Environmental Economics and Policy Major

Most environmental and natural resource challenges are caused by human activity and government policy. Majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy allows you to study environmental sciences through the lens of human behavior and government policy, and to become an expert at identifying solutions to our current problems. You will learn that while policy and human behavior lie at the heart of many challenges, they are also our best hope for creating a better future.

With a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy, you will be an expert at identifying the role that humans play in environmental quality, as well as in developing the solutions.

Our approach is to combine data with rigorous theory.  With this degree, you will have a set of skills in theory, quantitative methods, and communication that are highly sought by employers in government, non-profits, and private industry.  An Environmental Economics and Policy degree also provides an excellent foundation on which to apply graduate school.  In short, this degree (offered both on campus and online) is a springboard to a variety of rewarding careers!

Core Requirements

You must take and pass (with a C- or higher) a core group of classes that will provide you with the economics, policy, and law background you need for success.  You also get to choose at least 5 electives from a list that will allow you to study with a broad focus or narrow in on your area of interest. You can see a full list of these classes on the Checksheet below.  We also offer some guidance on sequences of courses, or playlists, which give you suggestions on sets of courses that might lead you down different future paths.  As part of either of our degrees, you must complete an experiential learning offering – either an academic research project or an internship.


The following lists of courses provide suggestions for ways in which you might combine the offerings in EEP.  They are NOT required sequences, but rather intended to help you choose courses depending upon your career interests.  They won’t change the name of your major on your degree.  Click on the links below to see how you might schedule your courses to graduate in 4 years with a focus on quantitative analysis, environmental economics and policy, or policy and law.

Quantitative Analysis Playlist  Environmental Economics Policy Playlist  Policy and Law Playlist

Learn More

Contact Tjodie Richardson, our EEP Advisor

Checksheet for EEP

EEP Year-by-Year Info Sheet

Classes and Curriculum

Commitment to Diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Outcomes