Interdisciplinary Options

Environmental Toxicology

If you are interested in more advanced toxicology graduate education and research related to the harmful health effects of environmental or other chemicals, you can enroll in a multidisciplinary dual-Ph.D. program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences (EITS). The EITS program is administered through MSU‘s Center for Integrative Toxicology (CIT) and, in conjunction with our graduate program, offers outstanding training in basic biomedical science coupled with training and credentials in the discipline of toxicology that can open additional career opportunities. Before enrolling in this program, students must first be accepted for graduate study in a cooperating program such as animal science.

To find out more about this cooperating program, visit the CIT’s graduate programs in toxicology website, call 517-353-6469, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Food Safety

The graduate specialization in food safety is designed for students who are interested in enhancing the focus of their study on food safety to help societal problems. The specialization is available to students enrolled in a Master’s degree program. For further information see the MSU National Food Safety & Toxicology Center website.

Ecological Food and Farming Systems

The Ecological Food and Farming Systems (EFFS) graduate specialization is designed to foster understanding of biogeochemical, socioeconomic, and policy concepts critical to sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program provides a foundation of agroecology and community food systems principles that allow for cross-disciplinary consideration of multifaceted agricultural sustainability issues. Shared courses provide the opportunity to meet students from other programs and better understand work and research that includes multiple perspectives. The EFFS program is administered through the Crop & Soil Sciences Department. The EFFS Steering Committee includes faculty from several social and biogeochemical fields related to agriculture who work to expand the learning opportunities and constantly enhance the courses for the specialization. For more information about the EFFS graduate specialization, go to

CANR Certificate in College Teaching

The MSU Certification in College Teaching Program (CCTP) is an initiative of the Graduate School in partnership with departments and colleges. The program is designed to assist and prepare graduate students interested in entering academia or other professional programs where communication of ideas is required. The program includes course work, attendance to workshops and seminars, mentored teaching experience and the creation of a teaching portfolio to showcase the participant’s teaching philosophy and pedagogical growth.

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