Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Natural Resources and 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

82% employed or continuing education

59% employed after graduation

22% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$32,944 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Natural History Survey, AmeriCorps, Argonne National Laboratory View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, New York Law School View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong science and math coursework and performance
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

67% four-year graduation rate

83% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,008
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,158


  • Tuition: $33,128
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,618


  • Tuition: $34,076
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,566