Online Courses

Focus: Responding to the growing interest, Oregon State University is offering a number of courses in the agricultural sciences. As part of that thrust, the  Seed Laboratory is designing several courses to be offered on-line.

Who: Clients can be any person interested in seeds, anywhere in the world. The courses can be taken for college credit or for certificate of completion. The courses will be available first in English and may follow in Spanish.

Courses being designed:

Seed Science and Technology CSS 420/520 (3 credit, web course to be offered in winter and spring term each year). Course Objectives: to provide basic understanding of:

Seed Quality Management
Other courses, to be offered on a need-opportunity basis

OSU Seed Science Web Course

Seeds are the main source of the world's diet. The production of high quality seed is the cornerstone of any agriculture system. Understanding the physiological and biochemical aspects of these unique biological units and determining their quality contributes to the success of an agriculture program.


Seed Science & Technology CSS 420/520

  • Web Course
  • Offered Winter and Spring terms
  • 3 credits
  • A great elective course for all plant science majors!

In this course, you will learn:

  • How seeds are formed and factors affecting their development and maturation.
  • The structure of seeds and their chemical composition.
  • Physiological aspects of seed germination and dormancy.
  • Morphological and physiological changes druing seed deterioration and storage.
  • The concept of seed quality, its importance in agriculture, its attributes and impact on field performance.
  • Methods of measuring seed quality of conventional and genetically modified seeds.

Instructor: Dr. Sabry Elias, OSU Seed Lab. 737-4799

Teaching Assistant: Kimberly Hannaway 737-5036