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Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

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What is Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences?

This program provides an active, scientific education. Students will learn to address critical environmental issues facing the world. Our interdisciplinary major brings biological, physical, and social science together. With this degree, students can improve the sustainability of ecosystems on both a local and global scale. First, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of ecosystem processes and human interactions. Then, you'll build your expertise in one of the following concentrations:

• Ecosystem Stewardship and Restoration Ecology

• Environmental Science and Management

• Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

• Human Dimensions of the Environment

You’ll also take at least two field courses. Field courses build important research and management skills through hands-on experience.

Career Options

  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Government
  • Law
  • Management
  • Research
  • Restoration

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

58% employed after graduation

23% attending graduate school

2% volunteering

$32,436 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Natural History Survey, AmeriCorps, Arkansas Forestry Commission

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT Score

1240 - 1420 SAT Score

3.33 - 3.84 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,332
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,686

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,474
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,168

International

  • Tuition: $31,348
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,042
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