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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

 

Environmental and Resource Economics applies economic principles to the many and varied environmental and natural resource challenges facing our society today and in the future. In this major, you will study how human decisions impact our environment and natural resources, including issues involving land use, water supply, water quality, air quality, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. 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.

Areas of study

  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • 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
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Natural Sciences 

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
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Natural Resource Educator
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Control

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 environmental, agricultural, and natural resource challenges. You choose the advanced topics you want to study by choosing a concentration in either the Economics of Sustainability and Policy or Natural Resource Management. 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.

Get involved

 

Food Marketing Club

Ag Ambassadors
Agricultural College Council (AgCC)
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)
Alpha Zeta (AZ)
Animal Science Club
Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate FFA
Philadelphia Flower Show Club

Ducks Unlimited
The Entomology Club
Equestrian Team
Food Science Club
Horticulture Club

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)
The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

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

 

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

 

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
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

 

 

Electives

 

Sample curriculum - Natural Resource Management Concentration

APEC135

 

Introduction to Data Analysis
APEC150  

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources

 

CHEM101/103 or 102/104

General Chemistry

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

ENWC201

 

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology

MATH221

 

Calculus I
MATH222

Calculus II

 

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

APEC100

Sustainable Development

 

BISC207

Introductory Biology I

 

BISC208

Introductory Biology II

 

ECON101

Introduction to Microeconomics   

 

ECON103

Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

PLSC204/205

Introduction to Soil Science and lab

 

 

Group Requirement

 

  University and College Breadth Courses
APEC324

Resource Economics

 

APEC343

Environmental Economics

 

APEC480

Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Management

 

 

Group Requirements

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

APEC450

Topics in Environmental Law

 

 

Group Requirements

 

 

Electives

 

 

University and College Breadth Courses

 

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