Why Study Agricultural Engineering - Natural Resources and Environmental Systems?

Major | Agriculture Engineering/​Engineering/​Agriculture | CAFES

As a student in the agricultural engineering - natural resources and environmental systems (NRES) option, you'll learn how to analyze and design systems to manage our water resources, agricultural systems and soil in an environmentally responsible, sustainable manner. You'll learn how to design waterways, storm water management practices, feedlot treatment systems to prevent pollution, irrigation and drainage systems and wetland restorations.

Program Details

Internships are a key way to put skills learned in the classroom to use while gaining invaluable hands-on experience. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) maintains a strong internship program with students being placed at companies throughout the Midwest. Internship partners include companies and organizations such as Natural Resources Conservation Service, engineering consultants, Department of Natural Resources and Board of Water and Soil Resources. 


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As you get to be a junior or senior, you'll start to see the material from your freshman or sophomore year being applied in other courses. I found it rewarding to finish a course or apply a previous concept to a new course. Since graduation, I have most enjoyed research to develop solutions to current water quality problems.
Lindsey Murry, '18

Agricultural Engineering - Natural Resources and Environmental Systems

cafes@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3535

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Area of Study:

Agriculture Engineering/​Engineering/​Agriculture

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet needs while taking into consideration a variety of global, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively  with a wide range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments that consider all impacts.
  • Function effectively in a team setting, provide leadership, create collaborative and inclusive environments, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.

Types of Courses

  • Applied Hydrology
  • CAD for Civil Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Project Management
  • Structural Analysis Design
  • Surveying
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Agricultural Student tends to a tower garden in the campus greenhouse

Potential Careers

Depending on your interest area, potential roles could include:

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Water Resources, Water Quality or Waste Management Engineer

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