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Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Are you passionate about the conservation of all wildlife and fish species? Do you want to help resolve conflicts between people and wildlife? Majors in wildlife, fish and conservation biology study the relationships between human needs—including recreation, resource use and hunting—and wildlife needs for shelter and habitat preservation. The major offers many opportunities for hands-on experiences with wildlife through laboratory classes, fieldwork, research and internships.

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Viticulture and Enology

Could there be a more romantic major than wine? Students of viticulture and enology swish mouthfuls of Merlot and compare them to notes of coffee, lavender, wormwood and star anise for a grade. They roam the campus vineyards with a professor and classmates who don wide-brimmed sun hats as they test grape leaves for their hydration. They can crush grapes, ferment wine and travel to France for internships.

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Sustainable Environmental Design

Urban planners and regional developers shape the physical landscapes of our communities to create environments that frame our daily lives. With an added focus on sustainability, these community builders help ensure that the places in which we live and work are environmentally safe and resource-efficient. The sustainable environmental design major prepares students to thoughtfully plan communities, design livable cities, develop smooth-running transportation systems and create healthy, equitable urban spaces.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Are you interested in the sustainability of our food systems? Do you want to gain skills through hands-on learning, active engagement and internships? Then our major is perfect for you! Students acquire the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge needed to become successful agriculturalists, entrepreneurs and researchers. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex issues ranging from food security to food policy to growing crops on a farm.

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Plant Sciences

Why study plants? Because we need them! We need plants for food, shelter, clothes, biofuels and to improve and beautify our environment. When you study plant sciences, you get hands-on experience with plants and agriculture, experience that can lead to a lucrative, rewarding career and a healthier planet for us all. The combination of science and practical experience prepares graduates to be innovators in sustaining agricultural productivity and environmental quality.

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Nutrition Science

Do you want to help people live longer, healthier lives? Nutrition scientists study the components of food that may hold the key to living longer, healthier lives. Students in the major also examine food availability and safety in less industrialized parts of the world. Nutritionists and nutrition scientists work in research lab settings, food companies, health systems, public health organizations, nutrition education programs and nutrition policy. In addition, nutritionists educate people in healthy food choices, helping them manage and potentially prevent common diseases.

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Managerial Economics

Managerial economics is a dynamic degree that prepares students for a variety of careers in business and beyond. The major goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business. Students gain a thorough grounding in economic theory and practical business applications. They cultivate skills in quantitative methods, problem-solving strategies, critical thinking and effective communication that lead to promising careers.

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Landscape Architecture

Are you interested in planning communities and outdoor spaces that are more walkable, livable, meaningful and sustainable? The landscape architecture major prepares students with the skills and technical expertise necessary for professional careers. They can balance the complex relationships between human cultures, the built environment and natural systems.

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International Agricultural Development

Are you interested in the ways that culture, economics and technology affect agriculture? Do you want to build your skills and knowledge to help produce and distribute food to the people of emerging economies? Students in the international agricultural development major learn about how to improve food production, nutrition, marketing and health in less technically advanced countries. Students in this major are trained in technical and societal areas of agriculture that can be applied to the problems of world hunger and health. 

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Do you want to address concerns related to the most fundamental of all natural resources? Water is necessary for life on Earth, and hydrologists seek to solve problems that affect sustainability of water quantity and quality. Hydrologic science is the study of water in all of its aspects: as weather, river basins, groundwater, glaciers, lakes, streams, permafrost and water vapor. Hydrologists measure and analyze water beneath the ground, on the earth’s surface and in the atmosphere to determine how water is affected by physical, chemical and biological processes on Earth.

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Human Development

Are you interested in the ways that biology and the environment affect how people change, from birth through adulthood? Human development explores the developmental process in humans throughout the life cycle. Students in this major learn about the social, emotional and cognitive development of humans, all within the context of everyday lives, families and communities. The major emphasizes hands-on learning experiences.

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Global Disease Biology

Global disease biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.

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Food Science

Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Whatever you choose, it was probably grown, processed, delivered and prepared using techniques developed by food scientists and technologists. Food scientists help solve problems of producing and distributing food safely across broad geographical ranges and in varying climatic conditions. They also respond to market demands by creating food products that meet modern consumers’ needs for nutrition, taste and convenience.

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Environmental Toxicology

Are you interested in environmental toxins, their environmental fate and regulation, and their impacts on humans and other species? If so, we hope you will consider a major in environmental toxicology. Our graduates are well versed in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and toxicology — and are very unique! They have a tremendous selection of career opportunities upon graduation. With the growing environmental challenges we face today, students in the environmental toxicology major have the cutting-edge education needed to make a significant impact on the future of the world.

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Environmental Science and Management

Do you want to contribute solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, pollution, water use and land use? Environmental scientists advance our understanding of how people are affecting the world around us, and they connect that understanding to management and policy. Students in the environmental science and management major complete a capstone course that integrates the science, policy, management and biology aspects of the major. All students have opportunities to gain practical experiences through field courses and a required internship.

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Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning

Do you want to explore the relationships among the environment, law, policy, people and community planning? Students in the environmental policy analysis and planning (EPAP) major apply coursework in natural sciences to analyze environmental problems and formulate policy options and solutions. Issues of resource quality, pollution, energy use and recreational policy are all addressed by EPAP majors. Students gain skills in the growing areas of environmental impact assessment and geographic information systems.

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Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry

Are you interested in learning about the ways that plants improve our everyday lives? Plants play many roles in human environments, from beautifying indoor and outdoor areas to controlling erosion, reducing energy and water consumption, and revegetating and restoring destroyed landscapes. Students in the environmental horticulture and urban forestry major learn the interrelationships among complex managed landscape ecosystems, including plants, people, animals, soil, water, air and microorganisms.

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Did you know that insects are the most diverse group of animals on earth? Insects offer unique opportunities to study biological systems and are model experimental animals. Many insects are either pests or beneficial species that have great importance to the economy, environment or public health. Students in the entomology major will learn about environmentally sound methods of controlling domestic and agricultural pests.

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Ecological Management and Restoration

Are you interested in managing or restoring wildland, rangeland or plant communities? The ecological management and restoration major is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses fields of ecology, applied plant biology and the social sciences. Students in the major learn how natural and managed ecosystems function and interact with the natural environment, human society and social change.

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Community and Regional Development

Do you enjoy working with people in communities?  Do you want to manage communities and transform organizations? The community and regional development major provides a broad comparative understanding of the ways that economic, political and socio-cultural forces are transforming regions and local communities. Students in the major work with people to solve problems while creating political, social and economic opportunities. The major is organized to allow students to develop fields of concentration that meet their individual career goals.

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Clinical Nutrition

Do you want to make a difference in the health and lives of people? Nutritionists help people live healthier lives and manage common diseases by educating and guiding them in healthy and/or therapeutic diets. They work in hospitals or other clinical settings, public health, government-funded nutrition programs, food companies and the private sector. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Are you interested in the mechanics of life and improving human and animal health, food safety, energy production and environmental quality? Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary major that has an impact on almost every aspect of modern human life. Students develop a strong background in the biological sciences with an emphasis on the basic principles of genetics, molecular biology and cell biology.

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Atmospheric Science

If you want to explore weather phenomena and patterns as well as crucial environmental challenges, atmospheric science is the major for you! Atmospheric science is the study of physics, solar radiation, meteorological processes, climate change and variations, air pollution, and more all wrapped up in one discipline. You can gain a broad background on atmospheric science while also having an influence on human ecology and environmental biology.