Concentrations in NRES

With guidance from your NRES advisor, you will select or design an interdisciplinary concentration that fits your interests and professional goals. You have until the end of your sophomore year to choose from these five concentrations. We’ve included some sample courses students for each concentration, but these are only examples; NRES majors have many choices!


Air Quality

Concepts of meteorology, climate change, and atmospheric pollution.

  • Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • Physics of Climate
  • Fundamental Remote Sensing
  • Air Pollution Control and Design
  • Principles of Radiation Detection and Measurement

Environmental Policy and Analysis

In-depth study of regulations, environmental law, and economics.

  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Global Green Politics
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Principles of Sustainability


Land Resources

A broad range of subjects in soil pollution, erosion, landscape management, and ecological restoration.
  • Environmental Soil Chemistry
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Soil Conservation & Water Management
  • Non-point Source Pollution Engineering
  • Soils and Land Use

Water Quality

Managing water properly, with topics in water pollution, aquatic ecology, and managing water distribution.

  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Engineering Environmental Sustainability
  • Marine Biology
  • Water and Food Security
  • Aquatic Sampling Techniques

Emerging Environmental Challenges

Students design their own focus area within environmental science, working closely with their academic advisor and faculty to develop an approved list of concentration courses.

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