The Academic Program

Michigan State University functions as a unit, with its colleges, divisions, schools, and departments serving one another. No single part is independent of the others. The Michigan State University College of Law, through a special affiliation, functions fully as a part of the University, although it remains financially independent.

Most schools and departments offer courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  At the undergraduate level, freshman and sophomore students, except when enrolled in James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, or the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, are enrolled as part of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC). Such students may select a field of study as a major preference; however, the academic responsibility for such students rests solely with the NSSC. During the first two years students begin taking (1) courses that apply to the university requirements as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog, (2) courses appropriate to the particular major, and/or (3) courses of an exploratory nature.  During the junior and senior years, students’ primary focus is on courses, whether given by the colleges of the majors or others, which meet the needs of the academic programs.  For high-achieving undergraduate students, colleges, schools, departments, and faculty, in cooperation with the Honors College, provide programs to encourage the highest intellectual development and greatest achievement.

At the graduate level, colleges which offer graduate courses have developed graduate programs consistent with the highest national, international, and professional standards of the respective fields.

Study Abroad programs are sponsored by the University through its academic departments and schools, and cooperative arrangements with other universities. The University offers more than 275 programs in over 60 countries on all seven continents.

To provide broader access to its instructional resources, the University offers selected degree programs, certificate programs, and courses at various locations and via the web.

The materials throughout this catalog are intended to be cumulative. The Undergraduate Education section is applicable to undergraduate study, and the Graduate Education section refers to graduate study. The all–University policies and requirements given in the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section apply to both undergraduate and graduate study. These three sections serve as the foundation for the college statements, and the all-University sections and the college statements serve as the foundation for the department and school statements.

Each college statement addresses the purposes or role of the college in the University; the organizational structure of the college; undergraduate programs, including college policies and requirements for admission and graduation beyond the all-University requirements; and graduate study, including the college policies and requirements for admission and degree completion beyond the all-University requirements. The organization of the department and school statements is similar to that of the college statements.


The university offers instruction throughout the year during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer sessions.

Period Covered by Registration

The period covered by registration for a given semester or summer session is defined as commencing with the first day of classes as published in the University academic calendar, and extending through the day prior to the start of the first day of classes for the succeeding semester or the first summer session.  The delivery of appropriate services requires at least minimum registration for that semester or summer session.



Michigan State University is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of Graduate Schools, Council of Graduate Schools, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and International Association of Universities.  The university has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411,, 1-312-263-0456.  Some individual programs, schools, and colleges have been recognized by the accrediting agencies in their respective fields. For a list, visit

Information about the accreditation of individual programs, schools, and colleges is included in program descriptions in Academic Programs. Updated program listings may be found at

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

Michigan State University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and, in the context of employment, affirmative action.  University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status.  The university is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  In carrying out this commitment, the university is guided by the applicable federal and state laws and regulations and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees.

The university has a comprehensive employment Affirmative Action Plan that includes placement goals for academic and support staff employment and an affirmative action policy for the employment of veterans and persons with disabilities.  The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives oversees the Plan by reviewing individual academic and support staff hiring recommendations, and advises the President and other university administrators on equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion matters.

The All-University Anti-Discrimination Policy applies to all university community members and to education and employment programs and activities and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or weight.  The Office of Institutional Equity establishes relations with federal and state civil rights agencies, and provides a system of addressing complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment by conducting investigations where necessary and ensures prompt remedial action where discrimination or harassment is found.

For additional information, contact the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 444, 1-517-353-3924,, or visit For additional information on the University's Anti-Discrimination Policy, contact the Office of Institutional Equity, Suite 4, Olds Hall 408 West Circle Drive, 1-517-353-3922,

Student Consumer Information

Michigan State University seeks to make available to prospective and enrolled students full information on all pertinent matters that would affect their attendance at the University.  These matters include academic programs, financial aid programs, eligibility requirements for financial aid, cost of attending the institution, refund policy, program integrity (complaints) and, to the extent available, patterns of retention in offered curricula. Information is accessible at Information is also available in various University publications, such as this catalog and information brochures for prospective students; or inquiries may be made of appropriate MSU administrative offices and Web sites.  Typical sources include: 

Office of Admissions 
Hannah Administration Building 
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
(For prospective students)

Office of the Controller
Hannah Administration Building 
426 Auditorium Road, Room 305

Office of Financial Aid
Student Services Building
556 E. Circle Drive, Room 252 

Office of the Registrar
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 150
(For enrolled students)

Additional information on University rules and regulations affecting students is published in the resource guide Spartan Life and other publications and is available at


Graduation Rates at Michigan State University

Admission to Michigan State University is based upon academic preparation and ability.  To assist students in their educational planning, as well as for institutional planning and reporting, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are included in a cohort each fall semester.   This cohort is followed to determine the rate of retention and graduation from Michigan State University.

Decisions by students to complete degree programs in more than four years may vary from personal to programmatic reasons.  The most recent Graduation Rate Survey, based upon the 2009 entering cohort, indicates that 77% of that cohort graduated within 6 years, or 150% of the normal time to award.  Of the same cohort, 73% graduated within 5 years, and 51% within 4 years.  These data compare favorably to graduation statistics from similar institutions. Additionally, some students in the initial cohort will eventually graduate at other institutions through transfer or pre-baccalaureate entry into professional programs.

Colleges, Schools and Departments

Departments of instruction at Michigan State University are organized as follows:

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Animal Science
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Community Sustainability
Fisheries and Wildlife
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Planning, Design and Construction
Plant Biology
Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

College of Arts and Letters
Art, Art History, and Design
Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Religious Studies
Romance and Classical Studies
Program in Women, Gender, and Social Justice
Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
Accounting and Information Systems
Hospitality Business
Supply Chain Management

College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Advertising and Public Relations
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Media and Information

College of Education
Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Educational Administration
Teacher Education

College of Engineering
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

College of Human Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Emergency Medicine
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Family Medicine
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Neurology and Ophthalmology
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Pediatrics and Human Development
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Translation Science and Molecular Medicine

James Madison College

College of Law

Lyman Briggs College

College of Music

College of Natural Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program
Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
Geological Sciences
Integrative Biology
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Physics and Astronomy
Plant Biology
Statistics and Probability

College of Nursing

College of Osteopathic Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Family and Community Medicine
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Neurology and Ophthalmology
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Osteopathic Medical Specialties
Osteopathic Surgical Specialties
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

College of Social Science
Criminal Justice
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Resources and Labor Relations
Planning, Design and Construction
Political Science
Social Work
Program in Women, Gender, and Social Justice

College of Veterinary Medicine
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Microbiology  and Molecular Genetics
Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Office of the Provost
Aerospace Studies—Air Force
Military Science—Army

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 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
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Laboratory Operations
Biomedical Laboratory Science 
Biosystems Engineering
Black American and Diasporic Studies
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
Civil Engineering
Classical Studies
Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Clinical Social Work
Cognitive Science
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 Chemistry
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 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
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
Grounds Management 

Health  and Risk Communication
Health Professions Education
Health Promotion
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

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
Literacy and Language Instruction
Livestock Production

Management, Strategy and Leadership
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 and Communication Technology
Media and Information
Media Arts and Technology
Medical Partners in Public Health
Military Science—Army
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
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
Strategic Communication
Strategic Management
Student Affairs Administration
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management 

Teaching and Curriculum
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 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
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
EEP Environmental Economics and Policy
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
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
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
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

University Organization

Refer to the Michigan State University home page for information about the central administration; the academic organization of the University; the academic governance system including Faculty Senate, University Council standing committees, advisory consultative committees and University student–faculty judiciaries; administrative advisory committees; and Board established committees,

The names of the persons who hold administrative positions and who serve on the committees are included at this site,