Environmental Economics and Management (B.S.)

The Environmental Economics and Management program prepares you for a career that requires balancing environmental sustainability and economic development goals. The major is a broad, integrated study of environmental economics, public finance, economic development, community and regional studies and environmental science. 

The major also offers students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in environmental economics or environmental policy studies programs.


Core areas of study include:

  • Economic analysis.
  • Basic environmental science.
  • Environmental law and policy.
  • Micro- and macroeconomics.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Environmental Economics and Management.

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Environmental Economics and Management Graduates


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Job placement rate

Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

Environmental economists and policy managers are in high demand, and an increasing amount of pressure is applied on environmental issues.

Environmental and Economics Management prepares students for a variety of career paths.

  • Environmental consultant.
  • Environmental economics analyst.
  • Environmental or industry lobbyist.
  • Land conservancy director.
  • Legislative assistant.
  • Resource management specialist.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with environmental economics professionals, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in environmental economics and management fields.

Chris Semrinec on study abroad

Leading Environmental Economics at MSU and Beyond

December 11, 2017

Chris Semrinec, Environmental Economics and Management senior and founder of the Sustainable Business Association at MSU, is helping make the new AFRE major known to the industry

Pummell working to clean up campus with fellow students.

Exploring “Green” Paths at MSU

January 22, 2018

Through courses, clubs, and connections, first-year student Holly Pummell is finding ways to "Go Green."

Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education Club.
  • Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE).
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
  • National Agri-Marketing Association.
  • Sustainable Business Association.

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Natural Resources Majors

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (B.S.)

    This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.

  • Entomology (B.S.)

    Courses are designed to give the student an understanding of the structure, classification, identification, function, biology, ecology, and management of beneficial and harmful arthropods, and the communities and ecosystems where insects occur.

  • Environmental Economics and Management (B.S.)

    Environmental Economics and Management is a broad, integrated study of environmental economics, public finance, economic development, community and regional studies and environmental science.

  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability (B.S.)

    Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.

  • Fisheries and Wildlife (B.S.)

    Fisheries and Wildlife concentrations include conservation biology, wildlife biology and management, fisheries biology and management, water sciences, fish and wildlife disease ecology and management, and pre-veterinary.

  • Forestry (B.S.)

    The Forestry program prepares students to address pressing natural resource, environmental and energy issues through coursework in the biological and social sciences.

  • Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (B.S.)

    Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism is an interdisciplinary program integrating sustainability with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences related to natural resources recreation and tourism.