Agricultural Biotechnology

Degree Options

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers undergraduate studies that involve biotechnology in several departments. Visit the links below to learn more about degree opportunities in biotechnology at Oklahoma State University.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry is the central scientific discipline linking the chemical, physical and biological sciences. By applying concepts and methods of chemistry and physics to the fundamental problems of biology, biochemists have made great progress in their effort to understand the biochemical mechanisms of living organisms. Knowledge of the biochemical mechanisms of life can be used to improve the quality of life and health care for all peoples of the world by producing better drugs, increasing agricultural yield and providing a cleaner environment.

Major discoveries concerning the biochemistry of genetic material provide the tools of molecular biology that are essential to contemporary life sciences research. Since a biochemist’s tools are the physical sciences, education in mathematics, physics and chemistry are a must. The department of biochemistry and molecular biology provides a curriculum with a broad background in chemistry and biological science, and permits flexibility in meeting particular interests of the student.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Biosystems engineers design efficient solutions to technical problems involving living things and the natural environment. Students receive a broad engineering background with courses such as mechanics, materials, thermodynamics, electronics and circuits, transport processes, unit operations, instrumentation and design. They study life sciences and the ways biological systems interact with the environment. This diverse background makes students capable of understanding the engineering aspects of many different facets of a project and enables them to function exceptionally well on multidisciplinary teams.

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Entomology refers to the discipline of studying insects. It is a very broad discipline involving everything from "outdoor" work in environmental issues (invasive species, emerging arthropod-borne diseases), ecology, animal behavior, parasitology, insect-plant interactions to very "high-tech" applications in biotechnology, molecular studies, forensics and medical/veterinary entomology. The program offers a biotechnology-related degree option for undergraduates.

Plant and Soil Sciences

The plant and soil sciences department at OSU is an exciting place to study and work. Faculty and staff are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and extension. They offer a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs with respect to food, feed, fiber and fuel.

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