The University of Minnesota's 150 majors are offered within seven freshman-admitting and five upper-division colleges. Your college is your home within the University, where you will belong to a close-knit community of classmates, professors, and advisers.
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, 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. Students receive extensive hands on design experience both in and outside of the classroom collaborating with industry through projects, internships and mentor opportunities.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers degrees focused on a shared desire to positively impact people's lives. CEHD offers the following majors in these areas:
Human Services: Focus your desire to help others into a rewarding career.
Recreation, Sport, and Fitness: Use leisure and wellness to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.
Organizational Leadership and Development: Prepare for leadership, sales and marketing, or administrative positions by developing the skills you will need for a career in a variety of organizations.
Education: Our teacher education programs prepare you to be an expert in your field and an effective teacher. The program length varies depending on the subject area you are interested in teaching.
The following undergraduate majors in CEHD lead to a bachelor's degree and offer a direct path to our graduate-level teaching programs:
The following undergraduate major in CEHD leads to a bachelor's degree and license:
If you are interested in teaching middle or high school students, in subjects such as English or math, visit teach.umn.edu for more information on how to prepare for these graduate-level programs. Also consider the DirecTrack to Teaching program, which gives you a head start in exploring the culture of teaching and schools, and provides an early admission decision to the graduate teaching program. Visit cehd.umn.edu/direct for more information. Teaching licensure programs are also offered at the undergraduate level for the following programs: Agricultural Education (in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences [CFANS]) and Music Education (in the College of Liberal Arts [CLA]). Please refer to CFANS or CLA for more information on these programs.
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 connects undergraduate students to prestigious faculty and to real-world, real-time innovation. Our 68 majors in the social and natural sciences, arts, and humanities, and more than 1500 courses, offer students the opportunity to explore the human experience: our histories, cultures, languages, and selves. As members of the most comprehensive college in a top-ranked research university, our students create knowledge and acquire diverse skills and perspectives.
CLA is a community of scholars. Beginning in the first year, our outstanding students can participate in world-class research opportunities, getting hands on experience in their fields. The Twin Cities are an epicenter for arts, culture, business, and technology; our students bring the classroom into the city via internships at Fortune 500 companies, cutting-edge research firms, thriving non-profit organizations, national and internationally known arts organizations, and state and local government. Students can also make an impact on the community and develop leadership skills by participating in service learning courses. Students prepare to be leaders on a global stage by taking advantage of rich study abroad options that offer 300 programs in over 80 countries.
The CLA experience is distinctive in its focus on a breadth of learning and diversity of choices. When you earn a liberal arts degree, you are preparing yourself for the careers of today and tomorrow; our 145,000 alums are a testimony to the value of skills in critical thinking, communication, and languages and global cultures. Our graduates are leaders with successful careers in medicine, the arts, government, law, business, and a wide range of entrepreneurial fields.
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 and non-profit communities 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 19 bachelor's degree programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including 12 engineering specialties, astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Its programs are ranked among the best in the nation. Admission is selective; to be successful, students should have strong science and mathematics aptitude. World-class faculty and research provide academic excellence, and exceptional student services prepares students for technical and scientific career opportunities. More than 250 companies recruit CSE students each year through on-campus, CSE-only career fairs for internships, co-ops, and full time employment.
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. Get started exploring the wide range of options in CCE.
Medical Laboratory Sciences - formerly Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Center for Allied Health Programs): The Center for Allied Health Programs offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical 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 MLS program after completing the prerequisites, submitting the MLS 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 MLS program 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. The MLS curriculum is delivered as a hybrid program, which allows the students access to online lectures, laboratory simulations and other course materials from home, as well as face-to-face instruction in state-of-the-art student laboratories. 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 after having successfully completed the prerequisites and maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.