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Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations)

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.

Concentrations include:

  • Air Quality
  • Emerging Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Policy and Analysis
  • Land Resources
  • Water Quality

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.

Purdue Agriculture Experience: Kasha Halbleib

portrait of Kasha Halbleib

Every year, Kasha Halbleib's family would go camping. And every year, Kasha would pick up bugs that interested her and hear "Kasha, put that down!" At that point in her life she was interested in environmental life but didn't realize she could study it. Then, in high school she took an AP environmental science class and thought "Oh, my gosh, this is perfect! This is exactly what I want to do.” After that, she looked for colleges where she could pursue a degree that kept her in touch with nature.

My Purdue Path


Kasha's College of Agriculture tour was such a good experience that she couldn't pass up the opportunity to come to Purdue. "Purdue numbers-wise looks overwhelming," she says. "It's a big school but has a small feel — putting people in majors in small classes together, but with big-school opportunities."

She almost immediately joined the Environmental Science Club. Kasha found Spanish Club on a whim and loved it. Every year she tries new clubs, leaves some, and expands her social circle. It's given her multiple circles of friends. "I have a tight-knit group of friends, and we do a lot together," Kasha says, "but there's a different group of friends in environmental science. And I tag along with other groups of friends." She loves to hike or go to cultural and social events around campus. Last year the group ended up at Malaysia Night, Diwali, African Immersion Night, a drag show, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Christmas Show, Around the World Night, a Caribbean event, Black Cultural Center events, and more.

Gathering Experience

She really enjoys volunteering. "A favorite experience is with higher-level Spanish students where we go to local schools and work with English as a New Language students in a program called Auyda y Aprende," she says. "We help with homework, talk to teachers. They get our help, we get to practice languages skills. It helped me get confidence while helping others in the community."

Kasha spent a semester in Madrid, where her Spanish got even better. "Study abroad improved my language skills tenfold," says Kasha. "I didn't know the intensity until I got there. It was a six-month immersion program…classes, roommates, everything in Spanish." Eventually, she could hold a conversation or comfortably order items at a store.

Back in Indiana, Kasha interned two separate summers at Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel, where she cared for native species animals, taught children about animals and butterflies, and worked on programs and campfires. “My internships have been a great way to learn while on the job. It’s an amazing experience,” she says.

Planning a Career

Kasha's internships helped her focus on career choices. Now she's planning to attend law school after graduation to earn an Environmental Law Degree. It sounds like a perfect way to connect her career with the environment she loves.

“I hope to one day help both the environment and disadvantaged populations by practicing environmental law, specifically focusing on environmental justice," she says. "The enforcement of sustainable practices and equality can lead to a healthier environment and healthier population for all.”

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) 494-4786

College of Agriculture

Careers in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (multiple concentrations)

  •   Environmental consultant
  •   Wetland scientist
  •   Field chemist
  •   Species conservation specialist
  •   Hydrologist
  •   Surveyor
  •   Ecological risk assessor
  •   Health and safety manager
  •   Environmental attorney
  •   Industrial engineer
  •   Environmental hygienist
  •   Pollution control director
  •   Soil conservationist

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