Explore Majors and Minors by Area of Interest

Agricultural Sciences

Agriculture is a complex field that requires the highest levels of science to research crops that can withstand pests and environmental impacts for food production, to enhance soil for growing plants, to produce healthy animals, and develop nutritional food products for consumers. It is a discipline that needs professionals to work in research and development, production, business, and education.


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Food Science
Agricultural Business Management Genetics
Agricultural Education Horticultural Science
Agricultural Science Natural Resources: Soil Resources, Soil and Water
Animal Science Nutrition Science
Biochemistry Plant Biology
Bioprocessing Science Poultry Science
Biological Engineering Turfgrass Science
Crop and Soil Sciences

(See: Life Sciences, Environment/Natural Resources, Physical Sciences)


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Feed Milling
Agricultural Business Management Food Science
Agricultural Entrepreneurship Global Leadership and Team Decision Making 
Agroecology Horticultural Science
Landscape Architecture
Animal Science Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Applied Ecology Nutrition
Biotechnology Plant Biology
Crop Science Poultry Science
Extension Education Soil Science

Architecture and Design

Original, creative, and independent are often words used to describe students who are interested in design. From architecture to industrial design, textile, and graphic design, there are majors for students to pursue that can lead to some very creative careers.


Art and Design Graphic Design
Design Studies Industrial Design
Environmental Design in Architecture Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Fashion and Textile Design

(See: Arts and Culture)


Art and Design Design Studies
Art Entrepreneurship Landscape Architecture
Arts Studies

Arts and Culture

Are you interested in learning about the history, theory, analysis, and development of the arts? Do you want the opportunity to have some hands-on production or performing experience? Majors and minors are offered where you can pursue your interests.


Art + Design Design Studies
Arts Studies

(See: Architecture & Design)


Art + Design Design Studies
Art Entrepreneurship Film Studies
Arts Studies Music
Dance Theatre


From planning marketing campaigns to crunching numbers and analyzing data, opportunities in the business world are varied and numerous. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire can result in careers that include: accountant, loan office, real estate appraiser, bank manager, tax assessor, marketing manager, credit examiner, actuary, sales representative, and more.


Accounting Forest Management
Agricultural Business Management Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Business Administration Sport Management
Fashion & Textile Management


Accounting Economics
Agricultural Business Management Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making
Arts Entrepreneurship Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Business Administration Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Business Entrepreneurship

Communication and Writing

Communication is a broad field that can encompass oral and written communication, graphic communications and technical writing. The ability to communicate orally and in writing are skills that are important in life and in careers that include: editor, public relations professional, advertising, marketing, technical writer, and more.


Communication English-Teacher Education
English Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies

(See: Humanities: Foreign Languages and Literature)


American Literature Graphic Communications
Creative Writing Journalism
English Linguistics
Film Studies Technical and Scientific Communication
Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making World Literature


Working in a helping profession where having a positive impact on the lives of others is what motivates those who want to pursue a career in education and teaching. Teachers are in demand and have opportunities throughout this state, country and abroad.


Agricultural Education Mathematics Education
Elementary Education Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies
English-Teacher Education Science Education
French Language and Literature-Teacher Education Spanish Language and Literature-Teacher Education
History-Teacher Education Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Learning Design and Technology Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Graphic Communications Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Environmental Education
Extension Education


Are you interested in analyzing, evaluating and finding solutions to problems? Do you have a strong attention to detail and logical thinking? Are your strengths in math and science? If so, a discipline in engineering may be a major and career for you.


Aerospace Engineering Environmental Engineering
Biological Engineering Industrial Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Materials Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering Mechatronics Engineering (UNC-A)
Computer Engineering Nuclear Engineering
Computer Science Paper Science and Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management Textile Engineering
Electrical Engineering

(See: Technology)


Chemical Engineering Nano-Science and Technology
Computer Programming Nuclear Engineering
Industrial Engineering Nonwovens
Materials Science and Engineering Tissue Engineering

Environmental/Natural Resources

Passionate about preserving our environment and finding solutions to problems with water quality, ecosystem enhancement, sustainable products, air quality, and energy resources? We have multiple and diverse majors that can prepare you for a career as a biologist, environmental monitor, consultant, advocate for a non-profit agency, and technical writer.


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Natural Resources: Economics and Mgmt., Soil Resources
Biological Sciences Natural Resources: Ecosystem, Public Policy
Environmental Engineering Natural Resources: Marine and Coastal Resources
Environmental Sciences Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Environmental Technology and Management Plant Biology
Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Plant and Soil Sciences
Forest Management Science, Technology and Society
Geology Sustainable Materials and Technology
Horticultural Science Technology, Engineering and Design
Marine Sciences

(See: Agricultural Sciences for more environmental majors & minors)


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Plant Biology
Agroecology Renewable Energy Assessment
Applied Ecology Soil Science
Environmental Education
Environmental Sciences Sustainable Energy
Environmental Toxicology Sustainable Materials and Technology
Forest Management Technical and Scientific Communication
Geology Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Horticultural Science Wetland Assessment
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Wildlife Sciences


History, foreign language, philosophy, religion, literature…these are all disciplines that make up the humanities. Why are the humanities important? They help us explore human history and expose us to new ideas and beliefs. They encourage us to think “outside of the box”. Graduate of humanities programs can be found in careers in all areas of business, government, education, public and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad.


Arabic Studies Interdisciplinary Studies-Africana Studies
Arts Studies Interdisciplinary Studies-Self-Design
Communication Interdisciplinary Studies-Women’s and Gender Studies
English International Studies
English-Teacher Education Leadership in the Public Sector
Leadership Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
French Language and Literature Philosophy
French Language and Literature-Teacher Education Religious Studies
German Studies Science, Technology and Society
History Spanish Language and Literature
History-Teacher Education Spanish Language and Literature-Teacher Education
World Cultural Literacy 

(See: Social Sciences)


Africana Studies Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making Native American Studies
American Literature Health, Medicine and Human Values Nonprofit Studies
Arts Entrepreneurship Hindi-Urdu Philosophy
Arts Studies History Portuguese Studies
Chinese Studies International Studies Religious Studies
Classical Studies Italian Studies Russian Studies
Creative Writing Japan Studies Science, Technology and Society
Design Studies Japanese Spanish
English Linguistics Theatre
Film Studies Logic and Methodology Women’s and Gender Studies
French Music World Literature

Human Services

Interested in working with people in a “helping” profession? These majors and minors can provide you with the educational background and skills for careers that can satisfy the need to make a difference in the lives of others.


Agricultural Education Middle Grades Education-Language Arts and Social Sciences
Criminology Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Elementary Education Psychology
English-Teacher Education Science Education
French Language and Literature-Teacher Education Social Work
History-Teacher Education Sociology
Mathematics Education Spanish Language and Literature-Teacher Education

(See: Education/Teaching, Humanities, Social Sciences)


Coaching Education Outdoor Leadership
Criminology Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Global Health
Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making Psychology
Health Social Work
Health, Medicine and Human Values Sociology
Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences Sport Science
Nonprofit Studies Technology, Engineering and Design Education

Life Sciences

Disciplines that focus on the study of human beings, animals, plants, and organisms at the micro level are the life sciences. Students initially study introductory biology, chemistry, physics, math and then focus on more specific life science courses that give them preparation for careers in research, industry, business, government and more. These majors provide an excellent background for professional schools-medical, dental, optometry, as well as programs in pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy and other health science programs.


Biochemistry Microbiology
Biological Sciences Nutrition
Bioprocessing Plant Biology
Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology Zoology

(See: Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences)


Biological Sciences Health
Biomanufacturing Health, Medicine and Human Values
Biotechnology Microbiology
Environmental Sciences Nutrition
Environmental Toxicology Plant Biology
Evolutionary Biology Science, Technology and Society
Genetics Sport Science
Global Health

Mathematics and Statistics

Analytical? Logical? Excel at numerical computations and enjoy problem-solving? Mathematics or statistics could be a major for you. These subjects provide a great background for those who want to use their interests and talent for numbers in ways to solve problems in diverse fields from engineering, medical sciences, environmental issues, and more. Employment can be found in quantitative careers in business, government, research, teaching and other fields.


Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Mathematics Education Statistics
Economics (BS)

(See: Business: Accounting, Economics


Mathematics Statistics Statistics

Physical Sciences

From chemistry to meteorology, physics to geology and marine sciences. The physical sciences encompass a broad range of disciplines that focus on understanding more about the earth, water systems, nature, and seeking solutions to problems related to these systems. Careers can include research in private industry and higher education, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.


Biochemistry Natural Resources: Marine and Coastal Resources
Chemistry Meteorology
Chemical Engineering Physics
Geology Paper Science Engineering and Chemical Engineering (dual major)
Marine Science Polymer and Color Chemistry

(See: Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences)


Chemical Engineering Polymer and Color Chemistry
Geology Physics
Meteorology Statistics

Pre-Professional: Medical, Veterinary, Law

If you are interested in attending professional school including medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, law and other programs, you can pursue any undergraduate major as long as you take the appropriate pre-requisite courses for admission. In other words, NC State (like most universities) does not have a pre-health, pre-law, or pre-vet major. You should choose the undergraduate major that you enjoy, can excel in the courses, and offers you the best career alternatives should you decide not to go to professional school.

HealthPAC – The Health Professions Advising Center: This website and advising center is available to all NC State students who are interested in pursuing health programs including medical, dental, optometry, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to begin using this service early in their college career. Be sure to look under “Program Prerequisites” for courses that are required for admission to the programs. Advising appointments are available on the HealthPAC website.

HealthPAC Director: Dr. Ray Easterlin, Career Development Center, 2100 Pullen Hall

Spring 2021 Virtual Health Professions Fair-March 24 11am-2pm: There are 59 professional schools attending in a variety of areas including Dental, PA, MD, DO, Nursing, OT/PT, Optometry, and Pharmacy.


Explore Health Careers
American Medical Association
American Medical Student Association
American Dental Association
American Student Dental Association
American Optometric Association

Pre-Law Services–Students who are interested in pursuing law school after graduating from NC State can pursue any major as an undergraduate. There are some law-related courses that you may want to take and some experiences that you will want to take advantage of while an undergrad. Pre-Law Services is a wonderful resource for students who want to learn about law school admissions requirements, get involved in volunteer/service opportunities, attend the annual law school fair, and more!

Pre-Law Advisor: Dr. Ray Easterlin, Career Development Center, 2100 Pullen Hall


Law School Admission Council
American Bar Association
American Bar Association-Law Student Division
“Preparing for a Career in Law in the 21st. Century”

Vet-PAC–Some of the “popular” majors for pre-vet students include: Animal Science, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Poultry Science. Use the resources of Vet-PAC to learn about admission to veterinary programs, get practical experience, and be advised by Dr. Trivedi, a veterinarian in the Department of Animal Science.

Pre-Vet Advisor: Dr. Shweta Trivedi, Department of Animal Science:


NC State Pre-Veterinary Club
NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine
American Veterinary Medical Association

Interesting article about former NC State grad who is a Veterinarian with the London Zoo.

Recreation, Tourism, Sport

Students who are interested in managing programs/facilities or coordinating activities related to sports, parks, recreational programs and tourism should consider these majors and minors. Sport, recreation, and tourism are multi-million dollar industries in North Carolina, throughout the U.S., and abroad. Those who have strong backgrounds in business, finance, marketing, program/event planning, are poised for careers with private organizations, the hospitality industry, sports teams, parks, and tourism attractions.


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Sport Management


Coaching Education Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Health Sports Science
Outdoor Leadership

Social Sciences

Interested in how people interact as individuals, in groups, and in society? Do you want to learn more about cultural norms and social change? Are you intrigued by politics and political parties? The social sciences provide students with the opportunity to explore these and other areas. Graduates find employment in government, business/industry, non-profits, social service agencies and international organizations.


Anthropology Political Science
Criminology Psychology
Interdisciplinary Studies: Self Design Science, Technology and Society
Interdisciplinary Studies: Women’s and Gender Studies Social Work
International Studies Sociology
Leadership in the Public Sector Technology, Engineering and Design Education

(See: Humanities)


Anthropology Military Studies: Naval Science
Applied Sociology Native American Studies
Cognitive Science Nonprofit Studies
Criminology Political Science
Forensic Science Psychology
Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making Science, Technology and Society
Health, Medicine and Human Values Social Work
Law and Justice Sociology
Middle East Studies Women’s and Gender Studies
Military Studies: Aerospace Studies
Military Studies: Military Science


Do you enjoy problem-solving and hands-on work such as modifying machines or working with tools? Are you interested in improving computer or manufacturing systems to make them more efficient? There are numerous majors and minors that might meet your interests and develop your skills and lead to careers in industries including technology, agriculture, and textiles, as well as government agencies and education.


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Polymer and Color Chemistry
Bioprocessing Science Sustainable Materials and Technology
Business Administration-Information Technology Concentration Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Environmental Technology and Management Textile Technology
Fashion and Textile Management

(See: Engineering)


Agricultural and Environmental Technology Polymer and Color Chemistry
Biomanufacturing Pulp and Paper Technology
Biotechnology Sustainable Materials and Technology
Feed Milling Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Nonwovens Textile Technology

Changing Majors

To add a major or change your major, you must meet certain requirements and submit the request through the Change of Degree Application (CODA). If “preferred” requirements are listed, those are the ones you need to meet.