Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Bachelor of Science
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
How will humanity feed a growing population? How will the world’s scarce natural resources be allocated? Can environmental costs be measured and mitigated? These are a few of the issues that environmental and resource economists deal with every day.

The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics major prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources and the management of the natural 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 includes a range of classes about environmental and resource economics, biological sciences, as well as business and policy fundamentals. Calculus for management sciences, statistics, and econometrics are required.

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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 natural resources or agriculture
* A strong interest in economic and social issues
* Aptitude for mathematics and logic
* Analytical and critical thinking ability
* Creative problem solving ability
* Ability to integrate a variety of concepts

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Environmental 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. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.
* Environmental researcher/analyst
* Energy resource analyst
* 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
* Financial analyst
* Foreign trade analyst
* Market forecaster
* Extension agent

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* AgriBusiness Association
* Collegiate Farm Bureau
* Food Distribution and Research Society Case Study Team
* Farm Credit of Southern Colorado Student Board of Directors
* Ag Ambassadors
* Collegiate 4-H

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
B320 Clark Building
1172 Campus Code
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1172
970-491-6325
http://dare.agsci.colostate.edu/undergraduate/academic-programs/agricultural-economics-farm-and-ranch-mangement-natural-resources-economics/

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