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

Le'Waski Watkins with Hemp

Le'Waski Watkins | Horticulture and Crop & Soil Science | Tuscaloosa, AL

CAS Leadership Academy | First Generation College Student | Class of 2023

Matthew Mehlschau | Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science

Minor in Agriculture and Food Business Management 

Warrens Memorial Scholarship | Flanagan Scholarship | Jefferson, OR




In the News

OSU professor Markus Kleber, left, and graduate student Drew Childs collect soil samples from a crop field near Boardman, Ore., in March 2023. Photo: Cassandra Profita / OPB

How ‘carbon farming’ could help Oregon reach its climate goals

New funding aims to help landowners sequester carbon in the soil of working farms and ranches.

Welcome Dr. Jing Zhou

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jing Zhou has joined the Department of Crop and Soil Science as Assistant Professor – Precision Agriculture...

Udayakumar Sekaran in field

Western Innovator: Research focuses on soil moisture

Capital Press - As Oregon State University researcher Udayakumar Sekaran sees it, soil-moisture sensors help farmers irrigate more...

Sahalie Ellickson (previous wheat student worker, current Soil Science graduate student) showing wheat seeds milled into flour

Oregon State University Wheat Breeding Program Hosts Jefferson County 3rd Grader Outreach Program

The Crop and Soil Science Department’s Wheat Breeding program hosted a group of third graders from Jefferson County as part of their recent...