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
$331 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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4 per year

B.S. in Crop and Soil Science – Online

If applying as a postbaccalaureate student for spring 2022, the deadline to apply is Feb. 1, and classes start March 28.


Crop and soil science is integral to the advancement of food and fiber production now and into the future. As you engage with the coursework in the Oregon State Ecampus CSS bachelor’s program, you’ll learn to solve real-world, sustainable living problems in urban, agricultural, forest, rangeland and other natural systems.

Image from a 3D virtual greenhouse for the Crop Science 200 online course

By using photogrammetry and other cutting edge technology, Oregon State instructors are improving the learning experience for Ecampus students. Read more from the Capital Press »

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits — at least 60 of which must be upper-division credits — are required to graduate with your crop and soil science degree, including:

Specialization options

You can focus your studies as an Oregon State crop and soil science student by selecting one of the program’s specialization options. Please note: The program's soils research track is not available online.

Soil science

The online curriculum in the soil science option focuses on topics including water quality and management, organic crop production, erosion and sedimentation, land use and reclamation, and soil health and sustainability. Visit OSU’s academic catalog for the soil science option’s complete curriculum details.


The agronomy option coursework will help you explore and learn ways to facilitate sustainable crop production through the in-depth knowledge of plants, soils, production equipment, economics, politics and more. Visit OSU’s academic catalog for the agronomy option’s complete curriculum details.

Sample course topics

  • Principles of soil science
  • Soil morphology and classification
  • Weed management
  • Crop production
  • Seed science and technology
  • Plant pathology
  • Insect pest management
  • Irrigation principles and practices
  • Agricultural and food management
  • Plant ecology
  • Seed production

Additional program features

Experiential learning

All students in the crop and soil science program are required to complete a 3-credit internship or research project as a form of experiential learning. Learn more about this requirement on the College of Agricultural Sciences website.

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

As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU boasts a diverse offering of minors online. Combine your crop and soil science degree with a minor in agricultural business management, or pursue a minor in natural resources to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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