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Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Keith A. Cherkauer

Advisor's Phone

(765) 496-7982

Advisor's Email


Energy, food, water, and the environment are vital for the well-being of both current and future generations. The Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering major offered by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering prepares students for careers that address these and other vital concerns. Employment opportunities for graduates include engineering for consulting firms and government agencies responsible for environmental conservation and quality, facilities design, safety engineering, engineering managment, private consulting, teaching in colleges and universities, and research in industry and government. See for updates to the plan of study shown below.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(2) ENGR 13100 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation I)

(4) MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)

(3) Humanities selective *

Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(2) ENGR 13200 (Transforming Ideas to Innovation II)

(4) MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)

(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics)

Total Credits: 17

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) ABE 20500 (Computations for Engineering Systems)

(1) ABE 29000 (Sophomore Seminar)

(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus)

(3) ME 27000 (Basic Mechanics I)

(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics)

(4) Biological sciences selective

Total Credits: 18

Fourth Semester

(3) ABE 21000 (Biological Applications of Material and Energy Balances)

(4) MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations)

(3) ME 27400 (Basic Mechanics II)

(3) NUCL 27300 (Mechanics of Materials)

(3) Social Sciences selective *

Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) ABE 30500 (Physical Properties of Biological Materials)

(4) ABE 32500 (Soil and Water Resource Engineering)

(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)

(4) CE 34000 (Hydraulics) and (1) CE 34300 (Elementary Hydraulics Laboratory) or (4) ME 30900 (Fluid Mechanics)

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 17

Sixth Semester

(3) ABE 33000 (Design of Machine Components)

(3) ECE 20100 (Linear Circuit Analysis I)

(4) Biological sciences selective 

(3) Economics selective *

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) ABE 43500 (Hydraulic Control Systems for Mobile Equipment)

(3) ABE 45000 (Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization)

(1) ABE 49000 (Professional Practice in Agricultural and Biological Engineering)

(3) Agricultural selective

(3) Engineering technical selective

(3) Written or oral communication selective *

Total Credits: 16

Eighth Semester

(4) ABE 48500 (Agricultural and Biological Engineering Design)

(3) Engineering technical selective

(3) Humanities selective *

(3) Social science or humanities selective *

(1) Elective

Total Credits: 14

Additional Information

* A total of 18 credit hours of general education selectives must be taken in accordance with the requirements of the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering. The plan of study must include six credits of College of Agriculture International Understanding selectives and three credits of Multicultural Awareness selectives.










Created at 5/26/2010 8:25 AM by Lough, Kelly S
Last modified at 2/23/2012 7:46 AM by Goecker, Allan D