Environmental Economics and Management

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.

Environmental Economics and Management Graduates

$30,870

Average starting salary

100%

Job placement rate

$25,000 – $42,000

Rough salary range

Data from MSU Spring 2017 Destination Survey


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

Related Minors

The Environmental Economics and Management minor is designed to serve students with majors in other fields who are interested in careers in environmental economics, management, and policy. You'll gain a fundamental knowledge of environmental science, policy, and economics.

Related minors:

  • Agribusiness Managment
  • Applied Development in International Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Food Industry Management
  • International Business
  • Law, Justice and Public Policy
  • Leadership in Integrated Learning (Bailey Scholar Program)
  • Philosophy and Law
  • Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Talk more with your advisor about minors and your areas of interest.


 

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