Mar 17, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Water Quality Concentration, BS

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About the Program

Understand the interactions of living organisms and their relationships to soils, water, and air. Natural Resources and Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science-based program with concentration areas in Air Quality, Environmental Policy Analysis and Economics, Land Resources, Water Quality, or a student-derived focus area. NRES graduates work for businesses, industries, non-profits, and governmental agencies. Others continue their education in environmental law, teaching, or working in research.

Concentrations include:

  • Air Quality
  • Emerging Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Policy and Analysis
  • Land Resources
  • Water Quality

Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations) Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (10 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (96-97 credits)

Electives (13-14 credits)

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

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

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Requirements

Select here  for additional lists.

Program Requirements

17 Credits

13-14 Credits

17 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Water Quality Concentration Selectives - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00

12-13 Credits


2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

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

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

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