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).

Department Majors/Concentrations
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Environmental Economics and Policy
Animal Science  
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Biosystems Engineering
Technology Systems Management
Civil & Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering
Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies Environmental Studies and Agriscience
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Crop and Soil Sciences Environmental
Soil Science
Entomology Entomology
Fisheries & Wildlife
Conservation Biology
Fisheries Biology & Management
Wildlife Biology & Management
Water Sciences
Fish & Wildlife Disease Ecology & Management
Forestry Forest Conservation and Environmental Studies
Forest Resource Management
Geological Sciences
Earth Science
Geological Sciences
Environmental Geosciences
Earth Science Teaching Minor
Horticulture Horticulture Science
Landscape Design, Construction and Management
Sustainable and Organic Horticulture
Lyman Briggs College Diverse Majors
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Microbiology
Environmental Biology/Microbiology
Genomics & Molecular Genetics
Plant Biology
Plant Ecology and Evolution
Plant Physiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
General Plant Biology
Plant Pathology Plant Pathology
Integrative Biology General Zoology
Animal Behavior & Neurobiology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
Marine Biology
Zoo and Aquarium Science



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.

Host Department Specialization Eligibility
  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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