Academic Degrees and Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Agricultural and Resource Economics; Agricultural and Environmental Technology; Agricultural Education; Agricultural Sciences; Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems; 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 English Language Arts & Social Studies Education (MSL); Science Education-Middle School or Secondary; Technology, Engineering and Design Education
College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering; Biological 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; Paper Science and Engineering; Textile 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; Paper Science and Engineering; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Professional Golf Management; 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
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.
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.
Agricultural and Environmental Technology
Agricultural Business Management
Art and Design
Health, Medicine and Human Values
Healthcare Product Management
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
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Polymer and Color Chemistry
Pulp and Paper Technology
Renewable Energy Assessment
Science, Technology, and Society
Sustainable Materials and Technology
Technical and Scientific Communication
Technology, Engineering, and Design Education
Women's and Gender Studies
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 CommonApp.org 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
Bachelor of Arts in Arts Studies
Arts Studies, a unique creative program at NC State, is designed to expand student perspectives through an interdisciplinary approach to the arts. Students learn flexible and critical thinking skills that prepare them for a satisfying career in the arts.
The program of study requires students to integrate the history, analysis and practice of an art form with linking courses that connect the arts to other areas including politics, science, technology, and more. The students also participate in an interdisciplinary capstone course. Students choose one of four foundational areas: visual art, film, music, or theater. The degree prepares students to pursue advanced studies in diverse academic fields, including those leading to work as a practicing artist, and for careers in arts management, arts entrepreneurship, arts education, nonprofit arts administration.
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.
For more information, see the Arts Studies Program website.
Minor in Arts Studies
The Arts Studies minor is offered to all students in the university who want to add a significant arts dimension to their departmental majors. This minor program enables students to explore the history, analysis, and practice of different art forms from visual art to creative writing, film, music, theater, dance, and more within a single minor. Students take arts courses from more than one arts field to complete this minor.
For more information, see the Arts Studies Program website.
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. Pre-Law Services at NC State offers guidance, information and support to students who are interested in law school. Pre-Law Services are offered through the Career Development Center. Through Pre-Law Services at NC State, students receive guidance on preparing for law school, taking the LSAT, and applying to law school. Pre-Law Services at NC State offers students the opportunity to learn and network through experiential learning programs, internships, seminars and workshops, and the annual law school fair.
The Pre-Law Advsiros 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. For more information, visit the Pre-Law Services 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.
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.
Health Professions Advising at NC State offers guidance, information and uspport to students interested in attending health professional school. The Health Professions Advisor can assist with:
- Prerequisite course selection
- Becoming a competitive candidate
- Selecting potential health professional schools
- Reviewing application materials
For further information on Health Professions Advising, visit the Health Professions Advising website.
Veterinary Professions Advising Center (VetPAC)
The Veterinary Professions Advising Center (VetPAC) aims to provide NC State students and alumni the guidance, resources and experience necessary to become uniquely competitive veterinary school applicants. While there is no formal "pre-veterinary" program or degree at NC State, many students interested in pursuing veterinary school often declare majors in the following disciplines: Animal Science, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Poultry Science.
VetPAC is housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For more information on pre-veterinary advising, visit the VetPAC website.