Want to get your hands dirty while making a difference? Our students work on solving the most complex agricultural and natural resource problems faced in Oregon, our nation and across the globe. Students who want to make a measurable difference in our communities are perfect candidates for a degree in either crop science or soil science. Graduates of our program, in demand across the United States, typically have several job offers by the time that they graduate.

If you want to 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 do 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 at Oregon State University is where you should be.


You can work towards a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science with Agronomy Option, a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science with a Soil Science Option, or a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science with a Plant Breeding and Genetics Option. These degrees provide you with a solid foundation in the natural sciences.


The Agronomy Option is targeted towards students who would like to manage or own farms and ranches or secure positions in agricultural service industries.

Soil Science

The Soil Science Option allows students to explore the amazing world beneath their feet and learn how to use and protect our soil as a natural resource.

Plant Breeding and Genetics

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Option prepares you to breed and perform genetic analysis on crops in the greenhouse, field, and lab.

We also offer minors in Crop Science, Soil Science, or Entomology.


The Department of Crop and Soil Science is made up of a dynamic research community, bolstered by our graduate students, dedicated to using innovative methods to expand our basic and applied knowledge of field crops, cropping systems, soils, agricultural watersheds, and crop-related entomology.

Graduate study in Crop Science

Graduate study in Soil Science

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