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Academic Degrees and Programs

Undergraduate Degrees

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agricultural Business Management; Agricultural and Environmental Technology; Agricultural Science; Agricultural Education; Animal Science; Biochemistry; Biological Engineering; Bioprocessing Science; Extension Education; Food Science; Horticultural Science; Natural Resources; Nutrition Science; Plant and Soil Science; Plant Biology; Poultry Science; Soil and Land Development; Turfgrass Science

College of Design

Architecture (fifth year program); Art and Design; Design Studies; Graphic Design; Industrial Design

College of Education

Elementary Education; Mathematics Education-Middle School or Secondary; Middle Grades Education- Language Arts & Social Studies; Science Education-Middle School or Secondary; Technology, Engineering and Design Education

College of Engineering

Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Systems BSE-Offered at Havelock, NC; Mechatronics Engineering-Offered at UNC-Asheville; Nuclear Engineering

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Anthropology; Arabic Language and Culture; Arts Studies; Asian Language; Communication; Criminology; English, Teacher Education option; English; French Language & Literature; French Language & Literature, Teacher Education option; German Studies; History; History, Teacher Education Option; Interdisciplinary Studies: Africana Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies: Self Design; Interdisciplinary Studies: Women & Gender Studies; International Studies; Leadership in the Public Sector; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Science, Technology and Society; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish Language & Literature; Spanish Language & Literature, Teacher Education Option

Poole College of Management

Accounting; Business Administration; Economics

College of Natural Resources

Environmental Sciences; Environmental Technology and Management; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Forest Management; Natural Resources: Concentration in Ecosystem, Concentration in Policy & Administration; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Professional Golf Management; Paper Science and Engineering; Sport Management; Sustainable Materials & Technology

College of Sciences

Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Genetics; Geology; Marine Sciences; Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; Meteorology; Microbiology; Natural Resources: Marine & Coastal Resources; Physics; Statistics; Zoology;

College of Textiles

Fashion & Textile Design; Fashion & Textile Management; Polymer & Color Chemistry; Textile Engineering; Textile Technology

University College

Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Graduate Degrees

For information about graduate programs at NC State, including admissions information, deadlines, international applications, financial support, and a list of graduate programs and their requirements, consult the NC State Graduate School website. Also, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.


Undergraduate Minors

Some departments at NC State offer undergraduate academic minors for students interested in a program of study in an area outside their major. All minors require at least 15 credit hours and may be either departmental or interdepartmental. Courses within the minor program may be used to satisfy university general education requirements, and the general requirements, including free electives, of a major curriculum, as applicable.

Minors are completely optional, the only requirement being that a student may not minor in the same discipline as their major. Only students who have matriculated into a major are eligible for a minor. A minor cannot be completed after graduating. Students pursuing a minor must consult with the minor coordinator on a plan of work and should file a copy of this plan with the advisor for their major as soon as the minor is declared. The student should also submit a Declare a Minor form signed by the minor coordinator to Registration and Records no later than the end of the regular registration period one semester prior to the semester of graduation. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the final transcript following graduation. For more information about the minors available at NC State, please see the Minors website.

Academic Minors:

Africana Studies
Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural and Environmental Technology
American Literature
Animal Science
Applied Ecology
Applied Sociology
Art and Design
Arts Entrepreneurship
Arts Studies
Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Coaching Education
Cognitive Science
Computer Programming
Creative Writing
Crop Science
Design Studies
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Toxicology
Extension Education
Feed Milling
Film Studies
Food Science
Forensic Science
Forest Management
Furniture Manufacturing
Graphic Communications
Graphic Design
Health, Medicine, and Human Values
Healthcare Product Management
Horticultural Science
Industrial Engineering
International Studies
Italian Studies
Japan Studies
Landscape Architecture
Law and Justice
Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Leadership: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
Logic and Methodology
Materials Science and Engineering
Middle East Studies
Military Studies: Aerospace Studies
Military Studies: Military Science
Military Studies: Naval Science
Nano-Science and Technology
Native American Studies
Nonprofit Studies
Nuclear Engineering
Outdoor Leadership
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Plant Biology
Political Science
Polymer and Color Chemistry
Polymer Science
Portuguese Studies
Poultry Science
Pulp and Paper Technology
Religious Studies
Renewable Energy Assessment
Russian Studies
Science, Technology, and Society
Social Work
Soil Science
Sports Science
Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Materials and Technology
Technical and Scientific Communication
Technology, Engineering, and Design Education
Textile Technology
Tissue Engineering
Wetland Assessment
Wildlife Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies
World Literature


Agricultural Institute

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school with at least a 2.25 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or have successfully passed the General Education Development (GED) test before being admitted to the Agricultural Institute at NC State. An application and a high school transcript must be submitted through and supporting documents must be submitted directly to the Admission Office at NC State University. One letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member should be submitted directly to the Agricultural Institute Office.  The regular college entrance exam (Scholastic Aptitude Test – SAT) or ACT is not required, but recommended. The 2.25 minimum high school GPA is waived for transfer students and for applicants 21 years or older at the time of enrollment in the Agricultural Institute. An Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded. Fields of study are:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Field Crops Technology
  • General Agriculture
  • Livestock and Poultry Management
  • Horticultural Science Management
    • Ornamentals and Landscape Technology Concentration
    • Small Scale Farming Concentration 
  • Turfgrass Management


Arts Studies

NC State offers a rich variety of courses in the history, analysis, and production of the arts - dance, film, music, theatre, and visual arts. Many of these courses are open to students without prerequisite, and are offered by 13 departments in four different colleges of the university.

In addition to these courses, most of which focus on a single art form, the Arts Studies Program offers courses which deal with several arts media or with the arts in connection with other areas, including politics, science, technology, and more.  These courses are listed in the back of this catalog and the schedule of courses each semester under the ARS prefix.

For students who want to concentrate in Arts Studies, a major in Arts Studies is available. It is administered by the Arts Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, there are minors in Arts Studies, Music, Theatre, and Film Studies.

Opportunities for students to participate in arts activities offered by Arts NC State include many instrumental and choral groups, student productions in University Theatre, instruction in the Craft Center, courses and concerts by the Dance Program, and visual art exhibitions. For these activities, many of which are integrated with academic courses, see Student Activities in this section of the catalog.

The Arts Studies Program together with the Music Department sponsors the Arts Now Series. The Series includes performances of and lectures about contemporary performance works that include music. Guest performers, composers, dancers, and video artists appearing in the series range from regionally based artists to international guests from Europe, Asia, and South America.


Pre-professional Programs

Pre-Law Services Office of Advising Support, Information and Services

Law schools neither prescribe nor recommend a particular undergraduate curriculum for prospective candidates. A student may prepare for law school within any of the majors offered by the nine undergraduate colleges. The University Coordinator of Pre-Law Services, in conjunction with the student’s academic adviser, assists any student with an interest in attending law school and provides information and planning strategies to prepare for this process. This can include: what needs to be considered in the academic record; the selection of appropriate electives and concentrations; law schools to consider; as well as, where to look for financial information. The Coordinator also works with the Pre-Law Students Association (PLSA), which is open to all interested students. During the year the PLSA provides programs that have included: NC State Law School Fair, local attorneys, panel of Law School students, Law School Directors of Admission, information on the admissions process. At this time, the Pre-Law Advising Program is administratively housed in the Office of Advising Support, Information and Services within the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs. For further information, contact the University Pre-law Coordinator Mary A. Tetro, 211P Park Shops, (919) 513-0912. You may also visit the Pre-Law website.

Pre-Professional Healthcare Programs and Advising: Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, and Pre-Opt, Pre-Pharm, Pre-PT/OT, Pre-PA, Nursing etc.

Many NC State undergraduate students are planning a career in the health professions and will apply to attend medical, dental, optometry or other health care graduate schools after graduation. NC State provides a variety of services to help students explore the health professions as a possible career choices and to enhance a student’s competitiveness for admission into a health professions school. These services include the Health Professions Advising Center or Health PAC (see the information below and website link). Health PAC assists with healthcare career planning and advising, mentoring, letters of evaluation, internship and clinical opportunities, as well as numerous programs and resources to help students achieve their educational and career goals in human healthcare. The center also assists in the actual application process including personal statement development, interview preparation and more, all targeted at developing the most competitive, well rounded applicants.

Health professional schools do not require students to obtain a designated “Pre-Health” degree. Instead, they seek students who have demonstrated academic success and who also have excelled in other areas including clinical and service experience as well as social development. Like most schools, NC State does not offer a dedicated “Pre-Health” curriculum. Instead we recommend that students interested in health professions select the academic major that is of greatest interest to them while ensuring that they select courses that provide a strong foundation in the natural sciences required by most professional programs for admission. These include biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus along with recommended courses like genetics and biochemistry. It is also recommended that students select courses that improve communication and writing skills as well as provide a strong foundation in the humanities, psychology and ethics. Students interested in a program that focuses on Human Biology should visit the following link on the Biological Sciences website.

For further information on Health PAC, contact Anita Flick, MD at or visit the Health PAC website.

The Health Professions Advising Center (Health PAC) and the NC State Health Professions Review Committee

In addition to a student’s departmental academic adviser, the university provides the Health Professions Advising Center (Health PAC) to further assist students interested in health careers. Housed in 2720 Bostian Hall, Health PAC is available to all NC State students (including graduate and post bac students as well as alumni). Health PAC is dedicated to mentoring students throughout their college career, helping them to prepare their application for post-graduate studies. The center assists pre-health students by answering questions and helping them explore health career options, locating and obtaining clinical and service experience, and developing future career skills (such as technical writing, research review, etc.). Health PAC also helps students compile an Achievement Portfolio that provides an accounting of their academic, clinical, service/community, and social achievements for incorporation into their application to health programs and for the subsequent interview process.

The NC State Health Professions Review Committee is available to review student applications and to prepare a university committee recommendation , which is then submitted to each of their selected schools. The composite includes not only each student’s individual letters of recommendation but also a university recommendation of the applicant along with a detailed letter from the NC State Health Professions Review Committee Chair highlighting each student’s strengths and accomplishments. Many professional programs rely heavily on these university recommendations and often require them as a component of their application screening process.

For more information on the Health Professions Advising Center and NC State Health Professions Review Committee, please contact Anita Flick, MD at or visit the Health Professions website.

Pre-Veterinary Program

This area of study is a non-degree option offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This option is available to students majoring in animal science, poultry science, zoology, or biological sciences as well as in many other science curricula, such as biochemistry or chemistry. If a student is accepted to veterinary medical school before completion of their undergraduate degree, some course credits may be transferable from the veterinary program toward completion of the Bachelor of Science degree. Arrangements for this procedure should be made with the degree granting school or department prior to entering veterinary college. For further information, contact the Academic Programs Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, (919) 515-2614, or the Admissions Office for Veterinary Students of the College of Veterinary Medicine, (919) 513-6205, for general information concerning admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at NC State.