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Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations)

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Natural Resources and Environmental Science is a major for students who want to contribute to environmental change in the world.

This is a science-based, interdisciplinary program. With guidance from the NRES academic advisor and faculty, students design a plan of study that fits their interests and professional goals.

Graduates work in business and industry, consulting, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies. Others continue their education in environmental science, engineering, or environmental law, or conduct research at a university or in industry.

Concentrations include:

  • Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Emerging Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Policy and Analysis
  • Environmental Quality and Restoration
  • Sustainability Science
  • Watershed Management

Student Testimonial: Pavithra Chidambaram

portrait of Pavithra Chidambaram

I chose to attend Purdue because I was able to receive good scholarships and be part of a large, diverse community of students and faculty. I also enjoyed how welcoming the College of Agriculture staff and faculty were on my Purdue's for me visit day. Even though Purdue's campus is large, I found my own smaller community within the NRES department.

 I also joined environmental clubs on campus, such as Boiler Green Initiative and Environmental Science Club, where I was able to meet others with similar interests. I was able to connect with my culture and be part of the South Asian community by joining Purdue Aharya (Purdue's Indian classical dance team).  


One of the most meaningful experiences I've had at Purdue is being an NRES ambassador. Through ambassador activities, I realized how much I enjoyed connecting with people and learning about their experiences. I mentored some new students and spoke with prospective students, which reminded me of my passion for helping my community.

Another leadership experience I have valued is being a director on my dance team. Working with the team to compete nationally and figuring out the logistics and creative ideas for our shows has been satisfying and empowering. Performing pieces that took months of hard work, fundraising and planning has been an extremely fulfilling experience.

Purdue is a place where I have been able to thrive. I wish the same for you!

Plan of Study

Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations) Webpage

Transfer to Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
(765) 496-0376

College of Agriculture

Careers in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations)

  •   Environmental consultant
  •   Remediation specialist
  •   Environmental Safety Officer
  •   Stream & wetland ecologist
  •   Sustainability officer
  •   Watershed manager
  •   Soil conservationist
  •   Environmental & urban planner
  •   Hydrologist
  •   Environmental policy analyst
  •   Environmental educator
  •   Environmental attorney (with graduate law education)
  •   Soil conservationist

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