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?
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.