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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Environmental Policy and Economics

The Environmental Policy and Economics concentration of the Natural Resources and Environmental Science major is designed to combine the science background provided by the NRES core with the study of the human aspects of the environment. Students will examine economic implications, development of policy, environmental regulations, the policy of "going green" and social interactions. Graduates in this concentration will find employment in governmental agencies such as Indiana Department of Environmental Management, United States Department of Agriculture, and in the private sector as experts in environmental compliance.

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) AGEC 52600 (Environmental Policy Analysis) (3) AGEC 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)
(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy, and Administration) (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(3) POL 32300 (Comparative Environmental Policy) (3) Environmental biology or plant ecology selective
(6) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selectives (3) Environmental policy analysis and economics concentration selective
(3) Humanities selective (3) Humanities selective
(18) (15)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selective (6) Environmental policy analysis and economics concentration selectives
(3) Environmental policy analysis and economics 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)