Environmental Economics and Management
The Environmental Economics and Management major prepares students for public and private positions in natural and environmental resource analysis and management. EEM majors are trained to understand and appreciate the economic and non-economic aspects of resource and environmental problems, including social, ecologic, physical, and legal considerations.
EEM majors can serve effectively as members of interdisciplinary teams involved in resource and environmental management, planning, and analysis. An EEM major is designed for individuals who desire to "make a difference" when it comes to wise, efficient, and productive management of public and private natural and environmental resources.
As EEM majors, students will receive strong training in economic theory, resource economics, environmental economics, and quantitative decision-making techniques. Students will learn how to apply theory and techniques to "real world" resource and environmental problems. As part of the core curriculum, students take courses in physical science, ecology, environmental health, management, and law. These and other courses provide students with the background necessary to work effectively with the variety of professionals from many fields involved in resource and environmental management. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students may choose to specialize in a particular area of natural and environmental resource management, including water resource management, conservation, regional or community development, or management of public or private resources. As part of the degree program, students may participate in practical internships with public or private resource and environmental management organizations and firms.
The linkages between economic activity and natural and environmental resources will be a major local, national, and global issue of concern in the coming decades. Natural resource and environmental problems create a demand for individuals who can offer alternative solutions to these problems. Government job opportunities currently include management, planning, and analysis positions with federal, state, and local government agencies. Private company opportunities include similar positions with utility; companies, banks, consulting firms, and resource management companies. An EEM major also provides an excellent foundation for work on an advanced degree in natural resource and environmental management. An advanced degree may lead to a teaching, research, or public service career at a college or university, law school, or a position with a private research company.