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The University of Minnesota is a world-class research university, offering over 130 majors. These majors and areas of study are divided into several colleges. As a freshman, you may be admitted to one of the freshman-admitting colleges listed below. (If you would like advice about which college is best for you, please contact us.)
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics (CSE)
African American and African Studies* (CLA)
American Indian Studies (CLA)
American Studies (CLA)
Animal Science* (CFANS)
Apparel Design (CDes)
Art History (CLA)
Asian Languages and Literatures* (CLA)
Astrophysics (CSE, CLA)
Biblical Studies (CLA)
Biology, Society & Environment (CLA)
Biomedical Engineering (CSE)
Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering* (CSE & CFANS)
-Agricultural and Food Business Management* (joint program CFANS & CSOM)
-Agricultural Industries and Marketing* (CFANS)
-Applied Economics* (CFANS)
-Bioproducts Marketing & Management* (CFANS)
-Business and Marketing Education (CEHD)
-Entrepreneurial Management (CSOM)
-Finance and Risk Management Insurance (CSOM)
-Human Resource Development (CEHD)
-Human Resources & Industrial Relations (CSOM)
-International Business (CSOM co-major)
-Management Information Systems (CSOM)
-Public & Nonprofit Management (CSOM)
-Retail Merchandising* (CDes)
-Sport Management* (CEHD)
-Supply Chain and Operations Management (CSOM)
Chemical Engineering* (CSE)
Chemistry* (CSE, CLA)
Chicano-Latino Studies (CLA)
Child Psychology (joint program CLA & CEHD)
Cinema & Media Culture, Studies in (CLA)
Civil Engineering (CSE)
Communication Studies (CLA)
Computer Engineering (CSE)
Computer Science (CSE, CLA)
Construction and Facility Management*2 (CCE)
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature* (CLA)
Dental Hygiene2 (DENT)
Earth Sciences (CSE, CLA)
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (CBS)
-Agricultural Education* (CFANS)
-Early Childhood Education Foundations (CEHD)
-Elementary Education Foundations (CEHD)
-Special Education Foundations (CEHD)
Electrical Engineering* (CSE)
Environmental Engineering (CSE)
Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management* (CFANS)
Family Social Science (pathway to Social Work) (CEHD)
Fisheries & Wildlife* (CFANS)
Food Science (CFANS)
Food Systems (CFANS)
Forest and Natural Resource Management* (CFANS)
French and Italian Studies (CLA)
French Studies (CLA)
Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (CLA)
Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (CBS)
German, Scandinavian and Dutch Studies* (CLA)
Global Studies (CLA)
Graphic Design (CDes)
Health Services Management (CCE)
Individualized Studies, Bachelor of (CLA)
Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major (CLA)
Industrial & Systems Engineering (CSE)
Information Technology Infrastructure*2 (CCE)
Inter-College Program*2 (CCE)
Interior Design (CDes)
Italian Studies (CLA)
Jewish Studies (CLA)
Landscape Design and Planning* (CDes)
Manufacturing Operations Management*2 (CCE)
Materials Science & Engineering (CSE)
Mathematics* (CSE, CLA)
Mechanical Engineering* (CSE)
Medical Laboratory Sciences2 - formerly Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CAHP)
Mortuary Science2 (MED)
Multidisciplinary Studies*2 (CCE)
Music Education4 (CLA)
Music Performance4 (CLA)
Music Therapy4 (CLA)
Nursing: Freshman Nursing Guarantee (CLA)
Physics* (CSE, CLA)
Plant Biology (CBS)
Plant Science (CFANS)
Political Science* (CLA)
Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies* (CEHD)
Religious Studies (CLA)
Retail Merchandising* (CDes)
Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance (CLA)
Spanish and Portuguese Studies (CLA)
Spanish Studies (CLA)
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (CLA)
Statistics (CSE, CLA)
Technical Writing and Communication (CLA)
Theatre Arts (CLA)
Urban Studies* (CLA)
Youth Studies (CEHD)
1 Audition required. Call the Dept. of Theatre Arts at 612-625-7461 for details.
2 Upper division major (1-2 years completed college coursework required for admission).
3 Audition required. Call the Dance Program at 612-624-5060 for details.
Note: Majors and programs may change, merge, or move to different U of M colleges. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for up-to-date information.
Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted to one of the seven colleges listed below.
The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) offers majors in biochemistry; biology; ecology, evolution, and behavior; genetics, cell biology and development; microbiology; neuroscience; and plant biology. CBS is one of only three colleges in the nation devoted entirely to the study of biology. Through the relationships among biological disciplines, chemistry, and other physical sciences, students learn biology through examples and hands-on experiences that apply the scientific method to real-world problems. Most CBS graduates pursue graduate studies in the biological sciences or enter professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, and K-12 teaching. The remainder pursue employment as researchers at universities, biomedical and biotechnology companies, or in public service at non-profit or government agencies.
The College of Design (CDes), located in a major design metropolis and in one of the top research universities in the U.S., is at the forefront of the socially responsible design movement and a leader in sustainability. The faculty and students in the college seek to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments, with a focus on the interaction of people and their world.
The College of Design offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Apparel Design, Architecture, Housing Studies, Interior Design, and Retail Merchandising. In addition, the College offers a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design (B.E.D.) in Landscape Design and Planning.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers undergraduate and graduate study in a wide range of teaching, business and human development programs that rank among the very best in the nation. Some programs offer preparation for careers in business, government, and community settings, while others prepare students for preK-12 teaching licensure by the state of Minnesota. Students can choose from a wide range of options, such as kinesiology (the study of human movement), family social science (to prepare for careers in helping people and families), youth studies (to prepare to work with youth in community settings), business and human resource development (applying business and marketing knowledge to human resource issues), foundations of education (preparing for an early childhood or elementary teaching career), recreation, park and leisure studies (to prepare for careers in outdoor education or recreation management), and sport management (to prepare for careers in sports marketing/promotion or community sports programs).
Our unique approach to licensing provides future teachers with the tools they need to impact the lives of children, be prepared to effectively teach all students, and make a difference in the education system. Research and experience show that students who complete our programs are better prepared for the challenges of real-world classrooms and are more likely to succeed in their careers. Before entering a licensure program, applicants complete an undergraduate degree in an area that they want to teach (for example, mathematics in CSE or history in CLA). Explore the teaching profession.
Undergraduates can also get on a fast track to teaching licensure through the College's DirecTrack to Teaching program, which offers guaranteed admission to a licensure program, valuable exposure to the culture of teaching and schools, and access to a community of peers who also want to teach.
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) offers students an extraordinary education with 13 majors and 25 minors based in solution-driven science in the areas of food and nutrition, agriculture, environment, natural resources, business and education. Students can study agricultural and food business management; agricultural education; agricultural industries and marketing; animal science; applied economics; bioproducts marketing and management; environmental sciences, policy and management; fisheries and wildlife; food science; food systems; forest and natural resource management; nutrition; plant science; pre-bioproducts and biosystems engineering; pre-veterinary medicine; pre-medicine or dentistry, and related disciplines. CFANS has a long tradition of educating future leaders who understand the delicate balance of production and conservation. Students learn from faculty who use critical and innovative thinking, plus all the tools of the arts and sciences, to solve everyday problems and make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment. The College's nationally recognized programs, hands-on learning, small-college feel, and broad array of internship and research opportunities provide students with the education and experience they need for successful careers in private businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, or for graduate study.
The College of Liberal Arts prepares leaders: informed and original thinkers who are effective in their careers, engaged citizens of their communities and the world, capable of creating meaning in their own lives. Graduates succeed in a broad array of careers--law, health care, medicine, business, government, teaching, public relations and marketing, arts and entertainment, international relations--and more.
CLA offers more than 60 majors in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Many departments rank among the best in the nation and have internationally renowned faculty. CLA is an international community with students from around the world; it is one of the nation's strongest centers for the study of world languages and cultures.
Students benefit from an exciting, intellectually charged environment at one of the world's top-ranked, resource-rich, research universities. And the Twin Cities, which are economically strong, diverse, and culturally rich, offer premier creative, research, and internship opportunities.
The Carlson School Undergraduate program enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and offers 10 majors. The student experience is enhanced through a required international experience, frequent interactions with the business community and internship and mentorship opportunities. Through its focus on building strong communication, leadership, and teamwork skills, the undergraduate program prepares students to compete and succeed in a quickly-changing global business environment.
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) offers 18 bachelor's degree programs, including 10 engineering specialties, astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Its programs are ranked among the best in this country. Admission is selective; to be successful, students should have strong science and mathematics aptitude. More than 150 companies recruit CSE students each year, and long-range career opportunities are good to excellent.
1-2 years completed college coursework required for admission.
If you are interested in one of the following programs, please contact the Office of Admissions for advice regarding which freshman-admitting college(s) will help you prepare for admission after your freshman or sophomore year.
The College of Continuing Education (CCE) offers individualized, applied, and professional programs for a wide range of student populations, including a bachelor's degree completion program (see Multidisciplinary Studies [MdS].) While not a freshman-admitting college, CCE offers bachelor's degrees to upper division students in the following areas:
Additionally, CCE offers evening and online and distance-education courses, as well as certificate programs and numerous professional development and personal enrichment non-credit courses. To get started exploring the wide range of options in CCE, click here.
Clinical Laboratory Sciences - formerly medical technology (Center for Allied Health Programs)
The Center for Allied Health Programs offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, which includes a liberal arts education, a thorough grounding in the physical sciences, and clinical experiences in various laboratories. Students are admitted to the CLS program after completing the prerequisites, submitting the CLS online application and either a Change of College request or application for U of M admission. Admission is once a year for the upcoming fall semester and requires an interview and skills assessment. The Program in CLS admits students to both year 3 and year 4. Students entering year 4 are assigned to one of two performance sites upon admission, which are located in Minneapolis and Rochester, MN. Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to practice.
Dental Hygiene (School of Dentistry)
The Program in Dental Hygiene was established at the University of Minnesota in 1919 and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. It is the only dental hygiene program in Minnesota that grants a bachelor of science degree and is affiliated with a school of dentistry. The program offers students a rigorous didactic and clinical education alongside dental and dental therapy students with whom they will work after graduation. In addition, the program blends a solid dental hygiene clinical education with the biological, behavioral, and social sciences as well as the liberal arts. Students enter the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program after completing one year of prerequisite college coursework.
Mortuary Science (Medical School)
Established in 1908, the Program of Mortuary Science is the only program of its kind to offer a bachelor of science degree in affiliation with a medical college. Coursework includes basic and behavioral sciences, and is enhanced by extensive, clinically based field placement activities. Graduates are academically credentialed to seek employment as funeral service practitioners in all 50 states as well as abroad. Additionally, students also pursue this degree as a starting point for graduate work in fields including medicine, psychology, sociology, theology, education, and forensic science.
Nursing (School of Nursing)
Established in 1909 as the first nursing school on a university campus in the United States, the School is recognized as one of the best in the field.
Continuing its tradition of preparing leaders in the profession of nursing, the school offers a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) as a foundation for professional practice, along with a professional Master's program. Both programs are prelicensure programs leading to eligibility to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.
The four-year B.S.N. program consists of one year of prerequisite courses and a three-year nursing sequence. Students are admitted to the nursing program after completing the prerequisites and applying to the program in a two-part process. Admission is once a year for the upcoming fall semester. The program has a full-time, day school curriculum and is offered in two locations, the Twin Cities and Rochester, MN. Admission is competitive.
There is also a Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program. Incoming freshman selected for participation in this program are guaranteed admission to the Nursing program for the sophomore year.
(Bachelor's degree generally required for admission)
To qualify for admission to these programs, you generally may choose any undergraduate major. In many cases, you will be required to complete designated prerequisite coursework. Advisers in these colleges and other student service centers, such as the University's Health Careers Center, will assist you in your preparation for application to these programs. If you have questions about any of these programs or would like advice regarding which freshman-admitting college(s) will best help you prepare for future admission to these programs, please contact us.
Architecture (professional architecture program is master's level)
Continuing Education (Master of Liberal Studies (MLS), Master of Biological Sciences (MBS), and Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Arts and Cultural Leadership and Horticulture).
Continuing Education master's programs are interdisciplinary in nature and most require an applied learning approach.
Dental Hygiene (the School of Dentistry offers a bachelor's and master's program in dental hygiene)
Dental Therapy (the School of Dentistry offers a master's program in dental therapy)
Dentistry (the School of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Surgery program)
Education and Human Development-M.Ed./initial licensure programs in the following areas:
Agricultural, Art, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary, English, Health, Mathematics, Physical, Science, Second Languages and Cultures/ESL, Social Studies, and Special Education. Explore the teaching profession.
Most teaching licensure programs require a bachelor's degree for entry. Approximately three semesters of post-bachelor's study (including student teaching) are required to prepare for teacher licensure. Undergraduates can get on a fast track to teaching licensure through the CEHD's DirecTrack to Teaching program, which offers early admission to licensure programs and valuable exposure to the culture of teaching and schools.)
Graduate School (master's or doctoral level)
Landscape Architecture (professional landscape architecture program is master's level)
The School of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level programs. Students may apply to the School of Nursing at the end of their freshman year. Freshman applicants interested in nursing should select the pre-nursing major in the College of Liberal Arts.
Occupational Therapy (master's level)
Veterinary Medicine (an early decision program for students interested in a career in food-animal veterinary medicine is available)