Crop Science – Online Minor

Help feed the world and nourish your community

Gain technical knowledge and skills that will benefit you in both large- and small-scale agricultural production by earning your undergraduate minor in crop science online with Oregon State University.

Rooted in conventional agricultural practices as well as organic and sustainable crop production, this program will teach you production techniques to yield crops that provide better nutrition and reduce chemical inputs. You’ll also learn what it takes to develop agricultural ecosystems that are resilient in the face of climate change.

Learn to improve crop quality and productivity through science

This minor is offered online by Oregon State’s internationally renowned College of Agricultural Sciences, and it addresses core crop science principles such as the dynamics and function of crop communities, environmental interactions that influence productivity, and genetic improvement through plant breeding.

As a student in the program, you’ll develop the skills to meet the increasing demand for food, fiber, seed, feed and energy crops — all while protecting the natural resources required for sustainable crop production.


A total of 27 credits are needed to earn your crop science minor online. Curriculum details and requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Crop ecology and morphology
  • World food crops
  • Seed production
  • Plant breeding
  • Nutrient cycling in agroecosystems
  • Insect pest management

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.