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Advisers Globus-Harris, Klotz
The environmental economics major program focuses on the relationships between the economic system and the natural environment, including the use of the natural environment as an economic asset and the impact on the natural environment of the economic system. In addition to courses stressing economic analysis, the major program includes a study of the relevant sciences, humanities and other social sciences.
This major is part of the Environmental Studies (ENST) Program and is designed for students who are interested in analyzing environmental issues using the framework of economics. Students take a set of courses in the ENST program as well as economics courses that have an environmental emphasis but also provide breadth in economics. The ENST courses focus on interdisciplinary approaches to ethical, natural scientific, and social scientific aspects of environmental issues.
For students graduating in the Class of 2025 and earlier, please refer to prior University Catalog requirements.
The major program consists of the following requirements:
Environmental Studies Courses (seven)
All of the Following
- ENST 200╠ř-╠řEnvironmental Science: Challenges and Solutions ╠ř▓╣▓ď╗ň ENST 200L╠ř
- ENST 202/PHIL 202╠ř-╠řEnvironmental Ethics ╠ř
- ENST 450╠ř-╠řCommunity-based Study of Environmental Issues
One of the following introductory environmental science courses:
- CHEM 100╠ř-╠řThe Chemistry of Altered and Natural Environments
- ENST 240╠ř-╠řSustainability: Science and Analysis
- GEOG 231╠ř-╠řGeography of the Physical Environment
- GEOL 101╠ř-╠řEnvironmental Geology
- GEOL 102╠ř-╠řSustainable Earth
- GEOL 135╠ř-╠řOceanography and the Environment
- GEOL 190╠ř-╠řEvolution of Planet Earth
One of the following environmental justice courses:
Other required courses (two):
- One course from the Arts and Humanities Courses Related to the Environment╠řlist.
- One course from the Environmental Studies Depth Electives╠řlist.
Economics Courses (seven)
All of the Following
- ECON 151╠ř-╠řIntroduction to Economics
- ECON 251╠ř-╠řIntermediate Microeconomics (with a minimum grade of C)
- ECON 252╠ř-╠řIntermediate Macroeconomics (with a minimum grade of C)
- ECON 375╠ř-╠řApplied Econometrics (with a minimum grade of C)
- ECON 483╠ř-╠řSeminar in Resource and Environmental Economics (or, with permission of the major adviser and program director, another economics seminar with a research project focused on an environmental or resource issue)
- MATH 105╠ř-╠řIntroduction to Statistics
One of the Following
In order to declare an environmental economics major, students must have first earned a grade of C or better in either ECON 251╠řor ECON 252. Students who declare a major while enrolled in one of these courses may file "provisional" major declarations. Students with a grade lower than C in ECON 251, ECON 252, or ECON 375╠řmay not declare an environmental economics until a grade of C or higher is earned.
Honors and High Honors
Environmental Economics students interested in pursuing honors follow the same process outlined for honors in Economics; see the catalog listing for the Economics major and consult your academic advisor for more details.
Environmental Studies Program
For more information about the department, including Faculty,╠řtransfer credit, awards, etc.,╠řplease visit the╠řEnvironmental Studies program╠řcatalog╠řpage.