Natural Resource Engineering Option

The Natural Resource Engineering option has an emphasis on protection of the environment from non-point source pollution.

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:

  • calculus
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • engineering mechanics: static forces, dynamic forces, strength of materials
  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • plant and animal biotechnology
  • statistics
  • economics
  • arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • speech communications
  • English
  • courses of the student's choosing in engineering science and design, biological sciences, and other technical electives.