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 Watershed Management Concentration choose 21 credit hours of course work in community involvement, hydrology, and soil conservation in order to engage and educate stakeholders to implement land use and water management practices to protect and improve water quality and natural resources.
Natural Resources and Environmental Science Website
Natural Resources and Environmental Science Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (35-38 credits)
Required Major Courses (13 credits)
Watershed Management Concentration Courses (22-25 credits)
Required Concentration Courses (10-12 credits)
Watershed Management Selective (12 credits)
- Watershed Management Selective - Credit Hours: 12.00
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (69-71 credits)
Electives (13-14 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 13.00-14.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
Courses Not Applicable in Undergraduate Plans of Study - The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program: CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research. Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences elective.
Pass/Not-Pass Grading Policy -A student classified as a sophomore or higher who has a minimum 2.0 graduation index may elect the pass/not-pass grading option. A maximum of 21 credits of elective courses under the pass/not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation 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)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 4th Year
- FNR 27000 - Landscape-Level Planning ♦
- Watershed Management 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.
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
The ♦ course is considered critical.
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