We have a long and rich history! As the state's Land Grant University, Oregon State University was created to serve the needs of the people. State support for higher education was first offered in Oregon in 1868, and permanent adoption of Corvallis College as Oregon’s agricultural college came in 1870.  Agricultural and natural resource programs were offered at that time and have been a vital component of faculty research ever since, focusing on one overarching goal -- to improve life for present and future generations of Oregonians. 

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College’s research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future.

The College’s research focus currently targets six broad goals:

  • Enhancing ecosystem services.
  • Providing enhanced water resource management, enhancement and sustainability.
  • Sustainable producing food, feed, fiber.
  • Developing a safe, wholesome, high value and quality food supply.
  • Developing sustainable, bio-based products from renewable resources.
  • Improving the economies, social vitality and quality of life of rural communities and individuals.