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Undergraduate Majors

The information below highlights interdisciplinary undergraduate majors at the University of Minnesota. To view a complete list of all undergraduate majors, please see the catalogs for each campus.



Twin Cities

Applied Plant Sciences (BS)

APS students obtain a strong foundation in science through courses in biology, chemistry, genetics, and ecology and can choose between in-depth knowledge in a specific area of interest (taking additional courses in a scientific discipline, for example) or a broad understanding in multiple areas of interest (combining courses in biology and food science, for example). 

Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BS)

From biofuels and renewable energy to systems for green building, solutions to improve water and air quality, and safe and healthier foods, BBE offers a wide range of opportunities to prepare students for careers that address society’s growing material and energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Biology, Society and Environment (BA)

Students in this program receive comprehensive training in biology combined with an in-depth examination of the relevance of biology to social and environmental problems. Students complete coursework in the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (BS)

Ecologists study the relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environments, examining the effects of population size, pollutants, rainfall, temperature and altitude.  Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, ecologists may collect, study and report data on the quality of air, food, soil and water.  A primary concern of ecologists is to study and attempt to find solutions for disruptions in various ecosystems. 

Environmental Design (B.E.D.)

Landscape architecture focuses on issues of land use and creating a future that provides a quality lifestyle in a quality environment for an ever-increasing human population. In dealing with these issues, landscape architects integrate the design, planning and management of the landscape to create outdoor environments that sustain ecological function; fulfill human aspirations for community development, public health, and safety; and are artistically evocative and meaningful.

Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (BS)

An environmental sciences, policy and management major prepares you for a career working to protect and sustain natural resources such as land, water and air. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop a specific area of environmental expertise across the environmental sciences and policy spectrum by allowing students to select a specialized track within the major.

Fisheries and Wildlife (BS)

The fisheries and wildlife major provides students with a broad science background emphasizing biological and environmental sciences and other course work needed for careers in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology, and other natural resource and environmental fields. 

Forest Resources (BS)

The forest resources major has three available tracks for students: forest conservation and ecosystem management; forest management and planning; and urban and community forestry.

Geography (BA, BS)

There are several main areas of study available to undergraduate geography majors. Students may focus on one of these geography tracks or design a hybrid track that combines interests from more than one area: Urban Studies (BA, BS); Biology, Society, and Environment (ES) (BA); Geography (BA); and Geography (BS).

Recreation Resource Management (BS)

The recreation resource management degree program is facilitated by the Department of Forest Resources. There are two tracks available to students interested in pursuing this degree: recreation resource management and resource based tourism.



Natural Resources (BS)

UMC's bachelor of science in natural resources provides an integrated approach to soil and water conservation, wildlife and fisheries management, forestry, and recreation. This combination enables graduates to work with a variety of resources and people and to build a career tailored to their interests.



Environmental Sciences (BS)

The BS in environmental science is designed for students who want a multidisciplinary science education focusing on aspects of the environment. This environmental science program requires a broad base of knowledge in the basic sciences and mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, and statistics. In addition, prudent study of environmental science requires understanding of economic, political and ethical considerations.

Recreation and Outdoor Education (BASc.)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc.) in recreation - outdoor education is awarded by the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. This program prepares students for professional careers in outdoor education, allowing them to work in nonformal outdoor education settings such as nature centers; city, state or national parks; or college outdoor programs, or for commercial agencies.



Environmental Science (BA)

This major is for students interested in an interdisciplinary science education that prepares them to deal with environmental challenges. The basic natural resources of land, air, and water are studied in the context of protecting and sustaining the environment. Students become knowledgeable about environmental issues and applied environmental science.

Racing the Sun

Solar Vehicle

The Solar Vehicle project includes as many as 50 undergrad students from a variety of disciplines across the University. Students involved with the project have participated in races across the U.S. and Canada while learning about solar energy technologies.