Natural resources and environmental engineers work with all kinds of natural resources, like water, soil, plants, and air. For example, they could be responsible for the design of livestock or wildlife watering stations in a natural forest or the design of a recycling waste management system on a dairy farm. Graduates find challenging and rewarding work with engineering and environmental consultants, with government agencies like the Forest Service, and with companies such as Valmont Irrigation and Creative Habitat.

Conserving soil and water resources is critical to our future. Expanding populations and increasing needs for food, goods, and services are placing an ever growing demand upon our precious soil and water resources. Natural resources and environmental engineers are finding ways to manage and conserve our resources today so that we can meet the demands of the future.

Major Requirements
Common Requirements53
Specialization & Technical Electives43
Capstone5
Total Credits101

Common Requirements

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Natural Resources and Environment Specialization

This is a named option that will appear on the student's transcript upon completion.

BSE/CIV ENGR/SOIL SCI 372 On-Site Waste Water Treatment and Dispersal2
BSE 472 Sediment and Bio-Nutrient Engineering and Management3
BSE 473 Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design2
BSE 571 Small Watershed Engineering3
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
CIV ENGR 310 Fluid Mechanics3
or M E 363 Fluid Dynamics
BSE 201 Land Surveying Fundamentals1
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
or M E 306 Mechanics of Materials
ENVIR ST/GEOG/SOIL SCI 230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource3
or SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science
Select one of the following BSE breadth courses:2-3
Renewable Energy Systems
Rheology of Foods and Biomaterials
Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources
Food and Bioprocessing Operations
Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery
Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles
Food and Pharmaceutical Separations
Total Credits25-26

Technical Electives

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Capstone

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Sample Biological Systems Engineering Four-Year Plan—Natural Resources and Environment Specialization

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2215MATH 2224
E P D 1552SOIL SCI 301 or 2303-4
CHEM 10915COMP SCI 3103
General Education Course3INTEREGR 170 or 1102
 Biological Sciences Course3
 15 15-16
Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E M A 2013STAT 3243
MATH 2344BSE 3493
BSE 2493PHYSICS 2025
BSE 2703BSE 4723
BSE 2011BSE 3081
General Education Course3 
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 3203E P D 3973
BSE 4732E M A 3033
CIV ENGR 3103BSE 5082
BSE/​CIV ENGR/​SOIL SCI  3722BSE 5713
I SY E 3133General Education Courses3
Technical Elective3BSE 3653
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BSE 5093Technical Electives6
M E 3613General Education Courses6
Technical Elective3Free Elective Course3
BSE Breadth Requirement3 
General Education Course3 
 15 15
Total Credits 30