A major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) from Ball State University requires 60 or 61 credits, dependent on the choice of your NREM Major Concentration. The Concentration in Environmental Management ten (10) credits from the Environmental Management Core Concentration list and twenty four (24) credits selected from two of the three specialization Clusters offered.  A major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management is the perfect complement to the Ball State University Core Curriculum for Undergraduate Study.

Concentration in Environmental Management (36 credits)

Environmental Management Concentration Required Courses (10 credits):

BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1 (4 credits)
BIO 313 – Microbiology (4 credits) OR CHEM 231 (4 credits)
CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2 (4 credits)

Choose 24 hours from at least 2 of the following Clusters


15 hours from one Cluster  plus  completion of 9 credits of electives approved by Advisor or Chairperson


15 hours from one Cluster  plus completion of minor approved by Advisor or Chairperson

Cluster: Environmental Remediation

NREM 346 – Indoor Environmental Quality (3 credits)
NREM 347 – Occupational and Industrial Hygiene (3 credits)
EMHS 350 – Hazardous Materials (3 credits)
NREM 387 – Waste Management (3 credits)
NREM 488 – Site Assessment and Remediation (3 credits)

Cluster: Emergency Response

EMHS 351 – Introduction to Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3 credits)
EMHS 352 – Science of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Technologies (3 credits)
NREM 387 – Waste Management (3 credits)
EMHS 389 – WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Awareness (3 credits)
EMHS 469 – Professional Practice (1-6 credits)
EMHS 493 – Special Topic (1-6 credits)

Cluster: Soil and Water Conservation

NREM 304 – Sustainable Agriculture (3 credits)
NREM 320 – Wetland Characterization (3 credits)
NREM 324 – Soil Classification (3 credits)
NREM 357 -  International Community Development (3 credits)
NREM 372 – Applied Research Methods (3 credits)
NREM 385 – Wastewater Management (3 credits)
NREM 415 – Water Quality Management (3 credits)
NREM 422 – Soil Quality (3 credits)
NREM 427 – Soil Conservation Management (3 credits)

Course Substitution:

One or more of the following courses may be substituted for any of those within a Cluster with the approval of your Academic or the Departmental Chairperson.

NREM 299x – Experimental Topics (3-6 credits)
NREM 369 – Professional Practical Experience (1–3 credits)
NREM 390 – Honors Colloquium (1–3 credits)
NREM 402 – Field Study (1-6 credits)
NREM 497 – Special Studies (1-3 credits)

Seeking a major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a minor in another discipline requires prior consultation and approval by an Academic Advisor or the NREM Departmental Chairperson. Twenty six (26) credit hours must be completed from the ten (10) NREM Core Foundational and Required Courses. Nine (9) credits must be completed from one of the two NREM Concentrations required course lists. Fifteen (15) credits must be completed within a single cluster within a Concentration. Plus a student must complete ten (10) credit electives of an approved minor.

These requirements became effective Fall semester 2010. Students are expected to consult frequently with their assigned Academic Advisors or with the Department Chairperson for approval of electives, minors, or substitutions, and should seek professional advice from Academic Advisors concerning career or internship questions.