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.  Or, an Environmental Economics and Policy degree 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!

Learning Outcomes: 

Students graduating with an EEP degree will be able to:

1. Explain microeconomic theory at the intermediate level, including producer theory, how markets work and prices are formulated, market failure and its causes, and welfare theory.

2. Analyze natural resource and environmental management issues, including the management of specific resources (such as fishery, forests, land, and water), by applying economics theory and tools such as: a. Efficiency concepts and other criteria for evaluating environmental and resource management and policy. b. Externalities and imperfect market structures. c. Basic policy instruments to control externalities (including taxes, standards, subsidies, liability rules, and voluntary approaches.

3. Apply statistics and regression techniques to economic data and models and evaluate results.

4. Communicate the process and results of economic analysis of environmental and natural resource issues through a variety of written and oral methods.

5. Explain the legal system in the United States, particularly as it applies to environmental issues and natural resource use.

6. Explain the linkages between local and global environmental and natural resource issues and policy.

Career Paths: 
  • Policy Specialist
  • Program Manager
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Economic Analyst
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Land Use Planning
  • Marketing Coordinating
  • For those interested in Law School, Grad School, or an MBA program.
Learn more: 

Contact Tjodie Richardson, our EEP Advisor

Environmental Economics and Policy
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Department of Applied Economics
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus
Ecampus (Online)