The Department of Crop and Soil Science solves problems related to field crop agriculture, natural systems, rural and urban economies, and natural resource management.

Get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Crop and Soil Science

As an undergraduate, you'll have many chances for hands-on learning. Research opportunities for students include projects in breeding plants for food, oil and other uses, the science behind soil health, small farm operations and more, while your required internship will introduce you to the different career options available to you once you graduate. Student club activities will help you hone your leadership skills, positioning you for an exciting career in agronomy, soil science, or plant breeding.

Learn about Graduate Programs

The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers graduate work in the following areas:

Crop Science & Production

We're committed to acquiring, integrating and sharing basic and applied knowledge about field crops and cropping systems in an ever-changing world.
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Soil Science

We strive to understand the structure and function of the earth's surface. Our broad discipline includes soil biology, chemistry, physics, fertility, and pedology.
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Our Students

Tessa Barker | M.S. Crop Science | Class of 2022

Salem, OR | ISHS member | B.A. Sociology

ASHS Undergraduate Oral Competition 2nd & 3rd Place 

Matthew Mehlschau | Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science

Minor in Agriculture and Food Business Management 

Warrens Memorial Scholarship | Flanagan Scholarship | Jefferson, OR




In the News

Student Spotlight - Alexandra "Lex" Robertson

Lex Robertson | Crop and Soil Science Undergraduate | Soil Science Option | 2024 CSS Outstanding Senior Award Receipient


Student Spotlight - Lane Marsh

Lane Marsh | Crop and Soil Science Undergraduate | Agronomy Option | Crop and Soil Science Club Secretary

About Lane:...

Revamped Research Bakery unveiled in Crop Science Building


Five and a half years after the first cardboard cutout plans were passed on to CAS architect Joshua Hackenbruck to start calculating...

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Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge

Get a garden growing with the Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge! Michelle Markesteyn, Oregon State University Extension’s Farm to School...