Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences


What is Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences?

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences provides an active, hands-on, scientific education that prepares you to address critical environmental issues facing the world. This interdisciplinary major brings biological, physical, and social science together to improve the sustainability of urban, managed, and natural ecosystems on both a local and global scale. As a Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences student, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of ecosystem processes and human interactions before building your expertise in one of the following concentrations: Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Global Change and Landscape Dynamics, Human Dimensions of the Environment, and Resource Conservation and Restoration Ecology. You’ll also take at least two field courses, providing you hands-on experience to build important research and management skills.

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


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


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