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Oregon State University- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
Oregon State (OSU) is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s natural wonders.

As Oregon’s leading public research university, with $281 million in external funding in the 2012 fiscal year, Oregon State’s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.

Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. The students at Oregon State University literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Dixon Recreation Center are connected to the grid.

Undergraduate Programs:

Oregon State University offers a bachelor’s degree in Biological and Ecological Engineering through the College of Engineering. Biological and Ecological Engineering is the application of engineering and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with strong emphasis on the life sciences. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Ecological Engineering degree program offered through the Colleges of Agricultural Science and Engineering is a new degree program that is the first of its kind nationally at the undergraduate level. The undergraduate Ecological Engineering degree program requires completion of 192 credit hours. In addition to the traditional engineering training in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering analysis and design, students in this program will receive training in biology, ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and systems analysis methods. Another important distinction between Ecological Engineering and other engineering disciplines is its strong links to ecology, geosciences, hydrology, and water quality. Students also acquire a general understanding of legal, political, economic, and sociological disciplines. Students that graduate from this program will be firmly grounded in the hard sciences, engineering fundamentals and systems analysis and aware of and sensitive to how other disciplines drive and respond to Ecological Engineering in practice.

The College of sciences offers bachelor’s degrees in biology, biochemistry and biophysics, and microbiology. Students in the biology program can also choose to complete one of four undergraduate Options in Biotechnology, Genetics, Marine Biology and Pre-Education. The bachelor’s in microbiology program has very successful graduates. Three months after graduation, 95% of recent graduates have been employed in a microbiology-related field or accepted to a program for further education.

Undergraduate admissions require 4 years of English, 3 years each of science, mathematics, and social studies, and 2 years of foreign language.

Undergraduate tuition is $6,228/year in-state and $19,944/year out-of-state. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Students should complete the FAFSA to apply for financial aid. Undergraduate applications must be submitted by February 1st to be eligible for University scholarship consideration.

Graduate Programs:
The Biological and Ecological Engineering Department offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The objective of the department's degree programs are to serve as the interface between life sciences and engineering. Biological and Ecological Engineering is the application of engineering and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of biological resources. The curriculum is engineering-based with strong emphasis on the life sciences. Courses focus on biological systems modeling, theoretical and applied aspects of bioconversion and bioseparation processes, regional hydrologic analysis, groundwater systems, irrigation, water resource optimization, remote sensing, image analysis, and instrumentation. The admission policy for Biological and Ecological Engineering is that students can be accepted into the program at any time during the year and it is possible that support from sponsored research can become available throughout the year. Most students begin this program Fall Term and there are advantages with an early application in terms of assistantships and finding an advisor. It is recommended that student applying to begin in the fall have all materials submitted by January 5th.

The graduate program in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University grants primarily PhD degrees, but also offers thesis and nonthesis Masters degrees. The program offers a broad range of research topics through the faculty within the department, those associated with the Linus Pauling Institute, and Affiliate faculty from other departments throughout the OSU campus. Research interests of the faculty in the graduate program include cancer biology, aging, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), heart and spinal cord development and disease, mouse transgenics, atherosclerosis, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, DNA modification and epigenetics, cell signaling, oxidative stress, micronutrients, bioinformatics, and biosensors. Research in the department is supported by over $2.5 million dollars annually from external grants. The department is well equipped with research facilities that include confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, X-ray crystallography, NMR, mass spectrometry, analytical centrifugation, and computational resources, and is additionally supported through facilities in the Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

The Microbiology Program provides graduate training leading towards PhD and MS degrees. The Program supports broad interests in microbiology, including environmental and pathogenic microbiology, with studies that encompass a spectrum of approaches from the ecological and organismal to the molecular genetic and biochemical. Faculty from several colleges and departments participate as major advisors.

Students accepted into the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics doctoral program receive financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Graduate students typically receive a twelve-month stipend of $23,000, a full tuition waiver, and a medical insurance plan that also includes dental and vision coverage. Other graduate students are eligible for teaching and research assistantships.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 to 3.5 is required for admission to graduate programs, along with GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and statements of interest.

Applied 11,428
Admitted 9,269 81%
Enrolled total 3,696
Full Time: 3,481
Part Time 215

Test - 25th % - 75th %
SAT Reading - 470 - 600
SAT Math - 490 - 620
SAT Writing - 0 - 0
ACT Composite - 21 - 26
ACT English - 19 - 26
ACT Math - 21 - 27
ACT Writing - 0 - 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 81%
4-year graduation rate 28%
6-year graduation rate 60%

Other Information:
26,393 students from all 50 states and nearly100 countries
Average 3.56 GPA among the fall 2012 incoming class
400 acres of historic, beautiful campus and 11,250 acres of college forests
More than 200 undergraduate degree programs and more than 80 graduate degree programs,
170,000 alumni
3,481 world-class faculty

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biological and Ecological Engineering (BS)
Biology (BS)
Biochemistry and Biophysics (BS)
Microbiology (BS)

Graduate Programs:
Biological and Ecological Engineering (MS, MENG, PhD)
Biochemistry and PhD (MS/PHD)
Microbiology (MS/PhD)

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: February 1st for scholarship considerationssss
Graduate: January 15th

Application is available online:

For graduate programs, you may contact the specific department for application requirements.
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