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Natural Resource Economics

The Breakdown

Undergraduate programs in natural resource economics focus on overlap between economic development and natural resources. Specifically, students will learn how to apply economic concepts and methods to the analysis of issues such as environmental pollution, land use planning, waste management, pest control/invasive species management and environmental conservation efforts and policies. They will study and learn how to apply cost-benefit analysis, perform environmental impact assessments, evaluate alternative resource management strategies, and monitor and assess natural resource policies.

Nuts and Bolts

Undergraduate students in natural resource economics typically take classes such as:

•    Natural Resource Policy
•    Environmental and Resource Economics
•    Agricultural and Natural Recourse Law
•    Agricultural Economics
•    Sustainable Development, Trade and the Environment
•    Fish and Wildlife Economics
•    Economics of Climate Change

Decisions, Decisions

As you might expect, there is significant overlap with the fields of environmental studies, environmental science, sustainability studies, economics, development economics, international agriculture, agriculture and natural resource management/conservation.

What's Next

Many employment opportunities exist within the federal and state agencies involved in environmental, natural resource and agricultural issues, however there are also opportunities with private consulting companies, large agricultural corporations and not-for-profit environmental organizations.  Further studies at the graduate level will also open doors into higher-level academic/research opportunities.


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