Natural Resource Engineering Option
- About the BE Major
- Recommended Academic Plan
- For courses descriptions please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog
- Biological Engineering Advising Manual
Natural Resource Engineering is the application of engineering design and analysis to:
- Protection of the environment from non-point source pollution, including sediment loss, nutrient and chemical run-off, and stormwater management
- Protection of our natural resources, including stream restoration and bioremediation
Where Will You Get a Job as a Natural Resource Engineer (environmental engineer)?
Natural Resource Engineers are employed by environmental consulting firms, government service agencies such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and other groups that have a need for solving environmental problems.
What are Your Chances of Getting a Good Job?
Placement of students pursuing Natural Resource Engineering into career positions is close to 100 percent. The demand for our students exceeds the number graduating. Graduates are in demand regionally, nationally, and internationally.
What Courses Will You Take to become a Natural Resource Engineer?
Students pursuing Natural Resource Engineering take courses that provide a solid engineering foundation, with applications to environmental systems. We guarantee hands-on laboratory experiences in just about every major course! Specific Biological Engineering course topics include:
- environmental influences on biological systems
- modeling of biological and physical systems
- transport phenomena in biosystems
- properties of biological materials
- engineering elements of biochemistry and microbiology
- soil and water engineering
- stormwater and erosion control facility design
- measurement methods for natural resource engineering
- modeling of watershed systems
- land-based waste disposal
- instrumentation and measurement
- systems optimization
What Other Courses Will You Take at Penn State?
A student pursuing Natural Resource Engineering will take courses in the basic sciences, engineering sciences, communications, and liberal arts. Specific course topics include:
- engineering mechanics: static forces, dynamic forces, strength of materials
- fluid mechanics
- plant and animal biotechnology
- arts, humanities, and social sciences
- speech communications
- courses of the student's choosing in engineering science and design, biological sciences, and other technical electives.