Advising Resources

Pre-register to meet your advisor

Please complete this pre-registration form, and submit it at least 48 hours before your registration appointment with your NRES advisor.

Students are required to meet with an NRES mentor, either one of the NRES Co-Directors or an affiliated faculty of the student’s choice once per year (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors). This NRES Mentoring Form is to be downloaded, printed and signed by the mentor of your choosing when you meet. You are then to bring the signed form to your spring registration appointment with the NRES advisor. You will not receive your registration PIN # until your signed mentor form has been received.

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 five interdisciplinary concentrations.


Approved College of Agriculture courses for selectives

International Understanding
Multicultural Awareness
Additional Math and Science
Humanities/Social Science

Meet Your Advisor

Photo of NRES advisor

As your academic advisor, I'm looking forward to helping you design your individual academic program.

- Tami Borror, NRES Academic Advisor

Emerging Environmental Challenges Concentration

If you are proposing an emerging enviromental challanges topic please complete this template.


The NRES Degree

Students majoring in NRES must meet university and College of Agriculture core requirements as well as NRES requirements. Learn more about these requirements.

Study Abroad

Study abroad can be a wonderful experience! Given the flexibility of the NRES plan of study, with careful planning most opportunities can be worked into your plan of study without adding extra time to complete your degree. Initial  applications take less than five minutes to complete. You will be notified by email on a first-come, first-served basis if/when you are accepted. At that time, a $500 deposit is needed.

For a semester-long program, courses abroad need to be selected and approved for Purdue credit. This takes time, so start early! You will need to work closely with the study abroad office and your NRES academic advisor.

The College of Agriculture study abroad office is in AGAD, room 26. Walk-ins are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can also be scheduled by emailing

You can find information on College of Agriculture study abroad opportunities here.



NRES Capstone Experience Requirement

Baccalaureate plans of study must include a capstone course or experience. Capstone course credits also may be used to fulfill core curriculum requirements or departmental requirements or electives.

In a capstone experience, students are challenged to integrate their accumulated knowledge, technical skills and social skills to identify and solve a problem relevant to issues that professionals in their chosen discipline encounter, and to communicate the results of their efforts to their peers. In doing so, students demonstrate their ability to adapt to professional situations. This experience stimulates students’ appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and to initiate professional and personal connections.

Current capstone options

  1. Complete an internship doing work for a business related to the environment. Enroll in NRES 420: Environmental Internship Reporting (1 credit – fall only). Internships must be approved to count as a capstone. Submit your job description to your advisor.

  2. Supervised individual research arranged with a professor for credit. Enroll in NRES 410: Research in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Research must be approved to count for your capstone. Submit details and a description to your advisor.

  3. Participate in EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service), ideally for two semesters. EPICS can be taken for 1 or 2 credits a semester. In addition to a 2-hour lab per week, you will have a lecture and be expected to spend time working on the project outside of class each week. More information on EPICS can be found here.​​​


Honors Thesis Program

This contract is to be used for students registering for the NRES 498 course (undergraduate individual thesis research project) and for students working to complete the thesis requirement for honors programs.

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