Economics, Environment and Sustainability

Combined Major in Economics, Environment and Sustainability

Economics, Environment and Sustainability is a new major combining the study of economics and environmental science, exploring the relationship between politics, economics, society and the major environmental challenges we face today. 

What is Economics, Environment and Sustainability?

Economics, Environment and Sustainability is the study of environmental science and sustainability through an economics lens. You’ll follow current trends in international and domestic environmental policies and sustainable development, explore the scientific side of environmental challenges while understanding and utilizing environmental and economic data.

What You’ll Learn

As an economics, environment and sustainability major, you will take a combination of courses from our Economics major and Environmental Science major. You will:

  • Explore how ecological and environmental economics can help explain the environmental challenges we face today
  • Study the distributive and social justice issues underlying the topics of the economy and the environment
  • Identify the most challenging issues in the topic of sustainability, ranging from how humanity can grapple with inequality, poverty, and human well-being in the context of climate change and other environmental problems
  • Explore the social and ecological relationships involved in the problems of resource allocation, production, exchange and distribution
  • Understand the linkages between globalization, national economics, and environmental issues

Career Options

Gaining this degree will enable you to take the lead in resource and environmental management and change the planet. Many of those students go to graduate school to study environmental economics for a master’s or doctorate. Some begin their careers in environmental economics with energy businesses, private evaluation firms, and governmental departments within the public sector. 

Potential career paths for economics, environment and sustainability majors upon graduation include:

  • Economist
  • Health Economist
  • Environmental Marketing and Behavior Specialist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Manager

Combined Major Benefits

Dedicated Advising

You can expect to work with a dedicated advisor for both your academic and career needs throughout your college experience at Merrimack.

Combined Skills

By pursuing a combined major, students will have the opportunity to build multiple skill sets across a range of in-demand disciplines throughout their experience.

Affinity Group Status

Combined major students are given affinity group status, so you get access to specific resources across campus.

Guaranteed Internships

The O’Brien Center for Career Development and your career advisor will work to place you in a guaranteed internship, typically during junior year.

Courses You’ll Take

Graphic Design Major Curriculum

Graphic Design Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

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Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.

More Information

Nancy Wynn
Associate Professor and Chair
Visual and Performing Arts
Graphic Design Program Director
978-837-3433 | email