College of Science
The College of Science faculty and students pursue both curiosity-driven, fundamental research to better understand the broader world and use-inspired research to tackle some of the grand challenges of science, engineering, business and education.
Science Success Center
109 Kidder Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4608
Heather J. Arbuckle, Head Advisor, 541-737-4786, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Lee, Transfer Advisor and Recruiter, 541-737-3522, email@example.com
Cori Hall, Student Success Advisor, 541-737-3854, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabrielle James, Special Assistant, 541-737-3279, email@example.com
Peer Advisors, 541-737-3854, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy Haggerty, Dean, email@example.com
Henri Jansen, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, 541-737-9194, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Keszler, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, 541-737-6736, email@example.com
Debbie Farris, Director of Communications and Marketing, 541-737-4862, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Larson, Director of Partnerships and Industrial Programs, 541-737-6574, email@example.com
College of Science
We offer internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs across the life, physical, mathematical and computational sciences. Specifically, we offer courses of study in biology, biochemistry and biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology, biohealth sciences, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology. We also offer 12 pre-professional programs to prepare students for careers in healthcare or medical professions. Students have opportunities to make original discoveries through research while working alongside world-class scientists.
The College of Science is a nucleus of learning, societal engagement, achievement, and discovery. It offers students an inclusive, welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment to a diverse community.
Research and teaching in the College of Science are enhanced through OSU's outstanding professional schools in engineering, oceanography, agriculture, forestry and pharmacy. Science students can enrich their degrees with courses from these areas.
The majors of the College of Science are informally divided into these areas:
COMPUTATIONAL AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
- Mathematics and Statistics (graduate only)
- Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BioHealth Sciences, Biology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology (graduate only), Zoology
- Chemistry and Physics
- BioHealth Sciences
Undergraduates with majors in the College of Science can earn a second degree in education, innovation management, international studies, or sustainability. For more information, visit the College of Education, College of Business, International Programs or Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society sections of this catalog.
The College of Science offers special programs in health-related fields to help students meet entrance requirements for professional schools in clinical laboratory science, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry and veterinary medicine.
Curricula in Science
Curricula in science lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Professional Science Master's (PSM), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). (See the Graduate School for advanced degree requirements.) The College also offers a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS).
All professional teacher education is offered through the College of Education. The following majors in the College of Science are good options for students interested in teaching middle school and high school. The College of Science offers an education option in biology (pre-education), chemistry (chemistry education), mathematics (secondary teaching emphasis) and physics (physics education).
Certain mathematics courses (MTH 211, MTH 212, MTH 390) are highly recommended for students who plan to teach elementary or secondary mathematics. See the College of Education section of this catalog for admission to the teacher licensure programs.
Summer Courses for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers
During summer session, the College of Science offers a number of courses designed for high school teachers of science and/or mathematics. For offerings and full descriptions, visit the OSU Summer Session website.
The College of Science offers many scholarships to incoming and current students (with at least 28 credits at OSU). To learn more or apply, visit our website.
To graduate with a BS degree in the College of Science, undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements:
- University Baccalaureate Core (48)
- College of Science Requirements (these credits can also fulfill part of the baccalaureate core requirements)
- Mathematical sciences (12)
- Physical, earth, and/or biological sciences (15) to include a two-term sequence (At least one term in biological science and one term in physical or earth science. Must include a two-term sequence in one of these sciences)
- Department requirements (see each department)
Some departments also grant a BA degree that requires a full year of a college-level (200-level or above) foreign language and at least 9 credits of College of Liberal Arts electives in addition to credits required for the baccalaureate core. See the department listings for specific requirements.
A minimum 2.00 GPA is required in College of Science majors and minors; (S/U grading is not allowed in science majors or minors).
The curricula are shown for each major; some substitutions can be made with department and college approval. Unless otherwise indicated, the conditions and credits for research, thesis, reading and conference, and seminar are to be arranged with the instructor involved.