Students

Students

Home to 5,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, the College of Natural Science (NatSci) provides education and career opportunities through 28 departments and programs focused on the biological, physical and mathematical sciences.

It’s different at a research university. You don’t just learn about theories and discoveries in the classroom. Research not only gives you deep knowledge of a particular subject matter; it requires you to analyze, think critically, write coherently, problem solve, and manage and interpret data—skills that are useful no matter what profession may be in your future. Research also sharpens life skills—patience, organization, teamwork and persistence—that will serve you well in almost any situation. In addition, a variety of student organizations at the university, college and department level are available to further enrich your NatSci experience. Apply now to get started!

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate working with faculty in laboratory experience.

NatSci undergraduate programs offer a strong foundation for careers in science and technology. Undergraduates will find plenty of opportunities to work shoulder-to-shoulder with top-tier faculty as they postulate new theories and make discoveries, while putting their own original ideas to the test.

Our alumni have a track record of success and innovation in advancing science, and they make a difference as health professionals, teachers, lawyers, business leaders and researchers in corporate, government or university laboratories throughout the world. Many preprofessional health students select NatSci majors to help launch their careers in medicine, chemistry, optometry and other health professions.

The education and experience provided allows students to excel at understanding the complex challenges of science in the 21st century. Prepare your mind for what’s next!

Graduate Studies

Graduate student laboratory experience.

As a top public research university, MSU places graduate student research at the very core of its mission. Graduate students encounter faculty mentors at the top of their game, an extensive network of research centers and facilities, flexible and collaborative programs, collegial contacts with other research universities and organizations, and the library and computing power to move work forward.

NatSci graduate programs are organized around traditional disciplines, as well as nontraditional dynamic partnerships that evolve when faculty from different areas come together to solve new sets of problems. This interdisciplinary approach prepares our graduate students for the complex challenges of applied mathematics and science as they identify and pursue their careers. NatSci alumni enjoy diverse careers in academic institutions, government agencies, research institutes and private industry.

Choose your path of discovery. Advanced study in NatSci is available through a variety of degree programs, ranging from astrophysics and astronomy to zoology!

Career Services

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The NatSci Career Services team is committed to assisting students with making connections between their academic experiences and career paths. We build relationships with alumni, employers and graduate schools to optimize internship, job and career opportunities, while also creating strategic partnerships with campus departments to assist students in developing and articulating co-curricular experiences that will help to ensure they are competitive in their future pursuits.