Following your curiosity about the natural word can be the first step toward addressing the big challenges that face us all. Dare to ask the hard questions. Test assumptions. Unravel the inner workings and interrelationships of all living things. Then fit the pieces together to forge solutions.

With nationally recognized science and natural resources programs, Oregon State University can prepare you to take better care of the world we depend ons. You’ll work on projects that have real impacts on food safety, environmental protection, alternative energy sources, sustainable ecosystems and other topics. You'll also learn how to relate scientific research to important public policy issues, moving from discover to action. Are you ready to get to the edgo of what's known? We'll show you how to keep going.


Get ready for what’s next.

To prepare for study in science and natural resources, you should have a strong academic background. You’ll benefit from four years of high school mathematics, including the most advanced courses available, along with coursework in biology, chemistry and physics. You should also pursue a well-balanced background in the social sciences, arts and humanities, including English. And as with most fields today, it’s important to have solid computer skills.

If you have questions about preparing for university-level study in these fields, contact the advising staff in the program you’re considering.

Science and Natural Resources

We offer 200+ degree programs.  Find where you fit.

Agricultural Business Management

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Resource Economics

Agricultural Sciences

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Communications
  • Comparative International Agriculture
  • Leadership

Animal Sciences

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal BioHealth/Pre-Professional
  • Animal Production
  • Equine

Biological Data Sciences

  • Computational Biology
  • Ecological and Environmental Informatics
  • Genomics

Bioresource Research

  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • Applied Genetics
  • Bioproducts and Bioenergy
  • Biotechnology
  • Climate and Biosystems Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food Quality
  • Genomics/Bioinformatics
  • Pest Biology and Management
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Toxicology
  • Water Resources


  • Comprehensive Botany
  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • Molecular, Cellular and Genomic Botany
  • Plant Pathology

Crop and Soil Science

  • Agronomy
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics

Environmental Economics and Policy

Fisheries and Wildlife Science

Food Science and Technology

  • Enology and Viticulture
  • Fermentation Science
  • Food Science


  • Ecological Management of Turf, Landscape and Urban Horticulture
  • Horticultural Research
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Sustainable Horticultural Production
  • Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Viticulture and Enology

Rangeland Sciences

Sustainability (Double Degree)

Earth Sciences

  • Climate Science
  • Geology
  • Ocean Science

Environmental Sciences

Geography and Geospatial Science


Chemical Engineering

Ecological Engineering

Energy Systems Engineering (OSU-Cascades)

Engineering Science (OSU-Cascades)

Environmental Engineering

Forest Engineering

Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering


  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations Management
  • Forest Restoration and Fire

Natural Resources

  • Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
  • Integrated Conservation Analysis
  • Landscape Analysis
  • Natural Resources Education 
  • Policy and Management
  • Urban Forest Landscapes
  • Wildland Fire Ecology

Renewable Materials

  • Advanced Wood Manufacturing
  • Art and Design
  • Marketing and Management
  • Science and Engineering

Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

  • Adventure Leadership Education (OSU-Cascades)
  • Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism (OSU-Cascades)
  • Outdoor Recreation Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Management

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BioHealth Sciences

     (includes pre-med, pre-dentistry and other health field preparation)


  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Education
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Materials Science
  • Pre-Medicine


  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Statistics


  • Aquatic Microbiology


  • Applied Physics
  • Biological Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Geophysics


Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

Scholarships to help you pay for college are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The deadline for applying for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships.

Internships give your career a head start.

Many programs require or encourage on-the-job experience. Increasingly, graduate and professional schools prefer students who have worked in the field. Your professors, department and college, as well as the Oregon State Career Development Center, can help you apply for an internship. 

Learn beyond the classroom.

Oregon State offers a resource-rich environment that encourages you to combine your studies in science and natural resources with opportunities like the Honors College and study abroad programs. You’ll find challenging, unique experiences that support your academic, professional and personal growth — and have fun, too.

Discover, test and solve through research.

Each year, more than 2,000 undergraduates participate in research with professors and graduate students, examining real issues that confront society today. Research projects are especially valuable if you plan to attend graduate school or if your career will involve laboratory work. Check with your major professors about available research opportunities.