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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Land Resources

Land Resources is the most popular concentration in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program, reflecting the highly interdisciplinary nature of the science of the environment. Students choosing this concentration will study in depth the ecology, chemistry, and physics of the soil to better prepare them in the areas of soil hydrology, soil fertility, and soil conservation. After earning their degrees, these majors will find employment in the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Indiana Department of Resource Management, and environmental consulting firms.

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)
(3) Humanities selective (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(9) Land resources concentration selectives (3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    (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 (3) AGRY 33700 (Environmental Hydrology)
(3) Land resources concentration selective (4) AGRY 38500 (Environmental Soil Chemistry)
(3) Social science selective (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Written or oral communication selective (5) Electives
(3) Elective
(15) (15)