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Hands On Experiences

Luz Jovita Dimas with Viviana Perez analyzing samples in lab
Biochemistry and molecular biology major Luz Jovita Dimas works in Viviana Perez's lab studying cell aging and prevention of cellular damage.

Your journey starts here

The College of Science prepares students to tackle the tough problems and transform the world through discovery, hard work and innovation. We do this by fostering creativity, out-of-the-box thinking and offering students experiences that challenge and inspire.

The College of Science's supportive and diverse community includes academic advisors, faculty, staff, career counselors and Peer Advisors who are here to help you bridge the gap between your academic and social life at OSU and to support your growth and development.

Get involved in our student life programs right away to make the most of your time in college.

Our students do work that matters

Hands-on experiences that enhance your learning and growth

Throughout your Oregon State science education, you will be surrounded by opportunities to engage in hands-on experiences, or experiential learning. Hands-on experiences encourage learning through doing and can be transformative, leading to fulfilling lives and career success after graduation.

Hands-on experiences support your intellectual, professional and personal development to prepare you to become successful and engaged global citizens. In fact, the relationships that develop with your fellow students through hands-on experiences have proven just as important to success as relationships with professors.

Make the most of these transformative experiences during your years at Oregon State and the College of Science!


Students gain real-world experience and an understanding of how a science education translates into a path toward a satisfying career and life.

Study abroad

Students who immerse themselves in another culture gain a global perspective after experiencing domestic and international diversity and broader thinking. This helps you better navigate diverse communities and workplaces while appreciating individual differences.

Community service

Students help and improve their communities while gaining a sense of responsibility and contributing to the greater good.


From joining a student organization to running for student office or becoming a Peer Advisor, leadership opportunities abound at OSU. These experiences can help build skills to help students better navigate and succeed in the workplace.

Undergraduate research

Our students don’t just study science in the classroom, they get in the lab and contribute to it, working alongside world-class faculty. They serve as integral members of teams that conduct ground-breaking research, create new knowledge and advance science. For many students, working in a lab brings science to life and inspires future career options.