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  • Accounting: The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree provides a broad business education and a specialization in accounting issues and skills. Students develop interpersonal, teamwork and problem solving skills, and learn how to apply technology in the accounting field.
    College: Poole College of Management
  • Aerospace Engineering: Aerospace engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to the design, development, and implementation of systems or vehicles that travel above the surface of the earth.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Africana Studies: Africana Studies is a 122 credit hour degree program designed to give students an integrated and critical understanding of the experiences, contributions, and achievements of peoples of African descent throughout the world. The core courses emphasize conceptual and methodological issues within Africana Studies. Students are taught academic skills and encouraged to conduct critical research and analysis designed to understand the relationships between and solutions to the political, social, cultural, and economic developments in Africa and the African Diaspora.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Agricultural & Environmental Technology: The Agricultural and Environmental Technology program is about hands-on technologies applied to developing, integrating, implementing, and problem-solving agricultural and environmental situations. Students are exposed to new and traditional agricultural machinery, tools, and computer programs needed to solve todays agricultural and environmental problems. Students will work in the department machinery lab, computer labs, and research machine shop areas solving problems posed by our faculty.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Agricultural Business Management: Agriculture is a business, whether it is farm production, processing and marketing agricultural products, or supplying agricultural inputs. The Agricultural Business Management major studies courses in agricultural business and economics, science, and agricultural technology. Students learn to apply the concepts, principles and terminology of business (economics, management, finance, marketing and others) to real-world issues and opportunities in the agricultural and life sciences industries.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Agricultural Science: Agricultural Science is a broad program that exposes students to agriculture in terms of the sciences as well as the economic and social science disciplines that are integral to the industry.  Some aspects that students are exposed to include agricultural production, soil and water conservation, research, and business.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Agriculture & Extension Education: Agriculture continues to be an important part of the high school curriculum in North Carolina. The Agricultural Education major emphasizes the teaching and learning process in both formal classrooms and other settings. A broad understanding of agriculture is required so that students will be able to communicate effectively agricultural information to a variety of audiences.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Animal Science: Animal Science is a diverse and complex field, covering not only the traditional production and management areas of livestock, horses, and companion animals, but also the basic sciences such as reproduction, physiology, genetics, and nutrition. Animal science is a broad field centered on the biology, production, management, and care of animals. Animal scientists are involved in all phases of domestic animal production, research, sales, service, business, and education.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Anthropology: Anthropology is the study of human behavior, an exploration of what it means to be human that ranges from the study of culture and social relations, to human biology and evolution, to languages, to music, art and architecture, and to vestiges of human habitation.  It embraces four broad fields: cultural anthropology, linguistics, physical anthropology and archaeology.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Architecture: Environmental Design in Architecture
    College: College of Design
  • Art + Design: The Art + Design major is for those who are curious and artistic and want to develop their talents for practical solutions. Those practical solutions augmented with aesthetic beauty and function is what we call design. We teach critical thinking, the merging of art and design principles, traditional processes with new technologies to produce solutions. The result is a visual message that tells a story of or for a client.
    College: College of Design
  • Arts Studies: Arts Studies allows students to develop a foundation in one of the arts and, on that foundation, learn the social or technological applications of the arts in a modern world. Examples are computers and the arts, scientific illustration, arts management and arts education.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry:  
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Biological Engineering: The biological engineer brings engineering to life; this major integrates the principles of biological and physical sciences and uses them to solve problems. Students learn to analyze and develop solutions to unique engineering problems of biological and agricultural systems. Scientific and engineering principles are applied to problems in concentration areas such as biomechanical applications; management of soil and water resources; processing and marketing of food and fiber; and machines, controls, and structures for biological and agricultural systems.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Biological Sciences: Biologists share a passion for understanding the living world. The biological sciences encompass a wide range of areas, and we offer five different ways to meet the requirements for a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Students studying for a degree in Biological Sciences can opt for a general curriculum (BLS) or can choose to focus in a particular area by selecting one of four areas of concentration: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCD), Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology (IPN), Human Biology (HB), or Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EEC).
    College: College of Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineers are professionally trained to combine the rigors of medical and biological studies with the power of engineering analysis and design. Students choose biomedical engineering to be of service to others, to enjoy the excitement of understanding living systems, and to use state-of-the-art science and technology to solve the complex problems of medical care.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Bioprocessing Science: Bioprocessing is a broad term encompassing the research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of products prepared from or used by biological systems, including food, feed, fuels, biopharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Graduates earning a Bioprocessing Science degree will have the technical competence and hands-on experience to immediately contribute to the North Carolina biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Business & Marketing Education: The primary purpose of the Business and Marketing Education program is to prepare professional teachers to teach business and marketing courses in the middle and secondary schools. While some graduates may decide to pursue careers in business after completing the program, all graduates are qualified to be licensed by the State of North Carolina as business and marketing education teachers (grades 6-12). Due to the number of these business and marketing classes offered in North Carolina public schools, the need for qualified teachers continues to increase.
    College: College of Education
  • Business Administration : The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree focuses on core business functions and offers the following concentrations. All students study finance, marketing, operations, human resources and information systems. The curriculum emphasizes the application of information technology, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking for decision making. Graduates from the College of Management have the knowledge and tools to launch new business ideas and succeed in management positions.
    College: Poole College of Management
  • Chemical Engineering: Careers in chemical engineering are sometimes exciting, always demanding, and ultimately provide a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Chemical engineers create, develop, and apply processes in which molecules undergo changes in chemical structure, physical state, or temperature. In many ways, chemical engineers are modern day alchemists. Instead of turning lead into gold, however, they design and operate processes which, for example:
    College: College of Engineering
  • Chemistry: Chemistry is the branch of science that studies the nature and characteristics of substances and the changes they undergo. Chemistry is fundamental to most scientific disciplines and technology. Chemistry is concerned with the building blocks of all materials-atoms and molecules.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering is concerned with the improvement and care of the built and natural environments and deals with planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings, dams, bridges, harbors, power facilities, pollution control facilities, water supply, and transportation systems. Specialties within the Civil Engineering curriculum include:
    College: College of Engineering
  • Communication: The Communication program provides opportunities for study and training in human communication for professionals entering business, industry, non-profit organizations, or government service. Today, many organizations are seeking graduates with demonstrated competencies in human communication to fill positions that require constant and skillful contact with a wide variety of internal and external publics.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Computer Engineering: Computer engineering, the fastest growing engineering field for the past few years, is a very broad discipline which addresses the relationship and interactions between software and hardware in solving real engineering problems. This includes such diverse areas as: biomedical devices, home automation, games and toys, environmental controls, automobile control systems and intelligent vehicle highway systems, industrial robotics, voice/speech recognition, computer intelligence, networking, and wireless communications.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Computer Science: Computers are ubiquitous in modern life. In addition to high-tech machines like aircraft and medical imaging systems, everyday devices as diverse as automobiles, vending machines, refrigerators, and videogame consoles now contain some type of computer. Computers help design our highways, bridges, pharmaceuticals, electronic circuits, and buildings; handle banking, stock trading, and other financial transactions; assist in management decisions; control communications, utilities, and manufacturing processes; and analyze farm production.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Construction Engineering & Management: Graduates of the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) degree program design and manage construction processes that create living and working environments and the constructed infrastructure serving public needs.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Criminology: Criminology provides a general background in the causes of crime and the agencies of criminal justice. Specific areas covered include dealing with deviance, juvenile delinquency, the court system, and correctional facilities. Students can prepare for careers in the court systems, prevention, and correction agencies.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Design Studies: The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design Studies is a non-studio, liberal arts program that provides an interdisciplinary orientation to the history and theory of the design disciplines, material culture and design thinking. Design Studies focuses on the properties of objects and environments as reflections of the social, historical, technological and physical contexts in which they are produced. It presents the formative role of design in shaping human values and experiences.
    College: College of Design
  • Economics: Our undergraduate Economics degrees provide a broad education in the liberal arts with a specialization in economic theory and application. Students can choose the Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree, which emphasizes liberal arts courses, or the Bachelor of Science in Economics, which provides training in the analytical methods as well as a body of knowledge of economics. Both programs are flexible, and students can easily pursue an economics degree and a second degree with careful planning.
    College: Poole College of Management
  • Electrical Engineering: The electronics age has been with us for many years now, and many of the new products you continue to see as a result of this age are created by electrical engineers. Electrical engineers perform jobs such as developing new ways of making microchips, designing communications systems, using lasers and robots to solve problems, running our nations electric power distribution and telecommunications infrastructure, and designing products such as automobile control systems, cellular phones, and biomedical devices.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Elementary Education: Elementary school teachers teach academic, social, and motor skills to students in public and private schools. They develop teaching outlines and lesson plans, give lectures, facilitate discussions and activities, keep class attendance records, assign homework and evaluate student progress. They counsel students when adjustment and academic problems arise, and discuss pupils' academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents.
    College: College of Education
  • English: An English major develops both analytical and creative approaches to language, literature, writing, and culture. Students in English courses hone logical and critical thinking as well as interpretive and expressive skills by focusing on the comprehension, interpretation and creation of texts in a variety of forms: written, electronic, and cinematic. In English courses, students write poems, stories, and screenplays as well as book and film reviews, short analytical essays, and longer research papers.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • English, Teacher Education Option: Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills. A general description of teacher work activities includes: planning courses, instructing students; interacting with parents and administration; and keeping up with developments in the field.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Environmental Engineering: Rapidly developing technology and an increasing population are creating growing concerns for the impact of human activity on the environment. Environmental engineering is a discipline that addresses these concerns by seeking engineered solutions to environmental problems. These problems are frequently very complex and require a multidisciplinary approach.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Environmental Science: The Environmental Science major focuses on the understanding of environmental systems and earth processes, human impact on the environment, and connecting sound scientific understanding to environmental policies.
    College: Division of Academic & Student Affairs
  • Environmental Technology & Management: Environmental Technology is an emerging field that is science based but also requires understandings of environmental policy, law regulations, hazardous materials management, and environmental management systems. The curriculum integrates biological/chemical mechanisms of environmental processes with monitoring, assessment, management, and communication. The major includes hands-on experience to monitor, analyze, assess, and communicate environmental changes in air, water, soil/sediment, flora, and fauna.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Extension Education: Extension Education focuses on teaching others how to apply agricultural research. Students in this major enjoy working with people and have a broad understanding of agriculture. Extension Education prepares students for multiple professional environments including agricultural education, Cooperative Extension, and agricultural communications. Students learn how to participate effectively in planning, promoting, an initiating educational programs in agriculture. There are two concentration options for students to consider.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Fashion and Textile Design provides students with the opportunity to get design experience as well as exposure to the technical side of fabric production.  Here are some reasons that the department wants you to consider exploring this major:
    College: College of Textiles
  • Fashion & Textile Management: Graduates of the Fashion and Textile Management program at NCSU are broadly educated in the physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences with a focus on Fashion and Textile Management that prepares students for leadership roles in industry and government. You will choose a specialty,like fashion, branding, or retail,and study every aspect of the textile and apparel business related to this specialty. Add that to the hands on experience with internships and in class projects and you will have a solid understanding of the industry,from fiber to finished product!
    College: College of Textiles
  • Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology: Fisheries and Wildlife address basic and applied questions about fish and wildlife ecology, habitat use, conservation, production, harvest, and interactions with people, on scales ranging from individual organisms to ecosystems. Students develop and employ original approaches in quantitative analysis, experimental design, field studies, modeling and genetic techniques.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Food Science: Food Science is the combined study of science and engineering to process, evaluate, package and distribute food. Students in this major study the chemical, biological, microbiological, nutritional, engineering and economic aspects of food. It is the application of principles from diverse scientific disciplines to develop new methods of processing, packaging, and distributing food. Food scientists seek to improve food flavor, color, texture, nutritional vale, safety, and cost through an understanding of the basic sciences.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Forest Management: If your interests are in science, working outdoors, the environment, and people, then Forest Management may be the program for you. Forest Management is the science of balancing the needs of humans with the natural cycles of forests. It combines state-of-the-art technology with hands on fieldwork. From measuring and monitoring forests with global positioning systems to working with community groups to fighting forest fires, foresters use their knowledge of science, economics, and technology to assess the status and availability of our forest resources.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • French Language & Literature: The continuous expansion of international relations makes the knowledge of foreign languages a critical need for todays professional. Students of foreign languages pursue careers not only in education, research, translating, and interpreting, but also in politics, diplomacy, banking, computer technology, software development, commerce, and journalism to name a few. The demand for multilingual personnel extends to all fields of enterprise and is continuing to grow. Students who major in foreign languages may go on to graduate school, teach, or study law, medicine, or business.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • French Language & Literature: Teacher Education Option: The French Language & Literture major with the Teacher Education option prepares students to take their knowledge of the French language and culture and apply it to a classroom setting.  (See French major for more information)
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Genetics: Genetics is the science of inherited biological traits. Geneticists study genetic and environmental factors relevant to human health and disease, how the expression and function of genes regulate biological processes and development, and how genetic processes affect genetic variation in populations. Geneticists also develop new approaches for the management, analysis and modeling of large, complex sets of genetic data. The undergraduate major provides classroom and laboratory experience in the major sub-disciplines of genetics.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Geology: Geology is the study of the earth; individuals who work in the field study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. By using sophisticated instruments and analyses of the earth and water, geoscientists study the geologic past and present of the earth in order to make predictions about its future.  Geology is a broad and interdisciplinary field that encompasses other disciplines such as biology, chemistry, math, and physics.  Answer some
    College: College of Sciences
  • German Studies: Perhaps you admire the culture. Or the country. Or the way the language sounds. Fair enough. But when it comes to your career, you need to choose a major that will help you get where you need to be. Luckily, German Studies fits the bill. Whether you choose to focus solely on German Studies or combine it with another major, you can build a solid career in practically any field:
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Graphic Design: Simply put, graphic designers give meaningful visual form to content in all media: from print to screen; business cards to billboards; computer interfaces to movie screens. But the most critical skill graphic designers offer is their unique ability to communicate specific messages through the artful manipulation of typography and images, systems and structures. Their work promotes, educates, directs, informs, exposes, clarifies, beautifies and delights.
    College: College of Design
  • History: In an ever-changing world, understanding our history becomes all the more necessary. It brings us a sense of the complexity and contingency of events. It provides us with rich and diverse perspectives. It informs us about the prevalence of unintended consequences. History creates connections between nations, cultures, and economic realities and encourages one to examine events and change using careful analysis.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • History-Teacher Education Option: In an ever-changing world, understanding our history becomes all the more necessary. It brings us a sense of the complexity and contingency of events. It provides us with rich and diverse perspectives. It informs us about the prevalence of unintended consequences. History creates connections between nations, cultures, and economic realities and encourages one to examine events and change using careful analysis.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Horticultural Science: Horticulture is an exciting segment of agriculture that is growing ever more popular in the global economy. Horticultural Science uses all the tools of modern science to investigate the complex growth and developmental responses of horticultural crops and to develop solutions for problems confronting the horticulture industry. The North Carolina climate is conducive to the production and use of a wide variety of horticultural crops and services.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Industrial Design: The Department of Industrial Design is one of the top professional programs in this discipline in the country. The program offers bachelor and master degrees accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Industrial Design faculty have joined NC State University from prestigious institutions around the world, each bringing years of experience in design, research, innovation, and education.
    College: College of Design
  • Industrial Engineering: Whether an industrial and systems engineer pinpoints the best package-delivery schedule or designs a workstation that will improve workflow and efficiency, it's all about saving time and money. You'll analyze how people, machines and facilities work together to create efficient systems that produce goods and services. A health systems engineering concentration is available for students interested in making health care more organized, efficient and cost-effective.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Self Design : The self-designed major program exists to allow undergraduate students to design a major in an area of academic interest that crosses disciplinary boundaries.  Admission to the self-designed major program is by application only. The first step for the student who wishes to enter the program is to identify a faculty adviser. This adviser will assist the student to develop an academically sound major in an interdisciplinary area. If the student is not able to identify a major adviser, Ms.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • International Studies: In today’s globally connected community, people are now more than ever joined together in a world of possibilities and challenges. In every facet of our individual and collective lives we shape this world just as we are deeply influenced by what transpires in its furthest corners. International Studies (IS) is an interdisciplinary program at NC State University that prepares graduates to embrace a world where global linkages exist alongside boundaries and separations.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Leadership in the Public Sector: The Leadership in the Public Sector on-line degree completion program focuses on providing non-traditional studentswith a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective leaders in public sector organizations.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Marine Sciences: Marine science is a field that studies various aspects of oceans as well as coastal or inland waters to explore interaction of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences. Some of the specialties can include marine physics, chemical oceanography, marine meteorology, geological oceanography, biological oceanography and others.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Materials Science & Engineering: Materials are everywhere! That's why materials engineers are essential in many job fields:  Energy, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, Semiconductors, Advanced Textiles, Aircraft and Automative...and the list goes on.  In addition to learning mathematical, scientific, communication, and problem-solving fundamentals, students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will also elect to take core courses covering topics such as nanomaterials, biomaterials, materials forensics, nuclear materials, netallics, ceramics, and microelectronics.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Mathematics Education: Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills. A general description of teacher work activities includes: planning courses, instructing students, interacting with parents and administration, and keeping up with developments in the field.
    College: College of Education
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics: Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. The work of mathematicians falls into two broad classes-theoretical (pure) mathematics and applied mathematics. These classes, however, are not sharply defined, and often overlap.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineering involves practical application of mechanical and thermal sciences to research, design, develop, test, and manufacture a wide variety of products. The diverse areas to which mechanical engineers contribute include transportation, power generation and energy conversion, environmental control and pollution abatement, noise control, and biomechanics. Recent developments have increased interest in such areas as robotics, mechatronics, precision engineering, automated manufacturing systems, combustion, and propulsion.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering-Offered at UNC-Asheville: This is a joint program with N.C. State University and UNC-Asheville and is offered only on the campus of UNC-Asheveille.  N.C. State University students who are interested in this program would need to apply as transfer students to UNC-Asheville.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Meteorology: Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere-the blanket of air covering the earth. Meteorologists study the atmosphere: physical characteristics, motions, and processes, and the way it affects the rest of our environment. The most popular application of this knowledge is in forecasting the weather.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Microbiology: Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and protozoa.  Courses in the major include the study of the growth and development, physiology, classification, ecology, genetics and other aspects of the life processes of an array of microscopic, generally single celled, organisms and viruses.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Middle Grades Education-Language Arts & Social Studies:    
    College: College of Education
  • Natural Resources: Economics & Management, Soil Resources, Soil & Water Systems: Natural resources include our soil, water, air, minerals, flora, fauna and people. Wise use or improvement of natural resources for the benefit of society is the goal of resource management. Managing natural resource for the sustained benefit of society requires knowledge of soils, hydrology, geology, plant and animal life, as well as resource policy, economics and environmental law.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Natural Resources: Concentration in Ecosystem, Concentration in Policy & Administration: Would you like to help solve environmental problems? Manage natural resources? The Natural Resources major enables a student to get hands on, practical experience with actual management of natural resources. The degree provides a comprehensive science based program covering the principles and knowledge needed to measure and monitor the status of natural resources and the environment. The Natural Resources concentration is an interdepartmental degree program. Majors can focus on either Ecosystem Assessment or Policy and Administration.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources: Marine & Coastal Resources: Understanding our marine and coastal environment is key to its protection as well as resource for our state. Students who pursue this major get a broad background in the physical sciences as well as courses that focus on the management of these resources.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Nuclear Engineering: Nuclear engineers are in high demand. Utility companies, government energy and defense agencies, national laboratories, nuclear plant designing firms and other private companies employ our graduates. They tackle issues in consumer and industrial power, space exploration, water supply, food supply safety, health and transportation.
    College: College of Engineering
  • Nutrition Science: Health professionals in many fields need a good understanding of nutrition because of the key role that diet plays in the prevention, development, and treatment of most major diseases. Nutrition science examines the ways in which what we eat affects our physical and even our psychological well-being, determining optimal intake of individual nutrients, specific foods, and food groups. Nutritionists provide guidance in how much and what we should be eating. They also explain as well as study the relationships between diet and health.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Paper Science & Engineering: Housed dually in Engineering and the Department of Wood and Paper Science. Paper Science & Engineering combines elements of chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental science, and business management. Students are exposed to science, engineering, and cutting edge technology in a curriculum that emphasizes finding solutions to real world problems and learning how to develop futuristic products and environmentally friendly processes. It is the top rated program of its kind in the nation. 
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management: Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management specializes in the planning and management of parks, recreation and sport areas and facilities, tourism attractions and leisure activities in a range of environments for all ages and lifestyles. There are three concentrations available: Program Management, Park & Natural Resource Recreation, and Tourism & Commercial Recreation Management.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Philosophy: Philosophy is a field of inquiry that aims to advance our understanding of ourselves and of the nature of reality, mind, knowledge and morality. It is concerned with fundamental questions about such topics, and it critically investigates what other disciplines, and other human activities, take for granted. The study of Philosophy helps students to develop their capacity to understand, criticize and construct arguments, to analyze and solve problems, and to elaborate their ideas and present them in a clear, coherent and well-organized form.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Physics: Physics provides the conceptual skeleton built on by the other sciences and engineering. Energy, mass, momentum, forces, fields; these ideas form the basis of physical reality. The physicist is trained to see to the heart of a problem, to strip through layers of complexity to basic principles with insight and rigor. These skills can be as useful in a law office or a boardroom as in a laboratory.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Plant Biology: From microscopic algae to giant sequoia trees, plants are critical for sustaining life on Earth. Through the study of these organisms, plant biologists play a unique and major role in providing us with more and better foods, in helping to characterize and preserve the quality of our environment, and in learning more about plants and how they can be used to make life more enjoyable.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Plant and Soil Sciences: Plant and Soil Sciences deals with field-crop production and soil management. It is the development and practical application of plant and soil sciences to produce abundant, high-quality food, feed, and fiber crops.  There are six concentrations that students can choose from:
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Political Science: Political science examines politics, governments, and the political process. Students who pursue this major study the political behavior of people to better understand why they behave as they do and in order to predict future behaviors. Majors in political science benefit from the proximity of the NCSU campus to the state general assembly, executive offices, government agencies, party headquarters, political consulting firms, political and public policy think tanks, and advocacy organizations.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Polymer & Color Chemistry: In the Polymer and Color Chemistry program students learn core physical science subjects yet focus in one of a number of important applied chemistry related fields. The Polymer and Color Chemistry program is unique in North America in that it addresses the science and technology of the fascinating fields of polymers and color chemistry. As such, our program is highly relevant to many chemical, retail, and textile industries, as well as environmental and medical science.
    College: College of Textiles
  • Poultry Science: Poultry Science teaches people how to raise and manage healthy chickens, turkeys, and ducks for eggs or meat. Students learn to apply principles of biology and chemistry to improve productivity. They study animal nutrition and food science. In addition to providing an excellent source of nutritious food, poultry research has also made significant contributions to our understanding of many basic principles of biology.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Professional Golf Managment : N.C. State is one of a select few Universities across the United States to offer a PGA of America accredited degree program. There are a number of requirements for students to be admitted to the major (see "How do I change my major?");  all applicants interested in the PGM program must submit a golf handicap of twelve (12) or less verified by a United States Golf Association (USGA handicap) Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) golf professional, or high school golf coach or has successfully passed the Player Ability Test (PAT).
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Psychology: Psychology is one of the basic majors in liberal arts and sciences. It is a science that studies human behaviors and interactions and is suitable for those students who wish to study psychology in order to learn principles of human behavior. This program is oriented toward the student who wants a broad understanding of the types of problems with which psychology is concerned and the ways in which professionals in the field of psychology approach and attempt to solve these problems.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Religious Studies: Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry which investigates the religious traditions of humans, in all their historical, cultural, and doctrinal complexity.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology & Society: Science, Technology & Society is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to explore and understand the many ways that modern science and technology shape modern culture, values, and institutions, and how modern values shape science and technology. We all depend heavily upon science and technology, and STS studies show how science and technology emerge, how they enter society, how they change through social processes, and how society changes, as well.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Science Education: Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning, a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking, an understanding of the human development process, and professional skills. A general description of teacher work activities includes: planning courses, instructing students, interacting with parents and administration, and keeping up with developments in the field.
    College: College of Education
  • Social Work: The Social Work curriculum is based in the liberal arts and incorporates a professional foundation that includes social work practice, human behavior and diversity, community social services, social policy, and research methods. Optional courses offer opportunities for in-depth study in various social work practice areas such as child welfare, health care, substance abuse, African American families, and school social work. Students complete pre-professional placements and a 480-hour field placement in a social service setting.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sociology: Sociology is the examination of social interactions of people in groups and the causes and consequences of the human behavior within the groups. Sociologists explore the complexities of the structure and dynamics of social systems among cultures and societies. Sociology is an excellent major for individuals fascinated by groups and the social behavior of people. Students will have the opportunity to study race relations, gender, social class, religion, and ethnic background.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Spanish Language & Literature-Teacher Education: Before you teach, you learn. That's what the B.A. with a Concentration in Teacher Education for French and Spanish is all about.  From coursework to workshops to licensure requirements, you will be guided through the necessary steps so you can go from learning in a classroom to leading one.  Adding the Teacher Education Concentration will not only help you earn a license to teach K-12 French and Spanish in North Carolina schools, but can open doorways to other careers as well.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Spanish Language and Literature: We live in a world where speaking one language sometimes isn’t enough. Today’s professionals need to be able to communicate on a global level. That’s why mastering Spanish could be one of the smartest moves you make. At NC State, we understand that not all students are alike. Some might want to become teachers, others have their sights set on becoming business executives or architects and want to supplement their skills with a Spanish double major or minor.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sport Management: Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management's Sport Management degree prepares students for positions within all sectors of the sports industry, including professional organizations, college athletics and recreation, are covered.  Faculty focus on providing students with the skills, confidence and practical experience needed to design and manage all aspects of sport, including programming, planning, finance, facilities, risk and liability management, sport tourism and understanding the economic impact of sports.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Statistics: Statistics is the body of scientific methodology that deals with the logic of experiment and survey design, the efficient collection and presentation of quantitative information, and the formulations of valid and reliable inferences from sample data. Statisticians often work in conjunction with professionals from fields as biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports.
    College: College of Sciences
  • Sustainable Technology & Materials-New Major!: The Sustainable Materials & Technology major prepares students for 21st.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Technology, Engineering & Design Education: Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning, a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking, an understanding of the human development process, and professional skills. A general description of teacher work activities includes: planning courses, instructing students, interacting with parents and administration, and keeping up with developments in the field.
    College: College of Education
  • Textile Engineering: Who is a Textile Engineer? A textile engineer is someone who...
    College: College of Textiles
  • Textile Technology: Textile Technology is a comprehensive academic program that prepares students for careers in the new global business environment in design, development and manufacture of products in a variety of applications such as aerospace, medicine, architecture, automotive, apparel, sports and many others.
    College: College of Textiles
  • Turfgrass Science: North Carolina has a diverse turfgrass industry totaling 2,007,100 acres. Turfgrasses are maintained at single family dwellings, roadsides, parks, commercial properties, churches, golf courses, schools, airports, institutions and cemeteries.  The industry is a major economic force in North Carolina and is one that continues to grow.  It is a highly technical field that requires graduates to be knowledgable about the science and practices involved in cultivating and maintaining the various species of turfgrasses.
    College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Women's & Gender Studies: The Women's and Gender Studies major is for students interested in critically examining and reinterpreting existing data and common assumptions about gender and gender identity, in understanding the contributions made by women in various fields of endeavor, and in gaining insight into femnist theories and methodologies. The degree enables students to examine both women and men as they are affected by gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and national differences.
    College: College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Wood Products-See Sustainable Materials Technology major: Wood Products is a material science major based on the renewable natural resource, wood. Aspects studied include the anatomical, physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of wood. The Wood Products curriculum at NCSU is the only one of its kind in the state of NC and is one of only nine programs in North America accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology to offer a bachelor of science degree in Wood Products.
    College: College of Natural Resources
  • Zoology: Zoology is the study of animals, and zoology majors are broadly educated in the biology of animals. Required courses are designed to develop breadth and depth in core areas, providing a strong base for all Zoology majors. Students acquire a knowledge of zoology from the organizational level of molecules and cells to the organizational level of ecosystems, with flexibility in the selection of upper level courses to then specialize or remain generalized, according to individual interests and career goals. The B.S. in Zoology differs from the B. S.
    College: College of Sciences

Please note: the list of majors is provided by the Majors and Careers website.