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Environmental and Resource Economics

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

Sample curriculum

FRESHMAN

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
APEC100

Sustainable Development

 

APEC135

Introduction to Data Analysis

 

APEC150

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

MATH221

Calculus I

 

ECON101

Introduction to Microeconomics

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

ENWC201

Wildlife Conservation Ecology

 

APEC100

Sustainable Development

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

SOPHOMORE

ECON103

Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

COMM212

Oral Communications in Business

 

ENGL312

Written Communications in Business

 

ECON308

Banking and Monetary Policy

 

STAT200

Basic Statistical Practice

 

 

Physical Science Requirement

 

 

University Multicultural Requirement

 

 

University and College Breadth Requirements

 

JUNIOR

APEC429

Community Economic Development OR

 

APEC406

Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy

 

APEC324

Introduction to Resource Economics

 

ECON300

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory OR

 

ECON301

Quantitative Microeconomic Theory

 

APEC343

Environmental Economics

 

 

Course in the College of Business and Economics

 

 

Physical Science Requirement

 

  University and College Breadth Requirements

SENIOR

APEC409

Research Methods II

 

ECON303

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

 

APEC450

Topics in Environmental Law

 

APEC480

Geographical Information Systems in Natural Resources Management

 

 

Cours in the College of Business and Economics

 

 

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