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Agriculture and Natural Resources - Exploratory

On an overcast summer day, students pursuing a fisheries and wildlife degree stand around a cooler and examine a fish. 

Interested in an agriculture degree that supports food, health and the environment? 
In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students use the principles of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and creative design in the areas of agriculture: plants and animals; built environments: construction and design; human health: food and nutrition; and natural resources: sustainable environments. 
The agriculture and natural resources — exploratory major empowers students to declare a major for their first two years that allows them to experience all the college has to offer by exploring multiple academic paths. Choosing this major preference will connect incoming students with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources while providing an opportunity to take introductory courses to explore possible majors for an agriculture degree.


Careers in agriculture, food and natural resources offer some of the most abundant opportunities for Michigan's workforce. More than ever, several complex issues exist for agriculture and natural resources — and we need Spartans to help solve them! 

Alumni work at: 

  • Aramark Food Service
  • Cargill
  • City of Detroit
  • Conagra Brands
  • Ernst & Young
  • General Mills
  • Mars Inc.
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Monsanto
  • Neogen Corp.
  • U.S. Forest Service 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Alumni work as: 

  • Agribusiness/economics manager
  • Biosecurity/food security adviser 
  • Building contractor/project manager
  • Conservationist
  • Environmental designer/consultant 
  • Food processing manager
  • Landscape designer/architect
  • Packaging/structural designer
  • Plant/animal breeder and geneticist
  • Public policy maker
  • Turfgrass/sports complex manager
  • Water treatment scientist

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