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
$309 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 nearly all courses in this program online, with one or a few site-based courses required. View the curriculum.
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4 per year

B.S. in Crop and Soil Science – Online


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.

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The online curriculum in the soil science option of the CSS program focuses on topics related to safe, stable food systems; promoting sustainable practices in agriculture; water use management; natural resource development; and much more.

You’ll work with an academic advisor from the College of Agricultural Sciences to construct a detailed plan for the completion of your degree.

Degree requirements

To earn your crop and soil science degree, you must complete 180 credit hours, including at least 60 upper-division credits. You can find full crop and soil sciences general soils major requirements and curriculum on OSU's official academic catalog.

For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page. Please note: The soils research track is not available online.

Sample course topics

  • Principles of soil science
  • Soil morphology and classification
  • Biology of soil ecosystems
  • Weed management
  • Intro to crop production
  • Crop ecology and morphology
  • Soil systems and plant growth
  • Intro to plant pathology
  • World food crops
  • Intro to insect pest management
  • Irrigation principles and practices

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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