Becoming a Natural Resources and Environmental Science Student (NRES)

The Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) major is an interdisciplinary program that provides the knowledge, skills, and field experiences necessary for a career in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental consulting and other environmental work. 

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The NRES major carries a strong foundation in the natural sciences which prepares you for a variety of professions such as:

Conservation ScientistEnvironmental Law & Policy
Environmental Quality ManagerEnvironmental Scientist
Land Planning ConsultantNatural Resource Manager
Environmental EducatorSustainability Coordinator
Watershed ManagerWildlife Technician
Urban Planner

what you'll study

With coursework across the natural and social sciences, you can tailor this program to your interests by selecting both a skill and an environmental emphasis area as key elements of their degree program. The NRES program emphasizes experiential learning through summer camps, internships, research projects and more. Click the major sheet link to see the full academic plan for NRES students. 

advanced degrees

In addition to numerous job opportunities, upon completing a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science students will be well prepared to pursue graduate school or law school.

Potential Career Pathways

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 


Student Groups Associated with this Program

  • Environmental Science Club 

    join like-minded students that share a common interest in all things environmental; hiking, potlucks, service

  • UK Forestry Club
    promotes the practice of forestry, through involvement in conclave events, fire cats, tree plantings, and service

  • UK Greenthumb
    engaged in environmental activism on campus and beyond

  • Student Sustainability Council
    supervise the distribution of resources to responsibly advance the theory, practice and reality of sustainability 

Stories from NRES Students

Contact an Ambassador

Want to know more about this major?
Ask someone who knows first-hand.

  • Madison Moreno,
    Natural Resources and Environmental Science major
    from Yuma, AZ

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.