Hours Required120 credit hours
Natural Resource Economics
Areas of FocusEnvironmental Economics, Energy Economics, Eco-Business and Sustainability, Water Economics
The Nebraska Difference
Own Your Experience
Customize your education by choosing from four programs, adding a minor or pursuing a certificate.
Find Opportunities to Grow
Attend industry tours, study abroad, join a student organization or conduct undergraduate research.
Build Connections to Create Your Future
Build Connections to Create Your Future Take courses designed to help you explore career paths, develop study skills and find resources.
Choose a Key Area
Choose one of four academic options in key career areas of natural resource and environmental economics—environmental economics, energy economics, eco-business and sustainability, and water economics.
Take Core Courses
You will take 12-13 hours of core natural resource courses. Additional courses in resource economics, law and policy give you valuable experience in applying economic principles to natural resource issues.
Customize Your Academic Experience
Flexibility provided by elective course blocks gives you an opportunity to add one or two minors to your major. Minors in areas such as community and regional planning, geology or natural resources help you customize academic programs to your unique interests and career goals.
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy (ENSC 230)
Economics of energy, including how production and consumption are determined; links between economic and environmental outcomes. Influence of economic, environmental and trade policy.
Resource and Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)
Application of economic principles to actual natural resource/environmental issues with focus on tradeoffs, cost and benefits and decision making.
Natural Resource and Environmental Law (NREE 357)
Environmental impact review, air and water pollution control, solid and hazardous waste control, endangered species and habitat preservation, land use regulation and more.
Natural Resources Policy (NRES 323)
Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis. Review and evaluate historical policy actions.
Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445)
Social benefit-cost analysis described and illustrated through applications to current agricultural and natural resource policy issues. Economic approaches to policy evaluation derived from welfare economics.
Resource and Environmental Economics II (NREE 465)
Application of resource economics concepts and empirical tools to resource management problems. Public policy issues involving environmental quality, land and water management.
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Outside the Classroom
Nicholas Brozović, Professor
Dr. Nicholas Brozović is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. His research areas include water resource management and policy, environmental and resource economics and entrepreneurship. Dr. Brozović earned a B.A. in Geology from Oxford University, an M.S. from the University of Southern California in Geological Sciences and an M.S. and PH.D. from the University of California–Berkeley in Agriculture and Resource Economics.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Learn from professionals in agricultural economics classrooms at all levels.
- Get first-hand advice from alumni related to course information, career direction and connections that lead to internship and employment opportunities or professional degrees.
- Earn credit while participating in education abroad programs or being on a student team that competes at a national level.
- The AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation course focuses on building skills and habits that help you grow personally and professionally. Students and alumni share experiences that were gamechangers for them.
- AECN 20, Seminar in Agricultural and Applied Economics, a sophomore-level course, provides a comprehensive understanding of agricultural economics careers, through parterning with Professionals throughout the industry.
- AECN 376 Rural Community Economics includes a team-based community-analysis project. Near the end of the semester, teams present recommendations to community leaders—real-world experience in a community setting.
- You will have many internship opportunities with organizations like environmental agencies, energy companies, policy-related organizations, community economic or rural development offices and more.
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