Realistic (Doers)

People who have mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, machines, tools, plants, or animals; like to work independently or outdoors; frank, hands-on, practical.

Realistic Majors, Classes, & Careers

Step 1: Complete the Spartan Interest Assessment 

Please complete the Spartan Interest Assessment and read the information on your results. Next, if you’re interested in learning more about Realistic majors, classes, and careers, take some time to explore the information in the next steps. Feel free to explore majors, classes, and careers for as many categories that interest you. 

Step 2: Realistic Majors, Classes, Careers & more

Take a few minutes to explore potential majors, classes, and careers for the Realistic (Doers) category. We encourage you to write down any areas that you would like to learn more about. Be sure to take note of any questions you might have about these as well.

  • Realistic Majors

    View MSU majors that might interest you. Learn about each major's requirements on our Academic Programs Catalog, and click here to find out, "What can I do with this Major?"

    • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Education
    • Animal Science
    • Anthropology – BA/BS
    • Apparel & Textile Design
    • Apparel & Textiles
    • Astrophysics
    • Biochem & Molecular Biology
    • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
    • Biomedical Lab Science
    • Biosystems Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Construction Management
    • Crop and Soil Sciences
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Geography
    • Environmental Geosciences
    • Fisheries and Wildlife
    • Forestry
    • Geographic Info Science
    • Horticulture
    • Human Biology
    • Human Geography
    • Integrative Biology
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Packaging
    • Physiology
    • Plant Biology
    • Veterinary Technology
    • Zoology – BA/BS
  • Realistic Classes

    View exploratory classes for the Realistic (Doers) category. Learn about course descriptions here

    • ABM 100 (3): Decision Making in Agri-Food System
    • ABM 130 (3): Farm Management I
    • ANP 203 (3): Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANP 264 (3): Great Discoveries in Archaeology
    • ANS 110 (4): Introductory Animal Agriculture
    • ANS 232 (2): Introductory Dairy Cattle Management
    • ANS 242 (3): Introductory Horse Management
    • ANS 282 (3): Companion Animal Biology and Management
    • AS 111L (1): Foundation of the United States Air Force I Laboratory
    • AST 101 (1): The Celestial Clockworks
    • BE 101 (1): Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    • BMB 101 (1): Frontiers in Biochemistry
    • CJ 210 (3): Introduction to Forensic Science
    • CMP 101 (2): Principles of Building Construction Management
    • CMP 124 (3): Residential Construction Materials and Methods
    • CSE 100 (1): Computer Science as a Profession
    • CSE 102 (3): Algorithmic Thinking and Programming
    • CSE 120 (3): Issues in Food and Agriculture
    • CSE 201 (3): Fundamentals of Information Technology
    • CSE 231 (4): Introduction to Programming I
    • CSS 101 (1): Introduction to Crop Science
    • CSS 101L (1): Introduction to Crop Science Laboratory
    • CSS 124 (2): Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
    • CSS 202 (2): The World of Turf
    • CSS 210 (3): Fundamentals of Soil Science
    • CSS 222 (2): New Horizons in Biotechnology
    • CSS 224 (1) Sustainable Farm and Food Systems Field Studies
    • CSS 251 (3) Organic Farming Principles and Practices
    • CSUS 200 (3): Introduction to Sustainability
    • DAN 251 (2): Introduction to Dance
    • ECE 101 (1): Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • EEM 255 (3): Ecological Economics
    • EEM 260 (3): World Food, Population and Poverty
    • ENT 205 (3): Pests, Society and Environment
    • FOR 204 (3): Forest Vegetation
    • FOR 222 (2): Forestry Field Methods
    • FSC 211 (3): Principles of Food Science
    • FW 101 (3): Fundamentals of Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • FW 110 (3) : Conservation and Management of Marine Resources
    • FW 207 (3): Great Lakes: Biology and Management
    • FOR 101 (3): Michigan's Forests
    • FOR 202 (3): Introduction to Forestry
    • FOR 212 Introduction to Sustainable Bioproducts
    • GEO 203 (3): Introduction to Meteorology
    • GEO 206 (3): Physical Geography
    • GEO 208 (2): Physical Geography of the National Parks
    • GEO 211 (3): Environmental Policy and Practice
    • GEO 221 (3): Introduction to Geographic Information
    • GEO 221L (1): Introduction to Geographic Information Laboratory
    • GEO 333 (3): Geography of Michigan
    • GLG 201 (4): The Dynamic Earth
    • HB 265 (3): Food Management: Safety & Nutrition
    • HRT 100 (3): Horticulture: Plants and People
    • HRT 102 (2): Plants for Food, Fun and Profit
    • HRT 111 (3): Landscape Design
    • HRT 203 (3): Introduction to Horticulture
    • HRT 204 (2): Plant Propagation
    • HRT 211 (3): Landscape Plants I
    • HRT 212 (3): Landscape Plants II
    • IDES 140 (3) Design for Living
    • IDES 152 (3): Interior Environments
    • KIN 101 and KIN 111 (1): Aquatics
    • KIN 101M (1): Great Lakes Sailing
    • KIN 102 and KIN 112 (1): Combative Sports
    • KIN 103 and KIN 113 (1): Conditioning
    • KIN 106 and KIN 116 (1): Individual Sports
    • KIN 107 and KIN 117 (1): Racquet Sports
    • KIN 108 and KIN 118 (1): Team Sports
    • KIN 125 (3): First Aid & Personal Safety
    • KIN 1XX (1): Various Team and Individual Sports and Physical Activies
    • LA 200 (3): Introduction to Landscape Architecture
    • LIN 200 (3): Introduction to Language
    • LIN 225 (3): Language and Gender
    • LIN 226 (3): Language and the Animals
    • MSE 200 (2): Materials and Society
    • MSE 250 (3): Materials Science and Engineering
    • PKG 101 (3): Principles of Packaging
    • PLB 105 (3): Plant Biology
    • THR 111 (3): Introduction to Technical Theatre
    • THR 111L (1): Introduction to Technical Theatre Lab
    • TSM 130 (3): Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Ag Systems
  • Realistic Careers

    View careers for the Realistic (Doers) category:

    • Apparel Designer
    • Biological Technician
    • Biomedical Engineer
    • Camera Operator
    • Civil Engineer
    • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
    • Coach
    • Computer Network Specialist
    • Computer Programmer
    • Conservation Specialist
    • Correctional Officer
    • Electrical Engineer
    • Electrician
    • Film Editor
    • Firefighter
    • Fish and Game Warden
    • Forester
    • Graphic Designer
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Medical Examiner
    • MRI Technologist
    • Nursing Aid
    • Packaging Specialist
    • Parole and Probation Officer
    • Physician
    • Police Officer
    • Radiologic Technician
    • Robotics Engineering
    • Veterinary Technician
    • Zoologist

Step 3: What’s next?

Now that you have identified majors, classes, and careers that you would like to learn about, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with an Exploratory Advisor to discuss what you’ve learned, and identify the next steps in your exploration process.