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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Water Quality

The Water Quality concentration in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program is designed for students interested in the ecology and other environmental aspects of water. Areas of emphasis include hydrology, freshwater ecology, and aquatic botany. NRES graduates with this option find employment in water conservation, ecological restoration, habitat assessment, and monitoring water quality. Potential employers include the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, 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
(3) CE 35500 (Engineering Environmental Sustainability) (3) AGEC 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)
(6) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selectives (3) AGRY 33700 (Environmental Hydrology)
(3) Humanities selective (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(6) Water quality concentration selectives (3) Environmental biology or plant ecology selective
    (3) Humanities selective
(18) (15)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) BTNY 55500 (Aquatic Botany) (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or statistics selective (6) Water quality concentration selectives
(3) Social science selective (6) Electives
(3) Written or oral communication selective    
(3) Elective
(15) (15)