Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Undergraduate Programs


Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education is designed to prepare students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary-level, careers in agricultural and natural resource education fields, or for professional or graduate studies.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources major is met by completing Community Sustainability 300, 301, and 343. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Community Sustainability may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141. The completion of Biological Science 172 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirements may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree. Certain courses referenced in item 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the following courses (56 credits):
    ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
    CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    CSUS 222A Seminar in Instructional Theory I - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 222B Seminar in Instructional Theory II - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 222C Seminar in Instructional Theory III - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 223A Seminar in Leadership Theory I - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 223B Seminar in Leadership Theory II - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 223C Seminar in Leadership Theory III - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education 1
    CSUS 300 Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability 3
    CSUS 301 Community Engagement for Sustainability 3
    CSUS 343 Community Food and Agriculture Systems 3
    FOR 202 Introduction to Forestry 3
    HRT 203 Principles of Horticulture 3
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    IBIO 355L Ecology Laboratory (W) 1
    TE 150 Reflections on Learning 3
    TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan 3
    CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3
    d. All of the following courses for students admitted into the secondary teacher education program (15 credits):
    TE 302 Learners and Learning in Contexts –  Secondary (W) 4
    TE 407 Teaching Subject Matter to Diverse Learners – Secondary (W) 5
    TE 408 Crafting Teaching Practices – Secondary (W) 5
    TE 409 Crafting Teaching Practices in the Secondary Teaching Minor 1
    e. A secondary disciplinary teaching minor chosen from a list of approved secondary education minors for teacher certification. Refer to the Teacher Certification section of the Department of Teacher Education.
    f. All of the following courses for students not pursuing secondary teacher education certification (15 credits):
    CSUS 493 Professional Internship in Community Sustainability 3
    CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability 3
    or
    CSUS 433 Grant Writing and Fund Development 3
    An additional 9 credits of electives approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability

The Department of Community Sustainability offers a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. This program of study is concerned with who uses natural resources, how they use them, and how positive outcomes of use can be enhanced and negative impacts can be mitigated. It examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice. Students benefit from a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, as well as disciplinary and methods courses carefully selected to enhance students’ technical knowledge. Professional internships, a legacy project and study abroad experiences are encouraged to provide students with experiences beyond the classroom and the university campus. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter professions in environmental, natural resource, agricultural and community development fields through careers in education, government, private industry, non-profit organizations, and public relations and communications or enter a professional or graduate school program.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog: 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major is met by completing Community Sustainability 330, or 433. Those courses are referenced in item 3. d. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Community Sustainability may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141. The completion of Biological Science 172 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 162 and 172, and Chemistry 141 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major (64 to 68 credits):
    a. All of the following courses (31 credits):
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
    CSUS 221 Seminar in Environmental and Sustainability Careers 1
    CSUS 300 Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability 3
    CSUS 301 Community Engagement for Sustainability 3
    CSUS 310 History of Environmental Thought and Sustainability 3
    EEP 255 Ecological Economics 3
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    b. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    CSUS 215 International Development and Sustainability 3
    CSUS 265 Exploring Environmental and Sustatinability Issues and Policy with Film 3
    CSUS 273 Introduction to Travel and Tourism 3
    CSUS 276 Sustaining our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CSUS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
    GEO 206 Physical Geography 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
    CSUS 433 Grant Writing and Fund Development (W) 3
    e. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan  3
    CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3
    FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3
    IBIO 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3
    f. Three of the following courses (9 to 11 credits):
    CSUS 320 Environmental Planning and Management 3
    CSUS 354 Water Resources Management 3
    CSUS 425 Environmental Impact Assessment 3
    CSUS 429 Program Evaluation for Community Sustainability 3
    FW 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources Management 4
    GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    GEO 325 Geographic Information Systems 3
    g. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CSUS 322 Leadership for Community Sustainability 3
    CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
    CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship for Community Sustainability 3
    CSUS 476 Natural Resource Recreation Management 4
    h. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    CSUS 343 Community Food and Agricultural Systems 3
    CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
    CSUS 445 Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education 3
    CSUS 447 Community Economic Development 3
    i. A minimum of 3 credits in one of the following courses:
    CSUS 418 Community Sustainability Study Abroad 3 to 6
    CSUS 419 International Studies in Community Sustainability 3 to 12
    CSUS 493 Professional Internship in Community Sustainability 3 to 6
    Students may substitute another appropriate course with approval of the department.

Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Department of Community Sustainability offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism. By combining a body of specialized professional knowledge with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences, the program provides an opportunity for students to obtain a broad, interdisciplinary education which emphasizes a professional area of knowledge integrated with the tenets of sustainability. The Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major is designed to prepare students for professional positions related to the management and enjoyment of the outdoors. Such positions include management of public parks, forests and protected areas, non-profit lands and facilities such as camps and commercial enterprises that provide goods and services to outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting people’s outdoor leisure needs, enhancing the quality of life, and providing sustainable economic and social development are hallmarks of the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major.

Students in the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major will acquire an understanding of natural resource recreation and tourism that integrates sustainability and effectively links theory with practice while engaging the community. This includes the concepts of leisure, tourism, recreation and sustainability, as well as operation of recreation delivery systems, policy, administration, management, planning and evaluation.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major is met by completing Community Sustainability 325, 330 or 433. That course is referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the following courses (12 to 15 credits):  
      CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
      CSUS 300 Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability 3
      CSUS 301 Citizen Engagement for Sustainability 3
      CSUS 493 Professional Internship 3 to 6
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      CSUS 325 Study and Practice of Communication for Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 433 Grant Writing and Fund Development (W) 3
      Community Sustainability 330 may not be used to fulfill both 3. b. and 3. c.  
    c. Five of the following courses (15 or 16 credits):  
      CSUS 273 Introduction to Travel and Tourism 3
      CSUS 276 Sustaining Our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
      CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship for Community Sustainability 3
      CSUS 474 Advanced Topics in Tourism Management 3
      CSUS 476 Natural Resource Recreation Management 4
      Community Sustainability 330 may not be used to fulfill both 3. b. and 3. c.  
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      FW 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources 4
      GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    e. Five of the following courses (14 or 15 credits):  
      ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
      CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
      CSUS 310 History of Environmental Thought and Sustainability 3
      CSUS 354 Water Resources Management 3
      CSUS 429 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
      CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
      CSUS 445 Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education 3
      CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan 3
      CSUS 465 Environmental and Law and Policy 3
      EEP 255 Ecological Economics 3
      FOR 412 Wildland Fire   2
      GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
      HB 100 Introduction to Hospitality Business 2
      HB 237 Management of Lodging Systems 3
      HB 267 Management of Food and Beverage Systems 3
      MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3



Minor in Sustainable Natural Resource Recreation Management

The Minor in Sustainable Natural Resource Recreation Management is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. Focusing on the management of people, facilities, natural resources and organizations that provide natural resource recreation opportunities, it targets students considering careers in public land management, commercial recreation enterprises, non-profit resource based camps and educational facilities, rural community development, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, criminal justice (conservation/recreation law enforcement), landscape architecture, environmental policy or agriculture. The minor offers students the opportunity to integrate knowledge of social, biological and physical sciences, natural resources and ecosystems to sustainably manage for outcomes that include outdoor recreation.

With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainable Natural Resource Recreation Management

The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Both of the following courses (7 credits):
CSUS 276 Sustaining Our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
CSUS 476 Natural Resource Recreation Management 4
2. One of the following courses outside the student’s course requirements for the major (3 or 4 credits):
ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
CSUS 273 Introduction to travel and Tourism 3
FOR 202 Introduction to Forestry 3
FW 101 Fundamentals of Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management 3
3. Two of the following courses, one of which is outside the student’s course requirements for the major (5 to 7 credits):
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSUS 278 Introduction to Conservation, Recreation and Environmental Enforcement 1
CSUS 354 Water Resources Management 3
CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan 3
CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3
CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship and Community Sustainability 3
CSUS 474 Advanced Topics in Tourism Management 3
FOR 404 Forest Ecology 3
FOR 412 Wildland Fire 2
FOR 466 Natural Resource Policy 3
FW 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources Management 4
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
IBIO 355 Ecology 3