48 months
31712 USD/year
31712 USD/year
12432 USD/year
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The major in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Colorado State University prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources and the management of the natural environment. 

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Economic analysis provides a strong basis to guide societal choices that directly and indirectly affect our environment. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding both environmental and natural resource issues, predicting the likely effects of government policies and regulations, and devising solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems.

This major in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Colorado State University  differentiates from other programs of study that address natural resource management in that it focuses on weighing the private and public implications of choices that we make ranging from a local through a global scale. To broaden their technical training, students majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics can simultaneously complete a second major in Natural Resource Management, or other more specialized majors offered through the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will demonstrate:

  • Technical competency including appropriate use of economic theory in formulating analytical problems, identifying and gathering appropriate data, and employing appropriate economic methods to analyze those problems, utilizing appropriate available computer technology.
  • Ability to solve real-world problems beyond the pedagogical context. Students will be able to identify a problem and its scope, evaluate resources available to address the problem, formulate alternative solutions, and select the solution(s) most consistent with a stated objective.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication including the ability to communicate critically and analytically at a professional level.

Potential Occupations

Environmental and resource economists are employed in a wide range of fields from education and research to business and government. 

Profit and non-profit organizations employ economists in international and community development, international relations, and environmental and conservation analyses. 

Some examples include, but are not limited to, energy resource analyst, environmental researcher/analyst, resource policy analyst, natural resource analyst, environmental pollution analyst, environmental policy analyst, economic analyst/forecaster, land use planner, international development specialist, rural community organizer, community development specialist, financial analyst, foreign trade analyst, market forecaster, and extension agent. 

Participation in internships, volunteer activities, and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Agricultural and Resource Enterprise Analysis  
  • Fundamentals of Finance  
  • Water Law, Policy, and Institutions  
  • Economics of Outdoor Recreation  
  • Economics of Energy Resources  
  • Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development

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  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. Your application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.
  • Transcripts: Submit your most recent transcripts or mark sheets. We will ask for additional materials if necessary. Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped and sealed are considered official.
  • Personal statement: Your personal statement, commonly called an essay, is your opportunity to help us understand what makes you unique beyond your grades and transcripts. Your personal statement will be reviewed during your admission decision, for consideration for any competitive majors, and for financial aid decisions.
  • Recommendation: One recommendation from a counselor or teacher is required.

Tuition Fee

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    31712 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12432 USD/year
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Living costs for Fort Collins

1210 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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