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As a student in CNRE, you get the best of both educational worlds – Virginia Tech offers the benefits of large, diverse university, while CNRE provides the more personalized educational experience of a smaller college. Our college takes great pride in the role we play to help shape the next generation of natural resource and environmental professionals, and that pride shows in our approach to teaching.

Some of CNRE’s unique educational opportunities:

  • First-Year Experience: This First Year Experience Course, NR 1114, provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of career pathways from diverse programs while adjusting to and benefiting from campus life. With a focus on encouraging the engagement of the students in the work of the disciplines in the College, it helps students develop their sense of identity, relate to the College as their home, and encourage their involvement in undergraduate research, internships, study-abroad, and other relevant programs.
  • Forestry Ph.D.: The National Research Council recognized our doctoral degree in forestry as one of the leading degree programs in the United States. This was the highest ranked doctoral degree program at Virginia Tech.
  • Meteorology degree: A new major in CNRE, the meteorology program offers an exciting exploration of the climatic forces shaping our world.
  • Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR): The XMNR is not a new degree, but a new delivery method, similar to the executive MBA degree.
  • CNRE Leadership Institute: Twelve undergraduate students participated in the academic year experience that included a week-long trip to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, DC to meet with the leadership of agencies, associations, and NGOs.

Excellence in Teaching:

Many of our faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding teaching efforts:

  • John Boyer, instructor in geography, was the recipient of the Student’s Choice Award for Faculty Member of the Year, Student Alumni Associates.
  • Brian Murphy, professor in fisheries, received the Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholar Award and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.
  • Peter Storfza, instructor in geography, was awarded the XCalibur Award for innovative use of technology in the classroom.
  • John Seiler, professor of forestry, was awarded the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
  • David Carroll, instructor in geography, received the Favorite Faculty Award, Office of Residence Life.

Student Testimonials:

  • Charissa -- Wildlife Science major
  • Mary -- Fisheries Science major
  • Amie -- Natural Resources Recreation major
  • Nicholas -- Forestry major
  • Kristen -- Sustainable Biomaterials major
  • Aaron -- Forestry major
  • Tiffany -- Wildlife Science major
  • Erik -- Forestry major

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.