NRES Overview

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Housed within the College of ACES, The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences educational and research programs center on science, applied ecology, and conservation in a variety of aquatic, terrestrial and human dominated ecosystems.

To put it simply, we’re focused on saving the world.

Degree Programs

Students on a class field day in a local forest

Our degree programs are built for people interested in restoring, preserving, and protecting life around the world.

As the global society becomes increasingly focused on more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, our graduates are in demand to coach companies on better practices, conserve what resources we have, and shepherd in logical regulatory changes.

Our undergraduate and graduate degree options prepare students for these careers with programs centered on wildlife, natural resources, and human interactions with the environment. While many alumni of our bachelor’s of science program have gone on to complete graduate degrees, the majority dive straight into their career paths.

Research

Woman from NRES standing with a Buffalo River Restoration Partnership sign

Our research programs actively address critical environmental issues facing the world. 

NRES world-renowned faculty represent a unique mix of disciplines ranging from ecologists to economists and lawyers. This diversity fosters a deep understanding of the complexities of modern environmental issues and their solutions. 

Our researches look into natural and social processes, such as habitat fragmentation, regulation, dispersal, disturbance, invasion, bioactivity, and decision-making. NRES also maintains key partnerships to ensure our research continues to best serve our local, regional, and global communities.

What we learn through our research becomes basis for our many outreach programs which serve to provide our communities with the resources to learn about forestry, horticulture, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture.

See for yourself

The ACES library
As part of the College of ACES, our students, faculty, and staff get to experience the feeling of a small school community while taking advantage of Big Ten campus opportunities. If you have questions or want to learn more about NRES, feel free to contact us.