Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Do You Want to Improve the Management and Sustainability of our Natural Resources and Environment?
The Major in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources and the management of the natural environment. Economic analysis provides a strong basis to guide societal choices that directly and indirectly affect our environment. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding both environmental and natural resource issues, predicting the likely effects of government policies and regulations, and devising solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems.
This major differentiates from other programs of study that address natural resource management in that it focuses on weighing the private and public implications of choices that we make ranging from a local through a global scale. To broaden their technical training, students majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics can simultaneously complete a second major in Natural Resource Management, or other more specialized majors offered through the Warner College of Natural Resources.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- 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.
Where You’ll Find Us
- Natural Resources
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Conventional and Renewable Energy
- Environmental Pollution Analyst
- Environmental Researcher / Analyst
- Fish, Conservation, and Wildlife Biology
- Natural Resource Analyst
- Parks and Recreation
- Resource Policy Analyst