Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics degree prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources. Economic analysis provides a strong basis for societal choices that directly and indirectly affect our environment. To strengthen their technical training, students concentrating in natural resource economics can simultaneously complete a second major in Natural Resource Management from the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will demonstrate:

•    Technical competency including appropriate use of economic theory in formulating analytical problems, identifying and gathering appropriate data, and employing appropriate economic methods to analyze those problems, utilizing appropriate available computer technology.

•    Ability to solve real-world problems beyond the pedagogical context. Students will be able to identify a problem and its scope, evaluate resources available to address the problem, formulate alternative solutions, and select the solution(s) most consistent with a stated objective.

•    Proficiency in oral and written communication including the ability to communicate critically and analytically at a professional level.

Potential Occupations

Environmental and resource economists are employed in a wide range of fields from education and research to business and government. Profit and non-profit organizations employ economists in overseas and community development, international relations, and environmental and conservation analyses. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.

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