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Science is better at Oregon State

We love science and we're really good at it. If you want to ask the Big Questions, make the world a better place and jump into hands-on research that goes way beyond the classroom, then Oregon State is the perfect place for you. Our graduates travel to wherever their passion takes them—whether under a microscope, out in the field, across the oceans or deep in space—striving to create a healthy planet, a healthy people and a healthy economy.

Today's world needs science more than ever, and at Oregon State we're building the next generation of movers, shakers and leaders. You can do almost anything with a science degree. Ready to join us?

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What kind of impact will you make?

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OSU Presidential Scholar and biochemistry and biophysics major Arianna Kahler-Quesada is a scientist, a violinist and a traveling ballroom dancer. She is a semifinalist for a Fulbright Scholarship and recipient of the American Chemical Society’s International Research Fellowship, which took her to Perugia, Italy.

Ford Scholar and microbiology major Christina Moody helped discover a molecule that can inhibit antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which kills thousands of people worldwide.

With a double major in chemistry and physics, Collin Muniz conducts research at our Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry and has won several scholarships, including a NASA Space Grant.

A first-generation student, Lindsay Winkenbach is a biochemistry & biophysics major and has conducted research on ALS treatments.

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Johnathan Van Why
Johnathan Van Why (‘16)

Honors College and mathematics alum Johnathan Van Why landed a job as a software engineer at Google months before graduation.

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Karen Wooley
Karen Wooley (‘88)

Award-winning polymer chemist Karen Wooley is a professor at Texas A&M University who researches chemistry’s applications in medicine and industry.

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Alex Carbaugh-Rutland
Alex Carbaugh-Rutland (‘16)

Sacramento native Alex Carbaugh-Rutland has been fascinated by killer whales since he was young, and studied dolphins, whales, seals and mammal acoustics at OSU.

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Every student matters

Our students have access to academic and professional advisors who help them find their true passion and embark on the right career path. Our team of professional and faculty advisors help students select courses, identify research and scholarship opportunities, find internships and navigate life beyond Corvallis and Oregon State.

Our scholarships support students so they can focus on what’s important—their classes and the transformative experiences that will help them be successful and reach their full potential. Thanks to our generous alumni and friends, the College of Science is able to invest in students—the next generation of scientists. Our students are part of an inclusive and diverse community that values a broad array of perspectives, cultures and experiences.

Last year, more than 806 incoming freshmen in the College of Science received $2.95 million in scholarships and awards for merit, need and undergraduate research experiences from Oregon State. And 275 returning science students received $2.1 million in scholarships and awards for merit, need and undergraduate research experiences last year thanks to support from generous alumni and friends of our College. Scores of our students win summer research grants to pursue their work in labs across the nation.

Our alumni rock the world

After graduating magna cum laude with degrees in biology and chemistry, Megan Cook plunged into her career as an ocean ambassador working to bridge the areas of science, communication, industry and exploration.

Globally renowned cardiologist and zoologist Kent Thornburg studies heart health and specifically whether people are programmed for disease.

Ramesh Krishnamurthy leads a team at the World Health Organization that uses data to improve health and save lives.

An astronomer and physics professor at Northwestern University, Shane Larson made one of the most important physics discoveries of the century last year.

Solve today’s real-world problems

Pursue your passion in science in one of our 200 research labs or through hands-on internships, study abroad programs or volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Meet Corvallis


It's FUN.

#3 College Town, American Institute for Economic Research
#10 Best College Town in America, Best College Review

It’s HAPPY and HIP.

#3 Happiest Small Places, Movoto
#19 Hippest Cities in America, FindTheHome.com

It's SMART and SUCCESSFUL.

#5 Smartest City, Forbes
#3 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur.com
#1 Most Patents Issued Per Capita, Plos One
#1 Most Affluent City in Oregon, Portland Business Journal

It's GREEN.

#1 Eco-friendly Small City, Sunset

See for yourself!

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Visit us!


You could be living in one of the best places in the country next fall.

If you haven’t made it to Corvallis yet, come visit the College of Science and meet with faculty, science researchers and students or tour one of our labs to see the incredible things you could be doing.

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