Jul 22, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, BSAGE

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About the Program

In Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, students learn about ecosystem processes (the water cycle, nutrient transformation processes, and biological systems), how human activities such as agriculture affect these complex systems, and how to design sustainable solutions. Basic engineering principles, as well as some of the newest technological approaches, are applied to solve challenges related to soil and plant environments, surface and ground water quality, air quality, animal environments, and food safety. Graduates work in exciting careers in federal, state, and local government, engineering consulting firms, and industry, or pursue graduate study opportunities.

Some of the factors that contribute to Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University being a top ranked program:

  • Multiple opportunities for interaction with faculty in laboratories and in classes
  • Student Competitions, Clubs, Global Experiences
  • Personalized advising and attention from faculty
  •  Practical curriculum for industrial careers
  • Great opportunities for scholarships and internships
  • Excellent placement record and starting salaries

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Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (126 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (98 credits)

Electives (2 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 6 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 3 credits of Hum or Social Sciences 30000+ level
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

128 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree

Program Requirements

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • ABE 48600 - Agricultural Engineering Design
  • Engineering Technical Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Selective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Humanities or Social Selective (30000+) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

13 Credits


128 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog; the incomplete listing presented here regards this program and course sequencing.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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