Future Students

CANR students plant the ideas of the future in food, health and the environment. Spartans change the world.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) supports students from a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We help you on whatever education and career paths you choose.

Quick Facts

In the CANR are 20 majors, 17 minors and 14 certificate programs that live within 12 departments.

CANR Enrollment

  • Overall: 4,807
  • Undergraduate: 3,767
  • Graduate: 613
  • Institute of Agricultural Technology: 327

52% female | 48% male

11:1 student to faculty ratio

Careers & Alumni

  • CANR Career Placement: 91% placed, varies by major
  • CANR Alumni: More than 60,000

Student Life

CANR Clubs and Organizations: More than 50

CANR students received about $35,250 in scholarships for study abroad
Average award is $904 (16 percent higher than average MSU award)

In the Classroom & the Field

Every day in the CANR, our students use science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and creative design while taking on some of the world’s biggest challenges.


CANR students apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings through research, education abroad and professional internships. We manage a wide range of facilities offering many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research and outreach on campus and around the state, including:

  • 15 major research centers in Michigan
  • 12 on-campus teaching and research centers

Students examine a turf grass specimen with a magnifying glass.

Areas of Study

The CANR offers diverse areas of study including undergraduate majors and minors, graduate programs and 2-year certificate programs through the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Production Agriculture: Plants and Animals

  • Agribusiness Management
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education
    • Animal Science
    • Animal Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    • Animal Industries
    • Companion and Exotic Animal Biology
    • Production Animal Scholars
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Crop and Soil Science
    • Agronomic Science
    • Turfgrass Management
  • Entomology

MSU entomologist Deborah McCullough works with her students and staff during summer field work.

Natural Resources: Sustainable Environments

  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
    • Conservation Biology
    • Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management
    • Fisheries Biology and Management
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    • Water Science
    • Wildlife Biology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
    • Horticultural Science
    • Landscape Design, Construction and Management
    • Organic and Sustainable Horticulture
  • Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

 MSU professor Dan Hayes prepares students in his fisheries and wildlife lab for fish collection in the Red Cedar River.

Population Health: Food, Security & Nutrition

  • Dietetics
  • Food Industry Management
    • Food Science
    • Basic Food Science
    • Food Business and Industry
    • Food Packaging
    • Food Technology
  • Nutritional Sciences
    • Biomedical and Molecular Nutrition
    • Global Nutrition and Health
    • Public Health Nutrition

Students in a design workshop as part of the School of Planing, Design and Construction.

Built Environments: Construction, Interior Design & Packaging

  • Construction Management
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Packaging
    • Packaging Science
    • Packaging Value Chain Management
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