & Policy OR ECON 201 OR SOIL Elective** 3-4 OPTION COURSE** 1
  WR 121 Eng Comp 3 MTH 111 Algebra or MTH 112 Elem Func or MTH 211 Foun. of Elementary Math 4 BACCORE * 4
  Speech BACCORE* 3        
  HHS241 or PAC 1        
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 15
2nd Year BI 221 Prins of Bio OR BI 204 Intro Bio** 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio OR BI 205 Intro Bio** 4 BI 223 Prins of Bio OR BI 206 Intro Bio** 4
  CROP 200 Crop Ecol 3 SOIL 205 + 206 Soil Science + Lab 4 CROP 280 Intro Complexity of Oregon Cropping Sytms 1
  HORT 301 Growth & Dvlpmt of Hort Crops 3 OPTION COURSE ** 3-4 OPTION COURSE** 3-4
  MTH 241 OR MTH 245 OR MTH 251 3-4     OPTION COURSE** 3-4
  Total Credits 13-14 Total Credits 11-12 Total Credits 11-13
3rd Year OPTION COURSE ** 4 CROP 440 Weed Mgmnt 4 BACCORE* 3
  OPTION COURSE** 3-4 ENT 311 Intro Insect Pest 4 CROP 330 World Food Crps or FES 365 Issues in Nat Res Conserv 3
  SOIL 316 Nutri Cycling in AgroEcoSyst 4 OPTION COURSE ** 4 OPTION COURSE** 4
  BI 370 or BOT 341 or RNG 341 or HORT 318 4 ST 351 Intro to Stat Meths or ST 411 Methods of Data Analysis 4 OPTION COURSE** 4
  Total Credits 17-18 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15
4th Year CROP 414 Precision Ag 4 SOIL 407 or CROP 407 Seminar 1 BACCORE* 4
  PBG 430 Plant Genetics 3 BACCORE* 3 OPTION COURSE** 3
  PBG 431 Plant Genetics Recitation 1 OPTION COURSE** 3-4 CROP 480 Case Stud in Cropping Systems Mgmt 4
  Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 12-16 Total Credits 15
NOTES         Total Credits 180*

*BACCORE= Speech, Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural diversity, Literature & Arts, Social Processes, and Difference Power, Discrimination. Synthesis Courses – Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society & Contemporary Global Issues.
**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at