- Offered as:
- Specialization track in Economic Sciences
Environmental and resource economics, a specialization option in the economic sciences major, applies economic and management decision tools to issues in forest management, water use, pollution, land use, fisheries, recycling, and hazardous wastes. Professionals in this field learn to make decisions that balance the considerations of protecting, restoring, developing, and allocating natural resources for the most benefits to society.
- Strengths of the program
- Attend small classes that offer individual attention, including course and career advising.
- Faculty in the department collaborate with colleagues in industry, government, and the law to help students find internships, employment, and post-graduate study.
- Learn from involved experts in environmental and natural resource economics, law, and policy.
- Explore special interests with electives that complement minors in pre-law, forestry, wildlife management, and bio-chemistry.
- Develop entrepreneurial skills essential to integrate sound environmental and resource management into standard business decisions.
- Learn to use the cutting-edge economic tools of leaders in environmental policy, sustainable resource management, and the regulatory process.
- Signature courses
A few of the core courses that define the environmental and resource economics curriculum:
Aspect of Sustainable Development
Natural Resource Economics
Economic Analysis of Environmental and Natural Resource Policies
Managing the Global Environment
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For environmental and resource economics and management students
Scholarships are available from the School of Economic Sciences for those who qualify.
Both the School of Economic Sciences and the University assist in locating summer and career employment. Many students participate in the summer internship program, earning both college credit and a salary.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
A degree in environmental and resource economics and management prepares students for professional careers in the following:
• Environmental law
• Private businesses in natural resource industries (forest, marine fisheries, sea food, marketing, agriculture, waste management, mining, and land and water management firms)
• State and federal resource management agencies (National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
• Non-governmental organizations (Environmental Defense Fund, Resources for the Future, and Nature Conservancy)
• Environmental regulatory agencies (Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Ecology)
• Private consulting firms involved in regulatory compliance, economic impact assessment, planning, and policy
• Environmental marketing and eco-labeling (The Food Alliance)