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
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:
- Health Economist
- Environmental Marketing and Behavior Specialist
- Environmental Technician
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Lawyer
- Environmental Manager