Environmental & Water Resource Economics

B.S. in Environmental & Water Resource Economics

Solving real-world economic challenges sustainably

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Transform the world through environment-friendly economic policies.

The B.S. in Environmental & Water Resource Economics prepares students to develop sustainable communities through more responsible and ethical economic policies. By studying subjects like law, history, climate assessment, policy and environmental resources, you’ll be ready to lead the economic changes needed to bring quality drinking water and resources to communities. This degree will prepare you to work with private firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and schools, or continue your studies in graduate school.

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences offers $1 million in scholarships to our students! Combine these options with university scholarships and support from privately funded scholarships and you're well on your way to achieving your educational goals at a price you can afford.

Students in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics have exclusive access to nearly $7,500 program-specific scholarships, awarded from 4 different scholarships -- in addition to $230,000 in scholarships that are available to all or most CALES students.

A degree in Environmental & Water Resource Economics prepares you for careers in applied finance, policy and economic analysis. It also can serve as a springboard for graduate school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023 median pay for business and financial careers was $79,050. Similar careers include:

  • Environmental educator: Plan events and programs to educate the next generation about environmental issues and encourage thoughtful stewardship of the natural world.
  • Water quality manager: Monitor and oversee compliance of safe, quality drinking water while guiding optimal, efficient water systems.
  • Environmental economic policy analyst: Work as a political scientist to understand the effects of policies and assist government agencies or private corporations with business decisions relevant to the environment.
  • Legal assistant/paralegal: Assist environmental law attorneys with a full range of legal support work, including research, analysis, drafting legal documents, trial preparation, and records and case management.
  • Geographic information system specialist: Build, maintain, and analyze GIS databases and create interfaces and programs, such as maps, for environmental and education purposes.

The B.S. in Environmental & Water Resource Economics gives you access to courses that prepare you for a lucrative career in applied economics and finance, such as:

Economics of Food and Agriculture: Sustainable Solutions for a Changing World
The Food Economy – Efficiencies, Gaps and Policies
Economics of the Natural Environment
Economics of Futures Markets
Economics of Policy Analysis
Economic Analysis of Water, Food & Environmental Policies