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

Matthew Mehlschau | Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science

Minor in Agriculture and Food Business Management 

Warrens Memorial Scholarship | Flanagan Scholarship | Jefferson, OR

Faces: Yan Yan title

Yan Yan | Crop and Soil Science | Chongqing, China 

OSU Hiking Club President | CAS Ambassador | Class of 2022

First-generation female college student in the US

Top prize for Branch Experiment Station Research Poster/Presentation

for the 2020 CAS Undergraduate Research Showcase 

 

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