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B.S. Agricultural Sciences — Online

Program Details

Prospective students with an interest in farming and agriculture and the way these fields are changing in a modern setting, may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences from Oregon State University. Experienced professors will provide with students valuable knowledge in areas of agricultural science such as animal science, crop and soil science, and agricultural business management. Students enrolled in this program will choose a specialization most relevant to their current or future career goals as well as develop a focused plan of study accordingly.

Oregon State University is one of the top schools in agriculture, recently ranking 8th among over 3,000 other institutions in an international QS ranking study. The flexibility of this online degree is ideal for working individuals whose schedules may not fit the schedule of an on-campus degree program. Students who complete this BS program may be suited for careers as Agriculture Teachers, Loan Officers, Farmers and Ranchers, or Sales Representatives in such fields as science, finance, communication, and agricultural production.

In order to graduate with the BS in Agricultural Sciences from OSU, students must earn a total of 180 credits, including at least 60 upper-level credits; 51 credits are devoted to the General Education requirements; 9 to the area of Business, Law, and Communication; 22 credits to science, 12 of which are earned through General Education; 60 credits towards the Agricultural major. Remaining credits are devoted to elective courses.

Core topics of study include animal physiology, organic farming and gardening, and world food crops. For the business aspect of working in agriculture, students will take courses in agricultural management and law, leadership development, environmental law, and environmental economics and policy. General education courses fall under five specific areas: skills, requiring 15 credits over five courses; perspectives, with 24 credits over 7 courses; one 3-credit class on difference, power and discrimination; two courses in the synthesis area; and a writing intensive course specific to the major.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have earned a high school diploma with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed 15 required courses. These required courses must be completed with at least a C- in each, and consist of 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, culminating at Algebra II or above, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, with at least one year each in two different sciences, and 2 years of a foreign language. Class rank, class size, academic rigor, and performance on the SAT or ACT are also weighed towards a student’s application.


Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and have completed 15 required courses at the high school level.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and first professional degrees.