Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is the NRES Secondary Major?
- Why should I enroll in the NRES Secondary Major program?
- Who can participate in the program?
- Does the NRES Secondary Major add more credit hours?
- Is a secondary major like a minor?
- What will I learn in the NRES program?
- What are the academic requirements of the NRES Secondary Major?
- How do I participate?
- Who provides financial support for the NRES Secondary Major?
The NRES Secondary Major is an array of courses dealing with natural resources and environmental concepts taken by students interested in adding this academic emphasis to their primary major.
All NRES students must meet the entry, capstone, and block electives course requirements shown in this guide. 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.
This secondary major is open to all undergraduate students. Courses required for the NRES secondary major can be taken concurrently with your primary major.
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 extra qualifications for employment by enhancing the knowledge base of the primary major. Participation and completion of the NRES secondary major will be noted on your KSU transcript.
Minors are typically based within an existing discipline. Because resource and environmental issues are so broad and complex, they exceed the scope of any one discipline and are best addressed through an interdisciplinary secondary major.
The NRES program provides an interdisciplinary overlay for relevant primary majors. Its focus is to broaden students' perspectives, in part through course offerings and in part through interactions with students from other disciplines. The educational goal of the NRES secondary major is to prepare undergraduate students to apply broadly-based scientific knowledge to the use, management, sustainability, and quality of soil, air, water, mineral, biological, and energy resources.
All NRES students must meet the entry, capstone, and block electives course requirements listed on the Academic Requirements page of this website. In addition, a life science course must be completed as part of either the primary major or this secondary major.
Complete the available online enrollment form or make an appointment to meet with the Director, Dr. Shawn Hutchinson (164B Seaton Hall; 785-532-3414; firstname.lastname@example.org) to file application papers. An academic advisor will be then be assigned to assist students in meeting NRES requirements.
The NRES Secondary Major receives funds from the Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, and College of Arts & Sciences to support annual operations. The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering currently supplies one instructor each semester for the DAS/DEN/GENAG 582 NRES Capstone course. Administrative support is provided by the Department of Geography.