Environmental and Resource Economics Major B.S.

Environmental and Resource Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics Major B.S.

Program Overview

What is environmental resource economics?

The environmental and resource economics degree program uses applied economic theory to study problems that impact land use, water, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and local communities. Students concentrate in one of the following areas: environmental and natural resource economics, agricultural economics, community economics or public resource policy. This major is well-suited to students who are interested in determining how best to conserve natural resources and protect the environment and want to understand how to evaluate competing interests and risks.

Why study environmental resource economics at UNH?

Students work closely with faculty and are encouraged to participate in research projects or UNH’s EcoQuest program in New Zealand. Upon graduation, students are qualified for a wide variety of opportunities within a field that has a 98 percent employment rate. Private business, public institutions and government agencies currently have a strong demand for specialists trained in natural resource development; land and water use policy; natural resource and small business management; agricultural, fisheries and forestry marketing; and community development.

Potential careers

  • Agricultural, fisheries and forestry marketing
  • Community development
  • Environmental conservation
  • Environmental planning and consulting
  • Land- and water-use policy making
  • Retail insurance and financial agencies

Contact

John M. Halstead

Program Coordinator for Environmental and Resource Economics
Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3914
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 138, Durham, NH 03824
Natural Resources and the Environment
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1022

Curriculum & Requirements

Students majoring in environmental and resource economics will normally concentrate in one of the following three areas: environmental and natural resource economics, agricultural economics, or community economics. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, and other special student activity). In addition, students must satisfy University requirements, including those for the Discovery Program. 

Upon graduation, students are qualified for a wide variety of opportunities. Private business, public institutions, and government agencies currently have a strong demand for specialists trained in natural resource development; land and water use policy; natural resource and small business management; agricultural, fisheries, and forestry marketing; and community development. In many cases, students may wish to improve their qualifications by pursuing more specialized graduate studies.

Required Courses
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 605Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 611Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis4
or ECON 635 Money and Banking
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives (or equivalent) 14
EREC 525Statistical Methods and Applications4
EREC 601Agribusiness Economics and Management4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences
Select at least five of the following, two must be 700 level:
EREC 535Being a Locavore4
EREC 572Introduction to Natural Resource Economics4
EREC 606Land Economics Perspectives: Uses, Policies, and Taxes4
EREC 627Community Economics4
EREC 680Agricultural and Food Policy4
EREC 708Environmental Economics4
EREC 756Rural and Regional Economic Development4
EREC 760Ecological-Economic Modeling for Decision Making4
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 643Economics of Forestry4
CEP 614Fundamentals of Planning4
CEP 777Topics in Community Planning4
TOUR 767Social Impact Assessment4
Capstone
The capstone can be fulfilled through a course (EREC 708, EREC 756, EREC 760, CEP 777 or TOUR 767), or a created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors theses, mentored research projects in EREC 795, EREC 799, and other special student activities)

Students are encouraged to consider adding additional courses from the economics (ECON) department to their program.  In special cases, students may petition to have these courses, particularly ECON 706 and ECON 726, substitute for major EREC electives.

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Xi Sigma Pi is facilitated through the UNH NREN department. Its goal is to unite likeminded individuals through service and fraternal spirit through a shared enjoyment of the environment. In addition, members receive recognition for their service by earning a cord to wear during graduation. Opportunities to take up leadership roles and give back to the NREN department are abundant.

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