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
Total Credits101

Common Requirements

See Major Requirements.

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 Water Management Systems3
BSE 571 Small Watershed Engineering3
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
CIV ENGR 310 Fluid Mechanics3
or M E 363 Fluid Dynamics
BSE 301 Land Information Management3
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
or M E 306 Mechanics of Materials
ENVIR ST/GEOG/SOIL SCI 230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource3-4
or SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science
Complete one of the following BSE breadth courses:3
Engineering Properties of Food and Biological Materials
Renewable Energy Systems
Intelligence and Automation in Agriculture
Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources
Food and Bioprocessing Operations
Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems
Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machinery
Engineering Principles of Off-Road Vehicles
Total Credits29-30

Technical Electives

See Major Requirements.


See Major Requirements.

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

First Year
MATH 22115MATH 2224
LSC 100 (or other COMM A)3BSE 170 or INTEREGR 1702-3
Humanities3Biological Sciences Course3
 Ethnic Studies3
 16 15-16
Second Year
MATH 2344STAT 3243
E M A 2013PHYSICS 2025
BSE 2493BSE 3081
BSE 2703BSE 3493
BSE 3013BSE 4723
 16 15
Third Year
BSE 3803BSE 3653
BSE 4733BSE 5082
MATH 3203BSE 5713
CIV ENGR 3103E M A 3033
Technical Elective3INTEREGR 397 (or other COMM B)3
 17 17
Fourth Year
BSE 5093Technical Electives6
M E 3613CALS International Studies3
BSE Breadth Requirement3Elective Courses6
Technical Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits 126-127

Students must complete at least 125 total credits to be eligible for graduation.


MATH course dependent on placement score and transfer credit evaluation.


If CHEM 103CHEM 104 are taken in place of CHEM 109, it is suggested to take CHEM 103 in the fall semester and CHEM 104 in the spring semester of the first year and move Biological Science to the fall semester of the second year. 


SOIL SCI 301 is offered Fall semesters and is a 4-credit alternative to SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST/​GEOG  230.