Natural Resources and Environmental EconomicsCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

Increased public awareness of environmental issues, new environmental regulations, growing costs of compliance with these regulations, and significant penalties for violating them mean that the need for employees with training in environmental and natural resource economics is expanding rapidly.

The Natural Resource and Environmental Economics major combines in-depth study of the natural sciences with economics, law and other social sciences. In addition, the program emphasizes the assessment of public policies regulating the use of natural resources and environmental amenities.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, you are prepared for careers in:

  • Natural Resource Management-Private and Public Sectors
  • Environmental Analysis and Consulting
  • Governmental Environmental Services-Local, State, and Federal
  • Environmental Policy Development and Implementation
  • Environment-centered Business Entrepreneurship and Management
  • International Agriculture and Development
  • Analysis and Decision-Making in Not-For-Profit Environmental Organizations
  • Graduate or Law school

The NEBRASKA difference

  • One of the few programs nation-wide which integrates economic value as a component of natural resource management and decision making.
  • UNL is one of only a few land grant programs that combine both agricultural sciences and natural resources in one college to give you an appreciation for preservation of resources and the need to effectively meet the demand for research, production, processing, distribution and management of food supplies worldwide.
  • Internship experiences provide you with valuable educational experiences outside the traditional classroom setting.
  • Excellent pre-environmental law program which integrates a number of undergraduate law courses.
  • As a student in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, you will work closely with the UNL School of Natural Resources. School faculty members teach and advise students and are from a number of academic disciplines across campus.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln split-campus environment allows you to choose a campus feel that fits you. With classes on both campuses, you'll experience the smaller college environment of East Campus and the busier, more cosmopolitan feel of City Campus.

The Department of Agricultural Economics, home to the Natural Resource and Environmental Economics major, is located on East Campus in H.C. Filley Hall where you will find student computer labs, a research/reading library, and an Undergraduate Program Office dedicated to helping you find the perfect mix of opportunities and learning experiences to develop and meet your career goals. You also have access to resources and faculty in the School of Natural Resources, also located on East Campus.