Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

The Campus

The Michigan State University campus in East Lansing occupies 5,239 contiguous acres and has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. The developed campus comprises 2,100 acres, and the remaining 3,139 acres are devoted to experimental farms, outlying research facilities, and a 36-hole golf course. Combined, the developed campus and farms area also contain 27 natural areas which encompass more than 700 acres.The gently-rolling campus is graced by a park-like landscape, traversed by the scenic tree-lined Red Cedar River. Campus beauty is enhanced by a mature collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines that serve teaching, research and outreach functions with over 36,000 plants accounted for in an interactive digital database. Planting of trees on the campus began shortly after its founding in 1855. A more formal collection of trees was initiated on campus in 1874 in what is known as the Campus Arboretum Collection. The rich campus open space complements and unifies the 565 permanent university buildings that provide over 23.9 million gross square feet of space to serve the institution’s land-grant mission.

The spacious campus arboretum is punctuated at intervals by focal points of plant interest.  Notable among these are the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, the 4-H Children’s Garden, the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum, the West Circle Drive loop, and the Sanford, Red Cedar, Baker, Beal Pinetum, Bear Lake, and Toumey Natural Areas. The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden was established in 1873 to support teaching, research and community outreach across campus. Besides being one of the very first continuously operated campus botanical gardens in North America, it is the site where hybrid maize was first developed by Professor Beal, and is still the place where the longest running science experiment in history is ongoing today. The 2,500 plant taxa in the labeled beds are organized into systematic, and economic collections. The adjoining slopes have many more species that comprise regional ecological and landscape groupings. Besides providing accessioned plant materials annually for millions of dollars of grant supported research, the Beal Botanical Garden also participates in a robust International Seed Exchange and shares and develops plant biology information with hundreds of botanical gardens worldwide. The Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, which showcase beautiful displays of over 1,200 varieties of flowering plants, are used for instruction and demonstration and for testing the performance of plants in the climate of central Michigan. They include both All-American Trial and Euro-Select Trial Gardens for annual plants and an All-American Display Garden for roses. Natural areas on the campus are protected vestiges of our natural heritage and include Toumey Woodlot, an old-growth beech-maple forest designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a Natural Landmark. Management of the natural areas is held to a minimum necessary to assure that their manifold teaching, research, recreational, and inspirational values will continue to serve generations of future students, staff, and faculty.

 


Abrams Planetarium

The Abrams Planetarium is an acknowledged leader in the popularization of astronomy. It is named after Dr. Talbert "Ted" and Mrs. Leota Abrams, who generously gave the original gift of $250,000 over 50 years ago. Today, the building features a 140-seat Sky Theater housing a digital full-dome projector, a black light gallery, an exhibit hall, and gift counter.

The major goals of the planetarium include offering engaging multimedia presentations that always contain a live presentation to the public, tailored program for the needs of K-12 students, and up-to-date undergraduate education across disciplines through collaboration with people across campus and the community.

Star shows and other events are offered to the public on weekends and special occasions. Visitors to the exhibit hall are welcome between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1:00 p.m. an 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information and a full listing of our offerings visit www.abramsplanetarium.org.



 

Alumni Memorial Chapel

Nestled amidst trees and lawns that slope gently down to the Red Cedar River stands the picturesque Alumni Memorial Chapel. Thousands of Michigan State University students and alumni have selected the chapel for their wedding ceremonies since its dedication on June 7, 1952. Its simple elegance, timbered ceilings, stained glass windows and collegiate Gothic charm are among the reasons many travel from around the world to celebrate weddings, baptisms, and memorials at their alma mater. The chapel was built “in honor of those who served their country” and “in memory of those students and alumni who made the supreme sacrifice.” More than 5,000 alumni and friends of the university raised the initial $200,000 to build the chapel. The Michigan State University Alumni Memorial Chapel seats approximately 190 people. Accommodating all faiths, each ceremony is treated with the same respect and reverence. This commitment to excellence has made countless weddings at the chapel unique and memorable. To reserve the Michigan State University Alumni Memorial Chapel, call1-517-432-3086. 

 

Athletic Facilities

Intercollegiate Athletic facilities at Michigan State University are described in the following statements. The Jenison Field House has complete synthetic surfacing for track and a seating capacity of 5,017 for volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling events. The Breslin Student Events Center and Berkowitz Basketball Complex, a multipurpose building, has two auxiliary gymnasiums for practice. Breslin has a seating capacity of 14,759 for basketball games and other student events. The Munn Ice Arena is available for ice hockey, skating, and athletic events with a seating capacity of 6,470. The full-service MSU Tennis Center has eight indoor tennis courts, offers a wide variety of tennis programs for MSU and the greater Lansing community and has a seating capacity of 1,200. Twenty varsity and recreational tennis courts are located south of the Duffy Daugherty/Skandalaris Football Center. Spartan Stadium has a playing area covered with grass and is used for football games and for large outdoor occasions. It has a seating capacity of 75,005. The Duffy Daugherty Building/Skandalaris Football Center has a full-size indoor football field and a 16,500-square- foot weight room. The two-hole Forest Akers Golf Courses were financed in part through a gift from Forest Akers, a long-time member of the University governing board. Included with the courses are all-weather, year-round driving ranges, practice greens and the Lasch Family Golf Center. Old College Field is the location of the Secchia Stadium for softball, DeMartin Soccer Complex and McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field. The field hockey, track and field facility, known as the Ralph Young Field, has an all-weather track and artificial turf infield available to students and faculty. Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center is a 31,000-square-foot facility that houses a computer lab with 74 stations, a 210-seat auditorium, two 70-seat study areas, 10 individual tutorial rooms and 10 staff offices. The men's and women's swimming and diving programs utilize the Charles McCaffree Pool at IM West (6 lanes, 25 yards with a diving well) and the outdoor pool at IM West, (Olympic size with 8 lanes, 50 meters and a diving well) for practice and competition.


MSU Auditorium

Both Fairchild Theatre (464 seats) and the main Auditorium (3,152 seats) feature a variety of performing arts events as well as formal lectures and commencement ceremonies. The classrooms, studios and offices of the Department of Theatre are in this building. The main Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre are managed by Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and used by the College of Music and Department of Theatre for performances and instructional activities.

 


Beaumont Tower

This familiar landmark stands on the site of the first building in America where agriculture was taught as a science on a university campus. The tower contains a 49-bell carillon.

 


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is an engaged public institution that reflects through art the longstanding global focus of Michigan State University. Expressly dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of international artists, the MSU Broad is a place where artists’ ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the world. Committed to education, experimentation, and study, the MSU Broad is a laboratory for the new, grounded in a deep appreciation for the historical. The MSU Broad is committed to  expanding, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collection of artwork from ancient cultures to the present day.

For further information visit www.broadmuseum.msu.edu.


International Center

Built in 1963 and substantially expanded in 2002, the Delia Koo International Academic Center continues to be the hub of international activity at Michigan State University. Housed within the International Center is the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP), a university-level office led by an associate provost and dean. ISP supports and encourages international activities throughout the institution, and within ISP are offices with responsibility for study abroad, international students and scholars, international research and Peace Corps recruiting, international health and safety, as well as area studies centers focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Russia, Eurasia and Latin America and the Caribbean. ISP has strong ties to thematic international units across the campus that focus on international agriculture, business, education, engineering, gender, health, and languages. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Visiting International Professional Program, Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Office of International Research Collaboration, Community Volunteers for International Programs, and visiting international scholars affiliated with the international and thematic centers also have offices here. The International Center also houses the Volunteer English Tutoring Program, a language-tutoring program for the international community, and is available for use by MSU’s many other international centers and institutes. ISP hosts myriad international conferences, seminars, colloquia, and workshops. Other residents include the Crossroads Food Court, MSU ID office and the Spartan Bookstore. In addition to offices and meeting space, the International Center also offers room 115 just off the lobby. Primarily used as a classroom, room 115 is available for large meetings and is often the site of academic governance sessions during fall and spring semesters. To request use of room 115, contact classroom scheduling in the Office of the Registrar. Registered student organizations may request use of the lobby area through the Department of Student Life for various cultural, social and recreational activities. Similarly, the International Center also hosts events sponsored by the University Activities Board.

 


Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center plays a key role in the fulfillment of the university’s land grant mission. Built in 1951 in partnership with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kellogg Center has been a model facility for continuing education. Today, Kellogg Center serves as the primary location for university-sponsored seminar and outreach programs, extending expertise and resources to the entire state and around the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people participate in conferences and workshops. Available to the public as well as the university community, the Kellogg Center is a hub for community activities, corporate meetings and social events. Kellogg Center is a full-service conference center and hotel with guest rooms, including five suites, flexible function space, meeting rooms, banquet rooms, private dining rooms, and professional conference and event coordinators. Also located in this state-of-the-art conference facility are the teaching laboratories for The School of Hospitality Business and the State Room Restaurant which features upscale casual dining onsite and Spartan Spirit Shop where you will find only the best Spartan apparel and gifts and some unique items that you can't find anywhere else in East Lansing!
 

Kresge Art Center

A gift of the S. S. Kresge Foundation, this building houses the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Among its resources are lecture classrooms for art history and disciplinary studios for ceramics, drawing, electronic art and intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Other resources housed within the Kresge Art Center include: a woodshop, a professional lighting studio for documentation of artwork, two digital labs, a print lab, a state-of-the-art electronic fabrication, prototyping and sculpture facility, a visual resource library, and an art store/café. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design Gallery 101 and 114 provide additional exhibition space and feature rotating exhibits throughout the year. All gallery exhibits are open to the public. For additional information call 1-517-355-7610, e-mail art@msu.edu or visit www.art.msu.edu.

 


Libraries

See the Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services section for a description of Libraries.

 


Michigan State University Museum

The Michigan State University Museum is the science and culture museum at MSU. The museum delivers programs in education, exhibitions, research; provides experimental exhibit space for university classes and collaborations; and builds and stewards collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. For more information, visit www.museum.msu.edu; call 1-517-355-2370 or email pr@museum.msu.edu for general inquiries.


MSU Union

The MSU Union is a busy lifestyle center offering shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation, flexible function space and convenient amenities designed to serve the Michigan State University community. Located at the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue, it is easily accessible by all methods of transportation. The MSU Union is located at the entrance to north campus, offering a park-like atmosphere. In keeping with our storied past, the MSU Union acts as a central meeting place for students, faculty, staff, and university guests to experience cultural, educational, and social activities. Services available at the MSU Union include:

Admissions Welcome Room Serrano's
Alumni Association Spartan Lanes (bowling)
BIGGBY COFFEE Kellogg Catering
Cap and Gown Rentals Spartan Spirit Shop
Commencement Merchandise Sparty's Express
Computer Stations Student Media Center
Meeting and Conference Facilities Union Deli
MSU Dairy Store Union Pizzeria
MSU Federal Credit Union U.S. Post Office
MSU Union Food Court Welcome Center
Mosaic Multicultural Unity Center Quiet Study Lounge Nursing Mothers Room
North Neighborhood Engagement Center

The MSU Union also provides campus-wide student activities through the University Activities Board (UAB). Events are held at the International Center, MSU Union, and a variety of other campus locations. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) have the opportunity to use the MSU Union for their regular meetings and special events. The MSU Union is available for meetings, conferences, and special social events. Kellogg Catering services are provided in the building and across campus. MSU Union office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Contact the sales department at 1-517-432-2446 to schedule. For additional information, email union@msu.edu or visit the web at www.msuunion.com.
 


Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

The Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education opened in 1997 and combines auditorium, classroom, arena, and exhibit spaces. Exhibit space covers 66,240 square feet and can accommodate 368 animal stalls that can be removed to create open space for a variety of events from industry trade shows to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources annual AutumnFest celebration. The arena seats 2,000 people and has a show floor of 28,670 square feet. The auditorium seats 400 and is used for meetings, auctions, and livestock industry events. An event office, showers, livestock wash racks, public address system, Michigan State University concession stand, and recreational vehicle hook-ups are available for Pavilion events.

 


Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

Recreational Sports facilities include four buildings, four pools, and 27 acres of outdoor space, fields for softball, flag football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee among others.

IM SPORTS WEST, an accessible facility, provides courts for paddleball, racquetball, handball, and squash; gyms for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a turf arena for tennis and club activities; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a cycling studio and a contemporary fitness center.

IM SPORTS EAST provides barrier-free accessibility for basketball, volleyball, paddleball, racquetball, wally ball, and squash; a four-lane running track; a fitness center; a cycling studio and a multipurpose room for group fitness classes.

IM SPORTS CIRCLE, an accessible facility, contains gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a swimming pool;  and a multipurpose activity room.

DEMONSTRATION HALL arena is used for indoor soccer and roller-hockey and for community and student special events.

MSU SAILING CENTER provides learn-to-sail classes for adults and children. You may also rent stand up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. For more information visit www.msusailing.com.

 


Student Services Building

The Student Services Building is home to units that report to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services including the Student Affairs and Services office of the Vice President, Career Services Network, Student Life; Office of Multicultural and Academic Transitions; LBGT Resource Center; and Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Other offices in the building include the Office of Financial Aid, Testing Office, Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), as well as the administrative offices for the Eli Broad Art Museum.

 


Wharton Center for Performing Arts

With a diverse line up of events, Wharton Center is Michigan’s largest presenter of performing arts. Presenting in unique venues on-campus, including the Cobb Great Hall and Pasant Theatre (Bogue St/Wilson Rd); MSU Concert Auditorium (Farm Lane/Wilson Rd); and Breslin Student Events Center; Wharton Center is proud to bring the best touring Broadway shows, the finest classical musicians, unrivaled dance companies and world-renowned performers to mid-Michigan. Wharton Center also showcases performances by the Department of Theatre, College of Music and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, as well as hosting many community and university events. The MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts and Creativity at Wharton Center offers innovative arts education programs to enrich the academic experience with workshops and master classes by world-renowned artists, engagement activities around many of the performances, and much more. The Institute annually educates and inspires more than 30,000 learners of all ages. Full-time MSU students receive substantial ticket discounts, including $25.00 tickets to most MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center attractions and $15.00 to most Wharton Center Performing Arts Series attractions. For more information visit www.whartoncenter.com or call the ticket office at 1-800-WHARTON.