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.

Actuarial Science
Aerospace Studies—Air Force
African American and African Studies
African American History and Culture
African Languages
African Studies
Agribusiness Management
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
Agricultural and Natural Resources Biotechnology
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education
American Legal System 
American Studies
Animal Science
Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives 
Animation and Comics Storytelling in Media
Apparel and Textiles
Apparel and Textile Design
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Development in International Agriculture and Natural Resources
Applied Developmental Science
Applied Engineering Sciences
Applied Mathematics
Applied Spanish Linguistics
Applied Statistics
Art and Art History
 Art Education
 Art History and Visual Culture
 Studio Art
Arts and Humanities
Asian Pacific American Studies
Asian Studies
Astrophysics and Astronomy
Athletic Training

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
Biological Science-Interdepartmental
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Laboratory Operations
Biomedical Laboratory Science 
Biosystems Engineering
Black American and Diasporic Studies
Broadcast Journalsim
Business Administration
Business Analytics
Business Concepts for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation
Business Research

Cell and Molecular Biology
Canadian Studies
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chicano/Latino Studies
Child Development
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Civil Engineering
Classical Studies
Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Clinical Medicine
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Clinical Social Work
Cognitive Science
Collaborative Piano
Comic Art and Graphic Novels
Commercial Floriculture
Communication Arts and Sciences-Media and Information Studies
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
Comparative Cultures and Politics
Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology
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
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Critical Studies in the Teaching of English
Crop and Soil Sciences
Crop Production
Crop Science
Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education 

Dairy Production
Digital Humanities
Digital Media
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Documentary Studies

Early Care and Education
Early Childhood-General and Special Education
Earth Science
Ecological Food and Farming Systems
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Economic Geography
Educational Assessment for K-12 Practitioners 
Educational Policy
Educational Psychology
Educational Studies
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Educational Technology
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Elementary STEM Education
Engineering for International Service
Engineering Mechanics
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 Geosciences
Environmental Policy
Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Studies and Agriscience
Environmental Sciences and Management
Environmental Studies
Environmental Toxicology
Ethics and Development
European Studies
Experience Architecture

Family Community Services
Family and Child Ecology
Fiction Film Production 
Film Studies
Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Conservation Medicine
Fisheries and Wildlife
Food and Agricultural Standards
Food Industry Management
Food Processing and Technology
Food Safety
Food Science
Foodservice Management
Forensic Science
Forestry Field Applications

Game Design and Development
Gender and Global Change
General Business Administration
General Business Administration—Prelaw
General Management
General Science
Genomics and Molecular Genetics
Geographic Information Science
Geological Sciences
Global Food Law
Global and International Studies in Social Science
Global Public Health and Epidemiology
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Global Urban Studies
Graphic Design

Health  and Risk Communication
Health Promotion
Healthcare Management
High-Performance Computing
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
Hispanic Cultural Studies
Horse Management
Hospitality Business
Hospitality Business Real Estate and Development
Human Biology
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Geography
Human Medicine
Human Nutrition
Human Nutrition-Environmental Toxicology
Human Resource Management
Human Resources and Labor Relations

Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Industrial Mathematics
Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Infancy and Early Childhood
Information and Communication Technology and Development
Information and Media
Information Technology
Information Technology Management
Integrated Pest 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

Jazz Studies
Jewish Studies
Judicial Administration

K—12 Educational Administration
K—12 English as a Second Language
K12 Computer Science Education

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
Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved
Leadership in Rural Medicine
Leadership of Organizations
Legal Studies
Literacy and Language Instruction
Livestock Production

Management, Strategy and Leadership
Management Studies
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Management
Marine Ecosystem Management
Marketing Research
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Mechanics
Mathematics, Advanced
Mathematics Education
Measurement and Quantitative Methods
Mechanical Engineering
Media Analytics
Media and Communication Technology
Media and Information
Media Arts and Technology
Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Partners in Public Health
Military Science—Army
Molecular Plant Sciences
Museum Studies
  Collaborative Piano
  Composition and Music Theory
  Jazz Studies
Muslim Studies

Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Neuroscience-Environmental Toxicology
Nonprofit Fundraising
Nurse Practitioner 
Nutritional Sciences

Operations and Sourcing Management
Organizational Behavior—Human Resource Management
Organizational Communication for Leadership
Osteopathic Medicine

Pharmacology and Toxicology
Philosophy and Law 
Physical Science
Piano Pedagogy
Plant Biology
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Pathology
Political Economy
Political Science
Political Science —Prelaw
Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
Professional Applications in Anthropology
Professional Writing
Program Evaluation
Public Health
Public Health Administration
Public Health Informatics
Public Policy
Public Relations

Quantitative Biology

Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Religion in the Americas
Religious Studies
Rhetoric and Writing
Russian and East European Studies

Sales Communication
School Psychology
Science Education
Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy
Second Language Studies
Security Management
Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Social Relations and Policy
Social Science
Social Work
Soil Science
South Asian Languages
Spatial Ecology
Special Education 
  Emotional Impairment
  Learning Disabilities
Sports Business Management
Sports Coaching and Leadership
Sports Journalism
Strategic Communication
Strategic Management
Student Affairs Administration
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management 

Teaching and Curriculum
Teaching in Nursing
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
Turfgrass Management

Urban and Community Forestry
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Education

Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Technology

Women's and Gender Studies
Women's Studies
World Politics

Youth Development
Youth Development Specialist
Youth Program Management and Evaluation 

Zoo and Aquarium Management

  Veterinary Medicine


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:

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.

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
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
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
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
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 Specialities
OST Osteopathic 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
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