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Pre-Environmental Studies

Degree Level


Minor Code


Advisor's Name

John Graveel

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-8060

Advisor's Email


The Pre-Environmental Studies program of study is intended to serve as a portal for students entering Purdue with an interest in environmental studies who are undecided as to the particular area or specific program of study in which they want to enroll. You may make take courses and explore different environmental majors during your first year before choosing a specific one. If you wish to begin in a departmental specific program, you may do so without going through the Pre-Environmental Studies program.
The Pre-Environmental Studies program of study is expected to:
Provide undecided students with an interest in some aspect of science and the environment the opportunity to take courses and explore specific departmental programs during their first year before selecting a departmental major.
Satisfy minimum first-year course requirements in various environmental science-related programs offered by departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science.
Provide students with the opportunity to take courses (EAS 11300, FNR 10300, NRES 29000 and the Pre-Environmenal Studies specific division of AGR 10100) that will facilitate exposure to multiple fields of environmental study and opportunities.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)
(0.5) AGR 12200 (Introduction to Natural Resources and Environmental Science Academic Programs)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
(4) Biological sciences selective
(3) Introduction to environmental science selective
Total Credits: 17
Second Semester
(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(4) Biological sciences or physical sciences selective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 17

Additional Information

*Some environmental programs of study require more advanced courses in general chemistry and mathematics.
Acceptable biological science selectives for College of Agriculture include BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, BIOL 13100, BTNY 21000, HORT 30100, or other biological science courses that fulfill requirements in departments that offer environmental science programs.
Students who are interested in programs of study that require CHM 11500, CHM 11600, MA 16100/16500, MA 16200/16600 may have to defer enrollment in COM 11400 and/or ENGL 10600 until the sophomore year.
Examples of programs that require CHM 11100, CHM 11200, MA 22300, MA 22400. Environmental Plant Studies, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Agricultural Economics, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmenal Science, Forestry.
A program of study that requires CHM 11100, CHM 11200, MA 16100, MA 16200. Applied Merteorology.
Examples of programs of study that require CHM 11500, CHM 11600, MA 22300, MA 22400. Environmental Soil Science, Soil and Crop Science.
Examples of programs of study that require CHM 11500, CHM 11600, MA 16100/16500, MA 16200/16600: Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Energy Materials and Radioactive Waste Management; Land Surveying and Geomatics Engineering; Biochemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Ecology, Evolutionary, and Population Biology; Environmental Ecological Engineering within Multi-disciplinary Engineering.










Created at 9/26/2011 3:04 PM by Wilson, Kenneth N
Last modified at 11/21/2011 12:06 PM by Goecker, Allan D