The Horticultural Research option is designed for students interested in graduate school and/or a career in academic or industrial research. It provides you with an excellent foundation in the natural sciences and horticulture, and accommodates your specific research interests. Your studies will involve you in critical thinking, and allow you to seek out, synthesize, and apply information from many sources to analyze novel situations and solve problems.
You will complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and will write an undergraduate thesis. Many theses focus on problems and challenges found in Oregon horticulture and provide Oregonians with innovative solutions.
Recent graduates have gone on to Masters and Ph.D. programs at Oregon State, U.C. Davis and Cornell University, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad and have studied diverse topics such as plant breeding, green roof technology, entomology, and weed science.
Our undergraduates have worked at local research institutions including the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service laboratories, the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, the Corvallis Plant Materials Center of the National Resources Conservation Service, and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center. With your faculty mentor, you'll determine the best setting for your research.