Natural Resources and environmental science

NRES is a unique and exciting major for students who want to contribute to environmental change in the world. It’s an applied, science-based program that focuses on environmental management, policy and science.

NRES students take core courses in soil science, hydrology, environmental impact analysis, ecology, and environmental policy. Many then add courses in conservation, environmental engineering, sustainability, and economics to broaden their technical background.

One-on-one advising is key to success in NRES. With guidance from your advisor, you will design a plan of study in one of six interdisciplinary concentrations.

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Are you ready to make the earth a better place?

Join an elite group of students learning how to create positive environmental change in the world. With one-on-one advising, you’ll design an interdisciplinary plan of study that’s a perfect fit for your interests and career goals.

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The NRES staff is available to meet with you to plan a successful journey while you are at Purdue.

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Read what our juniors and seniors in the NRES Ambassador program have to say about their college experiences. Learn about their internships, research projects, study abroad trips, and more!

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