Some academic majors have the environment as a central focus. We list those below (first table). However, it's possible to pursue environmental interests in almost any field: almost all departments offer some environment-related courses, and have some interested faculty. So if you want to combine your environmental interest with philosophy, or packaging, or chemical engineering, or journalism, you can do it! MSU also has a system of "specializations," which are sets of courses you can take in addition to your primary major. We've listed some environment-related specializations, too (second table).
MSU specializations complement academic majors. Specializations are sets of courses linked thematically. Many specializations are available to all undergraduates; others may be limited to students in designated majors. A list of all specializations is available here.
|Residential Initiative on Science and the Environment [RISE]. Linked to Environmental Studies Specialization.||For students in the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science and Social Science|
|James Madison College||Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy [STEPPS]||For students in James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.|
|Fisheries & Wildlife||Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement||For students in bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, fisheries and wildlife, forestry, park, recreation and tourism resources, and resource development.|
|Marine Ecosystem Management Specialization||For Students in Bachelor of Science degree programs with majors in Fisheries and Wildlife; Lyman Briggs; Community, Agriculture, Recreational and Resource Studies (CARRS); and Zoology.|
|Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies||Connected Learning in Agriculture and Natural Resources (Bailey Scholars Program)||Open to all undergraduates|
|Natural Resource Recreation||Open to all undergraduates|
|Sustainability||Open to students in Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Letters; Business; Natural Science; and Social Science and James Madison College|
|Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics||Environmental Economics||Open to all undergraduates|
|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources||Agricultural and Natural Resources Biotechnology||Open to students within CANR|
|College of Social Science||Gender and Global Change||Open to students not enrolled in programs in Global and Area Studies-Social Social Science|
|Crop and Soil Science||International Agriculture||Open to all undergraduates|
|Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems||Open to all undergraduates|
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