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Overview
The goal of the department is to meet societal needs for food, fiber, energy, and intrinsic value related to the conservation and management of plant and soil resources. Teaching, research and extension efforts are designed to assist decision makers in matters regarding land management.

Undergraduate students select an option of study from: agronomic business, crop production and management, plant biotechnology and improvement, or soil and water resources. Students may choose to specialize in an area such as: entrepreneurship, forage and livestock production, pest management, plant genetics, precision agriculture, or environmental management. In addition, students can fulfill prerequisites for professional programs such as pharmacy school. Students interested in professional certification will complete the necessary course requirements in their degree programs. Students have flexibility to work with their academic advisers to develop a plan of study to suit their interests. Many undergraduate students work with the research faculty on projects providing the student an opportunity to assist in gathering new information related to plant breeding and genetics, biotechnology, environmental remediation, plant physiology, crop production, weed science, soil nutrient management, soil chemistry, soil physics, water quality and land restoration.

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science program, students are employed by private firms, public institutions, state and federal agencies, or non-profit organizations that require personnel with expertise in plant and soil systems. Typical careers include: federal employment in soil and rangeland conservation; crop consulting; technical sales and service for seed, fertilizer or agricultural chemical supply companies; farm or ranch operation; research positions as plant and soil scientists with federal agencies, state agricultural experiment stations or private industries; teaching and extension positions with colleges and universities; and a broad range of employment or ownership in retail businesses supplying feed, seed, grain, fertilizers, equipment, agricultural chemicals and other agricultural supplies and services. Demand for individuals with experience in plant and soil sciences will continue as long as society demands a safe, secure food supply balanced with a desire to conserve natural resources.

Available Options
- Agronomic Business, B.S.A.G.
- Crop Production and Management, B.S.A.G.
- Plant Biotechnology and Improvement, B.S.A.G.
- Soil and Water Resources, B.S.A.G.

Occupations
Soil and Plant Scientists
Farmers and Ranchers
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Geoscientists
Agricultural Inspectors

Industries
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Chemical Manufacturing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Trade, Transportation and Utilities

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $60,000 |
Ave: $39,800 |
Med: $40,000 |
Min: $24,000


Employers
CHS/Plains Partners
Crop Quest Inc
Livesay Orchards
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Pioneer Seed Company
Taisei Corporation
Teach For America
Wick's Dairy

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