About the Program
Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) is an interdisciplinary program that combines classes in the biophysical sciences with classes in environmental policy to develop graduates who are well-equipped to deal with the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Students can choose from one of five concentration areas: air quality, environmental policy and analysis, land resources, water quality, or emerging environmental challenges. NRES graduates work in an exciting variety of environmentally related careers in the public and private sector, including state and federal agencies, consulting firms and non-profits.
Students in the Environmental Policy and Analysis Concentration choose 21 credit hours of course work in planning, policy and sustainability.
Natural Resources and Environmental Science Website
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (106-107 credits)
Required Major Courses (10 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (96-97 credits)
Electives (13-14 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 13.00-14.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- International Understanding Selective - Credit Hours: 9.00
- Multicultural Awareness Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- 6 Credits: Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00
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.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 4th Year
- Environmental Policy and Analysis Concentration Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
- Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00
- 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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