Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Concentration
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
How will humanity feed a growing population? How do agricultural markets function? What role does agribusiness play in markets at home and abroad? Can environmental costs be measured and mitigated? How will the world’s scarce natural resources be allocated? These are a few of the issues that agricultural and resource economists deal with every day.

Agricultural economics focuses on the production and marketing of agricultural products while natural resource economics focuses on the supply and demand for natural resources, and the impacts of economic activity on resource availability and the environment. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding agricultural and resource issues, predicting the likely effects of government policies and regulations, and devising solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems. Most decisions by governments, businesses, or individuals must weigh tradeoffs or balance costs and benefits. Most human endeavors involve the production, distribution, or consumption of goods and services.

The curriculum in Agricultural Economics concentration begins with classes in agricultural economics, physical and biological sciences, and technical agriculture. During junior and senior years, students select courses in advanced agricultural economics, mathematics, statistics, and economic theory. In the Natural Resource Economics concentration, agricultural and natural resource economics, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences are required the first two years. Juniors and seniors complete advanced classes in natural resource economics, economic theory, statistics and mathematics. In addition to economics courses, the Farm and Ranch Management concentration requires courses in physical and biological sciences, technical agriculture and business.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Good written and oral communication skills
* Desire to understand how political and social contexts affect behavior
* A strong interest in agriculture or natural resources
* A strong interest in economic and social issues
* Aptitude for mathematics and logic
* Analytical and critical thinking ability
* Creative problem solving ability
* Ability to identify key issues
* Ability to integrate a variety of concepts

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Agricultural 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. Students in the Farm and Ranch Management concentration find careers in management, marketing of agricultural products and sales of feed, fertilizer and other inputs to farmers and ranchers. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations might include:
* Financial analyst
* Foreign trade analyst
* Market forecaster
* Commodities/stock broker
* Agriculture production analyst
* Energy resource analyst
* Environmental researcher/analyst
* Agriculture and resource policy analyst
* Natural resource analyst
* Environmental pollution analyst
* Environmental policy analyst
* Economic analyst/forecaster
* Land use planner
* Overseas development specialist
* Rural Community Organizer
* Community development specialist
* Extension agent
* Wholesaler, importer or exporter
* Feedlot manager
* Manager of agricultural business
* Farm/ranch manager
* Farm machinery company representative
* Agricultural loan officer
* Livestock feed marketing representative
* Livestock pharmaceutical product representative
* Commodity futures broker
* Farm and ranch appraiser
* Farm and ranch appraiser
* Agricultural consultant
* Agricultural statistician

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Agricultural and Resource Economics Club
* Agribusiness Association
* Agricultural Sciences College Council

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (DARE)
B320 Clark Building
1172 Campus Code
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1172
970-491-6325
http://dare.colostate.edu/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1032
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu/
* Major and career exploration, job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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