The Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) major is an interdisciplinary program that is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and field experiences necessary for a career in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental consulting, or for graduate work and training. The curriculum provides exposure to the key disciplines in the natural and social sciences that are essential for finding solutions to environmental issues and the management of natural resources. Students tailor their program to their interests by selecting an Analytical Skill Development option area and an Environmental Systems Emphasis Area as key elements of their degree program. Throughout the program there is an emphasis on experiential learning through a three-week summer camp, off-campus internships and independent research projects.
As an interdisciplinary degree, oversight for the program is provided by a Steering Committee made up of faculty from five departments with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.