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Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Why NRES?

Because natural resource and environmental issues tend to be extensive and complex, they exceed the scope of any single discipline.  The Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Secondary Major prepares students to apply broadly-based scientific knowledge to the use, management, sustainability, and quality of soil, air, water, mineral, biological, and energy resources.  Students in the NRES secondary major study environmental issues from a variety of academic viewpoints through coursework and interaction with students and professors from multiple disciplines. 

Increasing government, public, and corporate concerns about environmental affairs are producing career opportunities for individuals capable of dealing with the broad scope of natural resource and environmental problems.  The NRES secondary major provides students with extra qualifications for employment by enhancing the knowledge base provided by a student's primary major.            

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This secondary major is open to all undergraduate students.  Courses required for the NRES secondary major can be taken concurrently with your primary major.  All NRES students must meet the entry, capstone, and block electives course requirements listed on the Academic Requirements page in the K-State Undergraduate Catalog.  In addition, a life science course must be completed as part of either the primary major or this secondary major.  Completion of the NRES Secondary Major will be noted on Kansas State University transcripts.           

To enroll in the NRES program, complete the online enrollment form or make an appointment to meet with the director of the secondary major, Dr. Shawn Hutchinson to file the necessary application papers.  An academic advisor will be then be assigned to assist students in meeting NRES requirements.           

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