There are many learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get classroom and hands-on experience working with berries. Discover the ways you can get involved!

Credit Courses

Students learn berry production within the context of plant biology and genetics, soils, ecology, and economics with applications in plant nutrition, pest management, business, and marketing. Learning to manage real- world dilemmas with case studies, field trips, and internships encourages students to interact with growers, managers, field reps, and consultants. Student-run clubs provide opportunities for leadership and extracurricular activities.

HORT 251 Temperate Tree Fruit, Berries, Grapes, and Nuts

HORT 452 Berry and Grape Physiology and Culture

HORT 552 Berry and Grape Physiology and Culture

HORT 456 Physiology and Production of Berry Crops (Ecampus)

Non-Credit Courses

Learn from the world’s leading experts on plant growth and physiology, cultivars, and production systems to establish or improve your own blueberry farm.

Online Blueberry Physiology, Production Systems & Management


Hands-on learning opportunities

Every year, our research program hires students who gain first-hand experience in what it takes to grow and harvest berry crops and carry out scientific research. Our students are a critical link in the research process, helping to harvest berries from several different research projects each year, measure fruit quality (sugar, firmness, berry size, etc.), learn how to plant and maintain fields, and operate equipment.

We will post a link to the OSU job posting when it becomes available (usually in early Spring). Jobs are located at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, OR.

Contact Amanda Vance ( for inquiries!