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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Emerging Environmental Challenges

Students who have a clear concept of the environmental topics they wish to study, but who are unable to find a good fit with the other four defined Natural Resources and Environmental Science concentrations will be able to construct their own area of expertise through the Emerging Environmental Challenges student-initiated concentration. Students will choose 20 credits of classes that are 30000-level or above in an environmentally related subject. The courses should not be selected in a single department and should be interdisciplinary. Graduates with this concentration will find employment in environmentally-related fields depending upon the subject matter of the student's chosen classes.

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
(6) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selectives (3) AGEC 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)
(9) Concentration selectives* (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(3) Humanities selective (3) Concentration selective*
    (3) Environmental biology or plant ecology selective
    (3) Humanities selective
(18) (15)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selective (6) Concentration selectives*
(3) Concentration 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)

* Concentratiion 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.