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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Climate and Energy Solutions Concentration, BS

About the Program

Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) is an interdisciplinary program that combines broad environmental knowledge and technical competency, with understanding of the economic, policy and human factors of environmental management to develop graduates who are well-equipped to deal with the environmental challenges of the 21st century.  Students can choose from one of six concentration areas: energy and climate solutions, environmental policy and analysis, watershed management, environmental quality and restoration, sustainability science 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 Climate and Energy Solutions Concentration choose 21 credit hours of course work to support evaluation of climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation, and alternative energy solutions.

Natural Resources and Environmental Science Website

Natural Resources and Environmental Science Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (34 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (73-75 credits)

Electives (11-13 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 11.00-13.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

17 Credits

14 Credits

16-17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Climate and Energy Concentration Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • 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. (See Advising Resources)

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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