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Environmental and Resource Economics

Environmental and Resource Economics students

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Applied Economics and Statistics


Make a difference in the environment


The environment needs stewards like you to advocate on its behalf by applying economic principles and  techniques that have a distinct impact on the environment and natural resource management. Issues involving land use, water supply, water quality and the allocation of scarce natural resources are major concerns facing our society today. Do you have an interest in environmental and resource management, economic analysis, or weighing the costs and benefits of alternative environmental policies? We will provide you with a solid foundation in resource economics, business and the environment, topped with a range of data and analytical specialties. An optional sustainable development concentration focuses on allocating resources for the benefit of present and future generations and the international dimensions of such challenges across countries and cultures.

Areas of study

  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Economics of Biotechnology and New Technologies
  • Surveys and Economic Experiments
  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Community Economic Development

Career options

  • Economic Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Database Management
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Geographic Information System Analyst
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • U.S. agencies such as the Economic Resource Service

Graduate programs

  • Economics
  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Urban Affairs and Public Policy
  • Statistics
  • Economic Policy Analysis

What’s special about this program?

Want to acquire the skills that are in high demand in today’s job market?  This major provides you with a solid foundation in economic concepts and principles while applying them to the environment, agricultural, and natural resource fields.  Couple that with the knowledge in applied data management, statistical and public policy analysis using real data to address real problems and you will find yourself working as a leader in the field.  Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects involving land use, agricultural preservation, environmental stewardship, marketing of organic or natural products, community economic development, and agricultural trade and marketing are accessible to you as a student in the major.  Our unique, state-of-the-art Center for Experimental and Applied Economics allows students to study, develop, and conduct experiments in behavioral economics, which will open your eyes and build your confidence in making decisions that impact the environment in your future career!

Get involved


Ag Ambassadors
Agricultural College Council (AgCC)
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)
Alpha Zeta (AZ)
Animal Science Club
Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate FFA
Design Articulture (DART)
Ducks Unlimited
The Entomology Club
Equestrian Team
Food Science Club
Horticulture Club
National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA)
Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)
Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)
The Wildlife Society

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Sample curriculum



First Year Experience

Sustainable Development



Introduction to Data Analysis



Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources



Calculus I



Introduction to Microeconomics



Seminar in Composition



Wildlife Conservation Ecology



Sustainable Development



Foreign Language Course



University and College Breadth Courses



Introduction to Macroeconomics



Oral Communications in Business



Written Communications in Business



Banking and Monetary Policy



Basic Statistical Practice



Physical Science Requirement



University Multicultural Requirement



University and College Breadth Requirements



Community Economic Development OR



Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy



Introduction to Resource Economics



Intermediate Microeconomic Theory OR



Quantitative Microeconomic Theory



Environmental Economics



Course in the College of Business and Economics



Physical Science Requirement


  University and College Breadth Requirements

Research Methods II



Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory



Topics in Environmental Law



Geographical Information Systems in Natural Resources Management



Cours in the College of Business and Economics