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Adorning the walls of Linus Pauling Science Center, this series of four light paintings by Boston artist Stephen Knapp draws inspiration from Linus Pauling’s work.

Transforming the world through science

In the College of Science, we are committed to a shared purpose: To build a better world through scientific discovery. That’s why we go out there. Seeking answers to how life and the universe work. Pursuing curiosity-driven research wherever the questions lead. Inspiring solutions to society’s great challenges—climate change, animal and human health, data science and sustainable materials. Serving Oregon, the nation and the world.

Here, students experience, experiment, explore and learn. And build a foundation that opens up endless possibilities.

Science is better at Oregon State.

By the numbers






High-achieving students


Average admit rate to medical school


Research funding, 2019-20


Inventions since 2011

A global leader in science education, research and innovation

A Tier 1 Research University

One of only 40 public universities nationwide (out of 1,705 ranked institutions) with the Carnegie Foundation’s Tier 1 Very High Research Activity and Community Engagement designations

#70 Top Public Universities

According to U.S. News & World Report, 2019

#140 National Universities

According to U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Among 44 Best Buy Schools

In the United States, Fiske Guide to College 2016

Top 200 Best Universities in the world

Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities in 2015

“Science has transformed our world for the better. It is the single greatest force for good in human history.”
Roy Haggerty Dean of the College of Science

Welcome from the Dean

As a scientist, I am always thinking about the state of science globally, nationally and in Oregon. Science is the single greatest force for good in human history. This is why we do the work we do—seeking knowledge that explains how life and the universe work, and applying new knowledge to solutions that improve human life and help preserve our planet.

If you are driven by a deep curiosity and desire to study science, our College offers future scientists, like you, the optimal environment to learn to make lasting contributions. Whether you are motivated to push the boundaries of cancer research, develop effective ways to protect our oceans, or make a difference in others’ lives through a health profession, we provide the tools and support for you to launch your journey.

Start here with a degree in science and go anywhere.

Roy Haggerty

Dean, College of Science

Our Stellar Faculty

Leaders in outstanding scientific research and teaching

The strong science programs we offer are defined by the quality of the faculty who lead them. College of Science faculty are recognized for doing research at the forefront of science—making contributions to society that help cement OSU's place as a top 1% university in the world.

Meet the science leaders in our College who are advancing groundbreaking research and preparing future scientists to tackle real-world concerns.

In the news

Our College is home to home to some of our nation and world's most influential scientists in the fields of marine science, data science, materials science and biohealth science. Read how Science faculty are building knowledge and enhancing our impact through engagement with practitioners, policymakers and entrepreneurs who put our research to use.

We love Corvallis

Come visit and learn for yourself why Corvallis is one of the nation’s top-ranked college towns. Walk along our beautiful tree-lined streets past historic brick buildings. Enjoy live music, art shops, independent restaurants, biking along miles of trails or beachcombing only an hour away. Meet students and scientists from all over the world who enjoy our small-town vibe and our big vision for making a better world.

You'll see why Corvallis is a great place to visit, and an even better place to call home.

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A woman and man discuss a piece of artwork
A young man considering produce at the farmer's market
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With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking and the ocean just an hour away, Corvallis offers many ways to unwind and clear your mind to focus deeply on science.

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One of the top-ranked college towns, Corvallis is a place where creativity and innovation collide, and community festivals, music and the arts thrive.

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More than 51% of people walk, bike or skateboard to campus (OSU has more parking spaces for bikes than cars!), and our students enjoy food made from ingredients from local farms and campus gardens.

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Brilliant minds connect in Corvallis, located in the high-tech “Silicon Forest," fueling OSU's ranking of 33rd in the nation and #1 in the Northwest for innovation in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report.

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