Exploratory Areas

To guide students’ academic choices and help them investigate majors that align with their interests, strengths and goals, the Career and Advising Center (CAC) at NDSU has developed five Exploratory Areas (EA). These are collections of academic majors that can lead to a variety of careers in a related field.

Exploratory Students

Students who come to NDSU as exploratory (or undeclared) students will select an Exploratory Area that most closely aligns with potential interests. These students then have the opportunity to further explore potential majors in UNIV 101: Major Exploration and Academic Planning. Within an Exploratory Area, students are advised to take a variety of general education courses that tend to cover requirements common to most of the majors included in the Area. Additionally, students work with their advisor to identify and enroll in a course that can serve as an introduction or a foundation to a major that might be of interest.

#NDSUintern Spotlight: Madyson Sears

Major: Agriculture Economics Company: Agassiz Seed & Supply – Location of Internship: West Fargo, ND – Internship Title: Sales Intern

Why did you choose the company that you work for?

I chose Agassiz because they offered a great internship …
By Rachana Wright
Rachana Wright Graduate Assistant - Internship Program
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#NDSUintern Spotlight: Oluwaseyi Oginni

Major: Business Analytics Company: Michael Foods, Inc. – Location of Internship: Minnetonka, MN – Internship Title: IT Business Intelligence Intern

Why did you choose the company that you work for?

I choose this company because of their company culture, …
By Rachana Wright
Rachana Wright Graduate Assistant - Internship Program
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#NDSUintern Spotlight: Sam Huffman

Major: Business Administration and Marketing – Company: Marsh & McLennan Agency – Location of Internship: Fargo, ND – Internship Title: Insurance Intern

Why did you choose the company that you work for?

I had heard about MMA through one of …
By Rachana Wright
Rachana Wright Graduate Assistant - Internship Program
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Exploratory Classes

MLS 200: Intro to Medical Lab Science (Restricted to majors)

Introduction to medical laboratory science. Lectures, discussions, and field trips focus on professional traits and communication, ethical behavior of the…

ART 210: Art History I

Intensive survey of art from Paleolithic to the Renaissance.    

ANSC 210: Introduction to Therapeutic Horsemanship

This course will introduce students to perspectives of disabilities, how equine assisted activities may affect individuals with specific disabilities, how…

MATH 105: Trigonometry

Angle measure, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, polar coordinates and applications. Prereq: MATH 103 or placement.…

PH 101: Intro to Public Health

This course introduces undergraduate students to the interdisciplinary and exciting field of public health. Discussing and studying the processes and…

COMM 112: Understanding Media & Social Change

Exploration of the purpose, function, and impact of media on society.    

ANSC 260: Introduction to Equine Studies

Introduction to basic aspects of equine studies and general principles surrounding the horse industry. 2 one-hour lectures.

MATH 165: Calculus I

Limits, continuity, differentiation, Mean Value Theorem, integration, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and applications. Prereq: MATH 105 or MATH 107 or…

ENG 111: Introduction to Engineering

Designed to provide general engineering students with an opportunity to review, study, discuss, and evaluate various engineering professions as career…

PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology

Survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

COMM 114: Human Communication

Overview of communication theory with emphasis on information transmission and social influence functions of communication behavior in personal and mediated…

ASM 115: Fundamentals of Ag. Systems Management

Overview of agricultural systems management; engines, machinery, structures, electricity, processing, and conservation. 3 lectures. Co-req: MATH 103 or MATH 104…

ME 212: Fund. of Visual Communication for Engineers

Visual communications for design and manufacturing, computer-aided drawing and design, three-dimensional modeling and orthographic projections, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, ASME…

ABEN 110: Introduction to Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Introduction to agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABEN) for students interested in pursuing the major and profession. Content emphasizes ABEN sub-disciplines…

RC 200: Intro to Respiratory Care (Restricted to majors)

Introduction to the profession of respiratory care. Lectures, discussions, and field trips focus on professional traits and communication, ethical behavior…

HIST 101: Western Civilization I

Introductory survey of Western Civilization from prehistory to 1648, emphasizing major political, social, cultural, and intellectual developments.

CE 111: Introduction to Civil Engineering (Spring only)

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of civil engineering and to review the disciplines and types…

MICR 202: Intro Microbiology

Study of the characteristics and importance of microorganisms with emphasis on their identification, control, and relationships to health and disease.…

PAG 115: Introduction to Precision Agriculture

This course is designed to introduce the student to a broader view of the precision agriculture, crop and livestock production…

BIOL 150: General Biology I

Introduction to cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and evolution.

Resources

What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you like your major and want to consider possible career paths that might align or you are considering pursuing …

O*NET

Perhaps students are simply unaware of the infinite number of employment opportunities or careers which the world has to offer?  …

Major/Career Exploration Workshops

The NDSU Career and Advising Center offers major and career exploration services in a variety of ways.  This Fall semester, …

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