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College of Agriculture

Pre-Environmental Studies

The pre-environmental studies program is intended to serve as a single portal for students entering Purdue with an interest in environmental studies who are undecided as to the particular area or specific program of study in which they wish to enroll. You may take courses and explore different environmental majors during your first year before choosing a specific one. If you wish to begin in a specific departmental program, you may do so without going through the pre-environmental studies program.

The Pre-Environmental Studies program is expected to:

• Provide undecided students with an interest in some aspect of science and the environment the opportunity to take courses and explore specific departmental programs during their first year before selecting a departmental major.

• Satisfy minimum first-year course requirements in various environmental science-related programs offered by departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

• Provide students with the opportunity to take courses (EAS 11300, FNR 10300, NRES 29000 and Pre-Environmental Studies specific division of AGR 10100) that will facilitate exposure to multiple fields of environmental study and opportunity.

Credit Hours Required: 34*

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) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamen-tals of Speech Communication) (4) Biological sciences or physical sciences selective
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) (3) Elective
(4) Biological sciences selective
(3) Introduction to environmental science selective
(17) (17)

* Some environmental programs of study require more advanced courses in general chemistry and mathematics.