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The College of Agricultural Sciences offers educational opportunities for virtually endless career paths. Browse over 40 undergraduate degree programs, including more than 20 majors, many of which offer options for specialization. Take your education to the next level with one of our graduate degrees. Or, broaden your skillset by completing a graduate certificate. Whether you want to pursue your degree remotely or at one of our four campuses in Corvallis, Bend, La Grande, or Newport—find your next path forward here.

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...

Agricultural & Food Business Management

  • Market Analyst
  • Farm Manager or Owner
  • Inspector or Quality Controller
  • Loan Officer

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Agricultural Education

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)

The Agricultural Education degree is a graduate degree and licensure program with the primary mission to prepare qualified agricultural educators for a variety of roles in education and agriculture. The department provides a primary source of teachers of agriculture and offers service and leadership to the teaching profession. Our faculty...

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Agricultural Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences works closely with the College of Education to offer a valuable degree program that allows our students to be well prepared for faculty and administrative positions in universities, cooperative extension, supervisory, and administrative positions in state departments of...

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Agricultural Sciences

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

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...

Agricultural Sciences

  • Agricultural Sales or Marketing
  • Agronomist
  • Animal Breeder of Husbandry
  • Grower or Production Manager

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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,...

Animal Sciences

  • Inspector or Grader
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Nutrition
  • Veterinarian

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Animal Sciences

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our programs are supported by modern laboratories, field stations, and centralized farm services. The department has extensive livestock and poultry facilities within two miles of campus, including a high-producing dairy herd, two beef barns with a capacity for 125-head, a small confinement swine unit, horse research barns, and poultry flocks...

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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,...

Animal Sciences Minor

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Inspector or Grader
  • Local, State or Federal Government
  • Feed Mill Manger

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Applied Economics

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our highly-ranked Applied Economics degrees train students in advanced economic theory and quantitative economic analysis methods leading to analytical and policy applications. The program emphasizes economic applications to real-world settings and crossdisciplinary collaborations in two primary fields: environmental and resource economics...

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Biological & Ecological Engineering

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Engineering (MENG)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The graduate program in Biological & Ecological Engineering deals with diverse issues in the design and analysis of a wide range of biological and hydrologic systems. Focus areas are in bioprocessing, biosystems analysis and water resource engineering/watershed analysis. 

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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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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...

BioResource Research

  • Food Research and Development
  • Plant or Animal Geneticist
  • Environmental or Climate Scientist
  • Bioinformatic Data Scientist

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Botany

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

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...

Botany

  • Museum Botanist
  • County Extension Agent
  • Pathology Consultant
  • Ecologist or Pathologist

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Botany and Plant Pathology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology offers graduate programs in the following areas of concentration: ecology, genetics, genomics and computational biology, molecular and cellular biology, mycology, plant pathology, plant physiology, and systematics.

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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...

Crop & Soil Science

  • Extension Agent
  • Erosion Control Specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Agronomist or Consultant

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Crop Science

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers 2 Crop Science graduate degrees with 3 areas of specialization, each with multiple disciplines and commodities.

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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...

Crop Science Minor

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

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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.

Ecological Engineering

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

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Entomology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Entomology Graduate Program offers qualified candidates opportunities for graduate study and research leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In keeping with traditional areas of strength at the university, a number of major research programs in entomology deal with problems in agriculture,...

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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...

Environmental Economics & Policy

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

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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.

Environmental Economics and Policy Minor

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

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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.

Environmental Law and Policy Minor

  • Promoting Sustainable and Effective Management Practices
  • Research and Nonprofit Foundations
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Regulatory Compliance and Government-Based Policy

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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...

Fermentation Science Minor

  • Cheesemaking
  • Winemaker
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Brewer

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Fisheries & Wildlife Administration

  • Professional Science Master (PSM)

The Professional Science Master's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSMFWA) provides advanced training for recent graduates of undergraduate programs looking to enter the workforce and early-career professionals employed by natural resources agencies, non-government organizations, and other entities with a need for expertise in...

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Fisheries & Wildlife 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...

Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

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

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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...

Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences Minor

  • Wildlife or Fisheries Biologist
  • Naturalist or Outdoor Educator
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Hatchery Manager

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Fisheries Management

  • Graduate Certificate

The Fisheries or Wildlife Management Graduate Certificates prepare you to learn effective solutions to complex fisheries or wildlife management challenges at both local and international levels. You'll gain the knowledge needed to handle many different issues in the management of fisheries or wildlife resources.

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Fisheries Science

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Fisheries research in graduate studies involves quantitative analyses of marine and freshwater fish populations, water quality, fish systematics, fish and invertebrate physiology, stream ecology, modeling of aquatic ecosystems, land use interactions, endangered species, conservation biology, and aquaculture.

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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...

Food Manufacturing Minor

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

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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.

Food Science & Technology

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

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Food Science and Technology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Food processing and engineering research deals with basic and applied aspects of contemporary food technologies. Areas of emphasis include the measurement and modeling of thermo-physical properties of foods and the modeling of heat and mass transfer phenomena. Other studies deal with the use of high pressure as a means of food preservation...

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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.

Horticulture

  • Golf Course Superintendent or Athletic Field Director
  • Landscape and Public Garden Manager
  • Farm
  • Plant Breeder or Geneticist

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Horticulture

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The MS and PhD degrees culminate in original research reported in a thesis and are often pursued by students interested in research related careers, or who wish direct training in research methods.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree program is designed to permit students to formulate programs that integrate work from three separate disciplines. Breadth of study is important in designing the program. A research paper or thesis offers the opportunity to integrate the three disciplines.

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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.

Marine Conservation and Management Minor

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Microbiology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our research covers a broad range of subjects involving viruses, bacteria and parasites, and their roles in the health of the environment and humans, animals and plants.  Microbiology faculty are strongly multidisciplinary and also train graduate students enrolled in related programs such as Molecular & Cellular Biology, Soil Science,...

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Organic Agriculture

  • Graduate Certificate

Organic food production in the United States is booming, and your opportunity to positively influence this fast-developing market starts by earning your Graduate Certificate in Organic Agriculture online from 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...

Organic Farming Systems Undergraduate Certificate

  • Organic Farming Production and Regulation

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Rangeland Ecology and Management

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our programs are supported by modern laboratories, field stations, and centralized farm services. The department has extensive livestock and poultry facilities within two miles of campus, including a high-producing dairy herd, two beef barns with a capacity for 125-head, a small confinement swine unit, horse research barns, and poultry flocks...

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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...

Rangeland Sciences

  • Land Use Planner
  • Range Economist
  • Game Enforcement
  • Soil and Water Conservationist

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Soil Science

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

We offer graduate programs, with specialization in various fields of soil science, leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Supporting course work is chosen for each student from the basic sciences and other related fields. Original research is an essential part of M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Each program is individually designed by the student and...

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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...

Soil Science Minor

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

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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...

Sustainability Double Degree

  • Waste prevention and management
  • Food and agriculture
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Education

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Toxicology

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

EMT offers a highly collegial and exceptionally collaborative, research and training environment dedicated to the success and advancement of all EMT students, faculty and staff. The program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the interdisciplinary science of toxicology, and prepares them for leadership positions in research...

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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.

Turf and Landscape Management Minor

  • Plant Breeder or Geneticist
  • Athletic Field Director
  • Vineyard
  • Golf Course Superintendent

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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...

Urban Agriculture

  • Urban Farmer
  • Agricultural Entrepreneur

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Wildlife Management

  • Graduate Certificate

The Fisheries or Wildlife Management Graduate Certificates prepare you to learn effective solutions to complex fisheries or wildlife management challenges at both local and international levels. You'll gain the knowledge needed to handle many different issues in the management of fisheries or wildlife resources.

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Wildlife Science

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The wildlife graduate program in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife includes wildlife research concerning the interaction of wildlife with land uses, migratory waterfowl, upland game birds, forest bird communities, endangered species, population dynamics, and conservation biology.

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