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Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment is the only college specializing in natural resource education, research, and outreach in Virginia. Our departments and programs consistently rank among the top in the country. We have built upon our existing strengths to become an innovative leader in environmental and natural resource science, discovering and sharing the knowledge needed to sustainably manage our resources for future generations.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment contains four different departments. Those departments currently offer eight undergraduate majors and a variety of options within those majors. Our science-based programs address the social and human elements of resource management and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. Our graduates are prepared to take an active role in finding new and better ways to use, conserve, and sustain the world’s vital natural resources. Further information about our undergraduate majors can be found in Majors at a Glance.

Our rigorous graduate programs provide training in both theoretical and applied aspects of natural resources, producing well-rounded graduates ready to tackle conservation and management issues. For more information on the graduate degrees we offer, see Graduate Programs at a Glance.

CNRE faculty members are conducting relevant, timely, and cost-effective research on critical issues involving conservation, management, policy, and sustainable utilization of environmental and natural resources. For more information about our talented and innovative faculty, see the Faculty Expertise Guide and the Faculty Directory.

Ground-breaking research is important, but sharing the research results with the people who need it is crucial. We strive to provide information needed by practicing professionals and the general citizenry of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world to improve the quality of their lives and the environment, as well as promote economic growth. Through Cooperative Extension, service learning, and distance learning programs, we engage with our community.

Working locally and internationally with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry, the CNRE community is contributing to the overall advancement of environmental conservation and natural resource management. Join us!

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like any additional information about CNRE. Learn more about CNRE history and enrollment in the CNRE Fact Sheet.


25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Spring Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017


Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.