Academic Programs Catalog

The Academic Program

Programs and Areas of Study

Michigan State University offers a wide variety of programs and areas of study that contribute to the overall strength of the University.

Although some programs and areas of study are not available as majors, the following list indicates the breadth and depth of opportunities available to students. In addition, special programs, suited to individual needs and purposes may be arranged, particularly at the advanced levels.

Accelerator Science and Engineering
Accounting
Accounting Analytics
Actuarial Science
Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist
Advertising and Public Relations
Advertising Analytics
Advertising Creative
Advertising Management
Aerospace Studies—Air Force
African American and African Studies 
African Languages 
African Studies
Agribusiness Management
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics 
Agricultural and Natural Resources Biotechnology
Agriculture 
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education
Agronomy
American Indian and Indigenous Studies
American Legal System 
American Studies
Animal Science
Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives 
Animation and Comics Storytelling in Media
Anthropology 
Apparel and Textiles
Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Applied Development in International Agriculture and Natural Resources
Applied Engineering Sciences
Applied Mathematics 
Applied Statistics
Arabic 
Art and Art History
   Art Education 
   Art History and Visual Culture
   Studio Art
Art Photography
Arts and Cultural Management
Arts and Humanities
Asian Pacific American Studies
Asian Studies 
Astrophysics 
Astrophysics and Astronomy
Athletic Training
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
Biological Science-Secondary Education
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Laboratory Operations
Biomedical Laboratory Science
Biostatistics
Biosystems Engineering
Biotechnology
Black American and Diasporic Studies
Broadcast Journalism
Business
Business Administration
Business Data Science and Analytics
Business Concepts for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation
Business Research
Cell and Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering 
Chemical Physics 
Chemistry 
Chicano/Latino Studies
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Chinese 
Civil Engineering
Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Classical Studies 
Clinical Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Clinical Social Work 
Coaching
Cognitive Science
Collaborative Piano
Comic Art and Graphic Novels
Commercial Floriculture
Communication
Communication Arts and Sciences-Media and Information Studies
Communication Leadership and Strategy
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies 
Comparative Cultures and Politics
Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology
Computational Data Science
Computational Mathematics
Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
Computational Modeling
Computational Statistics 
Computer Engineering 
Computer Science and Engineering
Connected Learning
Conservation Law
Construction Management
Corporate Accounting
Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Critical Studies in the Teaching of English 
Crop and Soil Sciences
Crop Production
Crop Science 
Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education
Cybercrime and Digital Investigation 
Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security
Dairy Production
Dance
Data Science
Dietetics
Digital Cultural Heritage and History
Digital Humanities
Digital Media
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Digital Storytelling
Documentary Studies
Early Care and Education
Early Childhood-General and Special Education
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Earth Science
Ecological Food and Farming Systems
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Economic Geography
Economics
Economics of Education
Education
Education Policy and Social Sciences
Educational Leadership
Educational Policy
Educational Psychology
Educational Studies
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Educational Technology
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Elementary STEM Education
Energy
Engineering for International Service
Engineering Mechanics
English
Entrepreneurship
Entomology
Environment and Health
Environmental and Resource Economics 
Environmental Biology
Environmental Biology/Microbiology
Environmental Biology/Plant Biology
Environmental Biology/Zoology
Environmental Design
Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Engineering 
Environmental Geography
Environmental Policy
Environmental Sciences and Management
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies and Agriscience
Environmental Toxicology 
Epidemiology
European Studies
Experience Architecture
Family and Child Ecology
Family Community Services
Fiction Film Production 
Film Studies 
Finance 
Financial Planning and Wealth Management
Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Conservation Medicine
Fisheries and Wildlife 
Food Industry Management
Food Processing and Technology
Food Processing, Technology and Safety
Food Safety
Food Science
Foodservice Management
Foreign Language Teaching
Forensic Science
Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
Forestry
Forestry Field Applications
French and Francophone Studies 
Game Design and Development
Games and Interactive Media
General Business Administration
General Management
Genetics and Genome Sciences
Genomics and Molecular Genetics
Geographic Information Science
Geography
Geological Sciences 
German
Global and International Studies in Social Science
Global Food Law 
Global Health
Global History
Global Public Health and Epidemiology
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Global Urban Studies
Graphic Design
Greek
Health and Risk Communication
Health Promotion
Healthcare Management
High-Performance Computing
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
Hispanic Cultural Studies
History
History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science 
Horse Management
Horticulture 
Hospitality Business
Hospitality Real Estate
Human Behavior and Social Services
Human Biology
Human Capital and Society
Human Development and Family Studies 
Human Geography
Human Medicine
Human Medicine Research
Human Nutrition 
Human Nutrition-Environmental Toxicology
Human Resource Management
Human Resources and Labor Relations
Humanities—Prelaw
Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Indigenous Studies
Industrial Mathematics
Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Infancy and Early Childhood
Information and Communication Technology and Development
Information and Media
Information Science
Information Technology
Information Technology Management
Insurance and Risk Management
Integrative Biology
Integrative Management
Integrative Pharmacology
Intellectual Property and Communications Law
Interdisciplinary Humanities 
Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science
Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science: Social Science Education
International Business
International Public Health
Interior Design 
International Development
International Planning Studies 
International Relations 
Italian 
Japanese
Jazz Studies 
Jewish Studies 
Journalism
K—12 Educational Administration 
K—12 English as a Second Language
K12 Computer Science Education
Kinesiology
Laboratory Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Landscape Architecture 
Landscape and Nursery
Language and Literacy
Large Animal Clinical Sciences 
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis
Law, Justice, and Public Policy
Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved
Leadership in Rural Medicine
Leadership of Organizations
Legal Studies
Linguistics 
Literacy and Language Instruction
Livestock Production
Management, Strategy and Leadership
Management Studies
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Management
Marine Ecosystem Management
Marketing
Marketing Research
Materials Science and Engineering 
Materials Science and Mechanics
Mathematics
Mathematics, Advanced 
Mathematics Education
Measurement and Quantitative Methods
Mechanical Engineering
Media Analytics
Media and Communication Technology
Media Arts and Technology 
Media Photography
Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Neuroscience
Medical Partners in Public Health
Microbiology
Migration Studies
Military Science—Army
Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 
Molecular Plant Sciences
Museum Studies
Music
   Collaborative Piano
   Composition 
   Composition and Music Theory
   Conducting
   Education 
   Jazz Studies
   Performance
   Theory 
Music Career Development
Music Cognition
Musicology
Muslim Studies 
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Neuroscience
Neuroscience and the Law
Neuroscience-Environmental Toxicology
Nonprofit Fundraising
Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontological Primary Care
Nurse Practitioner-Family 
Nurse Practitioner-Psychiatric Mental Health
Nursing
Nursing Practice 
Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutritional Sciences 
Operations and Sourcing Management
Organizational Behavior—Human Resource Management 
Organizational Communication for Leadership
Osteopathic Medicine 
PA Medicine
Packaging 
Pathobiology 
Pharmacology and Toxicology 
Philosophy
Philosophy and Law 
Physical Science—Secondary Education 
Physics 
Physiology
Physiology-Environmental Toxicology 
Piano Pedagogy
Plant Biology
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Pathology 
Political Economy
Political Science 
Political Science—Prelaw
Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
Popular Culture Studies
Portuguese 
Professional Applications in Anthropology
Professional and Public Writing
Program Evaluation
Psychology 
Public Health
Public Health Administration
Public Health Informatics
Public Policy
Public Relations 
Quantitative Biology
Quantitative Risk Analytics
Race and Ethnicity in the United States
Real Estate Construction and Development
Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Religious Studies 
Rhetoric and Writing
Russian
Russian and East European Studies 
Sales Communication
School Psychology
Science Education
Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy
Second Language Studies
Security Management
Serious Game Design and Research
Small Animal Clinical Sciences 
Social Relations and Policy
Social Science
Social Science Quantitative Data Analytics
Social Work 
Sociology 
Soil Science 
South Asian Languages 
Spanish 
Spatial Ecology
Special Education 
   Emotional Impairment
   Learning Disabilities
Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Sport Coaching
Sport Coaching, Leadership and Administration
Sport Leadership and Administration
Sports Business Management
Sports Journalism
Statistics 
Strategic Communication
Strategic Management
Student Affairs Administration
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Sustainable Bioproducts Science and Technology
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management 
Teacher Leadership
Teaching and Curriculum
Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education
Teaching in Nursing
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
The City: Environment, Design and Society
Theatre
Turfgrass Management
Urban and Community Forestry
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Education
Urban Resilient Redevelopment 
Veterinary Medicine 
Veterinary Nursing
Viticulture
Women, Gender and Social Justice
Women's Studies
World Politics
Writing
Youth and Society
Youth Development
Youth Development Specialist
Youth Program Management and Evaluation 
Zoology 
Preprofessional 
   Dentistry 
   Law 
   Medicine 
   Optometry 
   Osteopathy 
   Podiatry
   Theology 
   Veterinary Medicine

Degrees

Michigan State University grants the following degrees upon satisfactory completion of appropriate programs of study in the departments, schools, and colleges.

Bachelor of Arts  B.A.
Bachelor of Fine Arts  B.F.A.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture B.L.A.
Bachelor of Music  B.Mus.
Bachelor of Science  B.S.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing B.S.N.
Juris Doctor J.D.
Master of Arts  M.A.
Master of Arts for Teachers  M.A.T.
Master of Business Administration M.B.A.
Master of Fine Arts  M.F.A.
Master of International Planning Studies M.I.P.S.
Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations M.H.R.L.
Master of Jurisprudence M.J.
Master of Laws LL.M.
Master of Legal Studies M.L.S.
Master of Music  M.Mus.
Master of Public Policy M.P.P.
Master of Science in Nursing  M.S.N.
Master of Science M.S.
Master of Social Work  M.S.W.
Master in Urban and Regional Planning M.U.R.P.
Educational Specialist Ed.S.
Doctor of Education Ed.D.
Doctor of Medicine M.D.
Doctor of Musical Arts D.M.A.
Doctor of Nursing Practice D.N.P.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine D.O.
Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine D.V.M.

Undergraduate programs and degree requirements are described in a section entitled Undergraduate Education. Graduate programs and degree requirements as well as dual degree programs and joint degree programs are described in a section devoted to Graduate Education. For detailed information about the programs of study and requirements in the colleges and their schools and departments, the section in Academic Programs describing each college should be consulted.


Teacher Certification

For information about teacher certification opportunities, options, and requirements, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog.


Course Designations

Throughout the programs of study given in this section, courses are identified either by course subject codes, course numbers, and course titles (example:  CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies) or by course names and course numbers (example:  Computer Science and Engineering 101).

Additional information about specific courses may be found in the frequently updated online version of Course Descriptions  at: www.reg.msu.edu/Courses.

To assist in locating information about specific courses in the Course Descriptions, the course subject codes are listed below in alphabetical order. For each subject code, the corresponding name is given.

SUBJECT
CODE NAME
AAAS African American and African Studies
AAE Advanced Academic English
ABM Agribusiness Management
ACC Accounting
ADV Advertising
AE Agricultural Engineering
AESC Applied Engineering Sciences
AFR African Languages
AFRE Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
AL Arts and Letters
AMS American Studies
ANP Anthropology
ANR Agriculture and Natural Resources
ANS Animal Science
ANTR Human Anatomy
ARB Arabic
AS Aerospace Studies
ASN Asian Languages
AST Astronomy and Astrophysics
AT Institute of Agricultural Technology
ATD Apparel and Textile Design
BE Biosystems Engineering
BLD Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
BMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BME Biomedical Engineering
BMS BioMolecular Science
BS Biological Science
BUS Business
CAS Communication Arts and Sciences
CE Civil Engineering
CEM Chemistry
CEP Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
CHE Chemical Engineering
CHS Chinese
CJ Criminal Justice
CLA Classical Studies
CLS Chicano/Latino Studies
CMB Cell and Molecular Biology
CMBA Corporate MBA Program 
CMP Construction Management Program
CMSE Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
COM Communication
CSD Communicative Sciences and Disorders
CSE Computer Science and Engineering
CSS Crop and Soil Sciences
CSUS Community Sustainability
DAN Dance
DS Digital Storytelling
EAD Educational Administration
EC Economics
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering
ED Education
EEM Environmental Economics and Management
EGR Engineering
EM Emergency Medicine
EMB Executive MBA
ENE Environmental Engineering
ENG English
ENT Entomology
EPI Epidemiology
ES Earth Science
ESHP Entrepreneurship
ESL English as a Second Language
ESP Environmental Science and Policy
FCM Family and Community Medicine
FI Finance 
FIM Food Industry Management
FLM Film Studies
FLT Foreign Language Teaching
FM Family Medicine
FOR Forestry
FRN French
FRS Forensic Science
FSC Food Science
FW Fisheries and Wildlife
GBL General Business and Business Law
GD Graphic Design
GEN Genetics
GEO Geography
GLG Geological Sciences
GNL Global Non-profit Leadership
GRK Greek
GRM German
GSAH Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
GUSP Global Urban Studies Program
HA History of Art
HB Hospitality Business
HCM Healthcare Management
HDFS Human Development and Family Studies
HEB Hebrew
HED Human Environment and Design
HM Human Medicine
HNF Human Nutrition and Foods
HRLR Human Resources and Labor Relations
HRT Horticulture
HST History
IAH Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities
IDES Interior Design
IM Internal Medicine
IBIO Integrative Biology
ISA Indian and South Asian Languages
ISB Integrative Studies in Biological Sciences
ISE Integrated Science Education
ISP Integrative Studies in Physical Sciences
ISS Integrative Studies in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
ITL Italian
ITM Information Technology Management
JPN Japanese
JRN Journalism 
JS Jewish Studies
KIN Kinesiology
KOR Korean
LA Landscape Architecture
LAW MSU College of Law
LB Lyman Briggs
LCS Large Animal Clinical Sciences
LIN Linguistics
LL Linguistics and Languages
LLT Language, Learning and Teaching
LTN Latin
LWG Law Graduate Students
MBA Master of Business Administration
MC James Madison College
ME Mechanical Engineering
MED Medicine
MGT Management
MI Media and Information
MKT Marketing
MMG Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 
MS Military Science
MSE Materials Science and Engineering
MTH Mathematics
MTHE Mathematics Education
MUS Music
NEU Neuroscience
NOP Neurology and Ophthalmology
NSC Natural Science
NUR Nursing
OGR Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
OMM Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
OSS Osteopathic Surgical Specialties
OST Osteopathic Medicine
PA PA Medicine
PDC Planning, Design and Construction
PDI Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
PED Pediatrics
PHD Pediatrics and Human Development
PHL Philosophy
PHM Pharmacology and Toxicology
PHY Physics
PIM Integrative Management
PKG Packaging
PLB Plant Biology
PLP Plant Pathology
PLS Political Science
PMR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PPL Public Policy
PR Public Relations
PRT Portuguese
PSC Psychiatry
PSL Physiology
PSY Psychology
QB Quantitative Biology
RAD Radiology 
RCAH Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
REL Religious Studies
RET Retailing
ROM Romance Languages
RUS Russian
SCM Supply Chain Management
SCS Small Animal Clinical Sciences
SME Science and Mathematics Education
SOC Sociology
SPN Spanish
SSC Social Science
STA Studio Art
STT Statistics and Probability
SUR Surgery
SW Social Work
TE Teacher Education
THR Theatre
TSM Technology Systems Management
UGS Undergraduate Studies
UP Urban Planning
VM Veterinary Medicine
WRA Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
WS Women's Studies
XA Experience Architecture