Agricultural SciencesB.S.

Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.
Cost per credit
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

Curriculum: B.S. Agricultural Sciences — Online

This is a 180-credit undergraduate program, at the end of which you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences. Each admitted student works with an academic advisor to construct a detailed plan for the completion of his or her degree.

Required classes in the agricultural sciences online degree program reflect an agricultural core, which consists of soil science, leadership and management in agriculture, computer science, accounting, agricultural or environmental law, biology, chemistry and communications. 

Additional credits in agriculture are applied toward an intentional program of study, which can include course work from departments housed under the College of Agricultural Sciences.

For example, with a focus on plant systems you may choose course work in horticulture, soil science and applied economics to also learn the business end of industry.

Degree requirements

To earn your degree you must complete 180 credit hours – including at least 60 upper-division credits – in these areas:

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Business & Communication: 11 credits
  • Humanities, arts, math & social sciences: 7 credits
  • Sciences: 22 - 27 credits (12 of which are achieved through the Bacc core)
  • Agricultural major: 60 credits (minimum)
  • Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

To view the agricultural sciences major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our baccalaureate core details page.

Sample course topics

  • Management in agriculture
  • Agricultural law
  • Leadership development
  • World food crops
  • Environmental law
  • Introductory animal/rangeland sciences
  • Organic farming and gardening
  • Environmental economics and policy

Pre-veterinary medicine

Vet programs typically do not accept online courses for many of their prerequisite requirements. If your goal includes pre-vet course work, please be sure to consult with your desired program to ensure transferability of classes.

Visit the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine website for pre-vet admissions requirements.

Transfer credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

Oregon State Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse offering of minors online. Combine agricultural sciences and a business minor or agricultural sciences plus an economics minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 


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