Majors & minors Offered

Students holding fish, summer practicum, aquatics.
Aquatic Sciences
The Aquatic Sciences Major prepares students for professional careers in fisheries research and management, information and education, and interdisciplinary investigations of environmental problems with emphasis on fresh water systems.
Student measuring tree in forest along with second student using forestry tools for circumference, Summer Practicum, forestry.
Forestry
As a Forester, you are charged with protecting and e​nhan​cing forest ecosystems and the social and economic benefits produced by f​orests.
Student holding owl, wildlife research.
Wildlife
The Wildlife Major prepares students for professional careers in wildlife research, management, and education.
Minors offered:
Aquatic Sciences   |  Digital Natural Resources Minor  |  Forest Ecosystems  |  Furniture Design  |  Urban Forestry  |  Wildlife Science  |  Wood Products Manufacturing Technology
Large tree with photo angle looking up, summer practicum.
Summer Practicum

At our Summer Practicum students in all three majors gain first-hand knowledge through hands-on experiences no classroom lecture can match.

Starfish, marine biology practicum.
Marine Biology Practicum

Marine Biology Practicum presents students with expanded opportunities to use field techniques to sample and report on marine habitats and organisms.

Lizard sitting on rock, FNR Desert Practicum
Desert Practicum

The Desert Wildlife Biology Practicum offers students the opportunity to learn about wildlife and wildlife management techniques in a desert representative of the western U.S.

Large tree with photo angle looking up, summer practicum.
Summer Practicum

At our Summer Practicum students in all three majors gain first-hand knowledge through hands-on experiences no classroom lecture can match.

Starfish, marine biology practicum.
Marine Biology Practicum

Marine Biology Practicum presents students with expanded opportunities to use field techniques to sample and report on marine habitats and organisms.

Lizard sitting on rock, FNR Desert Practicum
Desert Practicum

The Desert Wildlife Biology Practicum offers students the opportunity to learn about wildlife and wildlife management techniques in a desert representative of the western U.S.

The cost varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program, scholarships, etc.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has a Career Services Advisor to assist FNR students in career exploration and placement.

Purdue group photo in Costa Rica.

Natural History in La Fortuna & Curú National Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica
Spring Break
This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity hand conduct field studies in tropical rainforest, Pacific dry forest, Pacific rock reef, and Pacific mangrove swamp ecosystems of Costa Rica. Advisor: Dr. Reuben Goforth, Facebook: Costa Rica Natural History Study Abroad

 
Four Purdue students with mountains in background while in Columbia, Study Abroad program.

Conservation Biology & Biodiversity Restoration in Columbia
Summer
Students will have hands/eyes-on exposure to Colombian tropical ecology and ongoing projects for the conservation/restoration of the extraordinary biodiversity distributed across habitats ranging from the Andean forest to marine and marshland sites on the Caribbean Coast. Advisor: Dr. Reuben Goforth, Facebook: Conservation & Biodiversity of Colombia Study Abroad

 
Lake with trees around the cove in Canada.

International Natural Resource Issue in Canada's Pacific Northwest
Summer
This is a joint course for students from North Carolina State University, Swedish University for Life Sciences (SLU), and Purdue. Topics that will be studied are forestry, fishing, and wildlife challenges and opportunities. Students will gain a holistic and thematic view on sustainable use and management of natural resources for different geographic, ecological and social conditions. Advisors: Dr. John Dunning,
 Dr. Tomas Höök and Dr. Doug Jacobs​

 
Penguin at Galapagos Islands.

Environment & Culture Exploring in the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador
Summer
This course will introduce the unique environments and the culture of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador while integrating ecological topics including biodiversity, adaptation and evolution, biogeography, endemicism, and conservation biology. Students will learn about the history of the islands, explore diverse ecosystems, and will see wildlife species including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, whales, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles. Advisor: Dr. Liz Flaherty.

 
Purdue students sitting on snowy mountain tops in Sweden.

International Natural Resources in Sweden, Czech Republic & Poland
Summer
This is a joint course for students from North Carolina State University, Swedish University for Life Sciences (SLU), and Purdue. Topics that will be studied are forestry, fishing, and wildlife challenges and opportunities. Students will gain a holistic and thematic view on sustainable use and management of natural resources for different geographic, ecological and social conditions. Advisors: Dr. Patrick ZollnerDr. Tomas Höök and Dr. Doug Jacobs​ 

 

 

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