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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Air Quality

The Air Quality concentration of the Natural Resources and Environmental Science major provides the opportunity for students to develop depth in the areas of air pollution monitoring, climatology and climate change. Coursework in the concentration will explore meteorology, remote sensing applications and atmospheric chemistry. Natural Resources and Environmental Science graduates with the air quality concentration can pursue careers in industry and government in the areas such as regulatory compliance, containment monitoring and pollution prevention.

Credit Hours Required: 131 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(0.5) AGR 12200 (Introduction to Natural Resources and Environmental Science Academic Programs) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (4) Biological sciences selective
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) (3) Elective
(3) NRES 29000 (Introduction to Environmental Science)
(3) Elective
(17) (16)

Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (3) AGRY 33500 (Weather and Climate) or NRES 23000 (Survey of Meteorology)
(3) NRES 25500 (Soil Science) (1) NRES 20000 (Introduction to Environmental Careers)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) NRES 28000 (Hazardous Waste Handling)
(4) Biological sciences selective (3) POL 22300 (Introduction to Environmental Policy)
(3) Economics selective (2) Environmental biology or plant ecology selective
(3) Social science selective
(3) Elective
(17) (18)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 43100 (Atmospheric Thermodynamics) or EAS 42100 (Atmospheric Thermodynamics) (3) AGEC 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)
(3) FNR 35700 (Fundamental Remote Sensing) (3) EAS 32000 (Physics of Climate)
(3) Air quality concentration selective (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(6) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selectives (3) Environmental biology or plant ecology selective
(3) Humanities selective (3) Humanities selective
(18) (15)

Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) Air quality concentration selective (6) Air quality concentration selectives
(3) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selective (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Social science selective (6) Electives
(3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Elective
(15) (15)

* Concentration selectives must be approved by the Natural Resources and Environmental Science advisor; all selectives must be 30000+ level; as a group, the selectives must pursue an environmentally-related subject; the selectives should not originate from a single department to maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the major.