Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Natural Resource & Environmental Economics

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Rosalee Swartz
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Natural Resource & Environmental Economics

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Natural Resource & Environmental Economics

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource & Environmental Economics

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Rosalee Swartz

DESCRIPTION

Department Head: Larry Van Tassell, 102 Filley Hall

Professors: Aiken, Azzam, Fulginiti, Giannakas, Perrin, Peterson, Royer, Yiannaka

Associate Professors: Parsons, Schoengold, Stockton

Assistant Professors: Banerjee, Gustafson, Lubben, Mattos, Nogueira

Assistant Professor of Practice: Meyer

Instructors: Barrett, Mattos, Peterson

Coordinator: Karina Schoengold, Department of Agricultural Economics, 307A Filley Hall

The natural resource and environmental economics degree program combines in-depth study of the natural sciences with economics, law, and other social sciences. The program provides students with training in the analysis of the benefits and costs of using natural resources and the environment for a variety of purposes including recreation, agriculture, wildlife habitat, industry, logging, and mining. In addition, the program emphasizes the assessment of public policies regulating the use of natural resources and environmental amenities. Students in this program work closely with faculty in both the agricultural economics department and the School of Natural Resources.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

College Integrative Course3

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Communications6

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 215, COMM 283, COMM 286, JGEN 300, MKRT 257, NRES 260, TMFD 121

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)6-8

Select one from:3-5

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics or ECON 215 Statistics3

Natural Sciences16-17

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (ACE 4)4

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Lab (HORT 131)

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab

BIOS 109 General Botany

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Intro to Zoology & Lab

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115) & ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116)

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab

CASNR Approved Life Sciences Elective4

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

Select one from:4-5

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (4 cr)

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

PHYS 211 General Physics I (4 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics3

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture or ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Total Core Requirements49-52

Environmental Economics Option

Natural Resources12-14

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

Select one from:3-4

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

Select one from:3-4

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

SOIL 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/HORT 153) (4 cr)

WATS 281 Introduction to Water Science (GEOG 281/NRES 281) (3 cr)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

Resource and Economics Requirements37

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)3

Capstone – AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (ACE 10)3

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465)3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

Select three from:9

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics (3 cr)

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 472 Efficiency in Government (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 301 Introduction to Management (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Agricultural Economics Electives (200 level or above; excluding AECN 388)6

Option Requirements49-51

Free Electives17-22

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Energy Economics Option

Natural Resources12-14

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

Select one from:3-4

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

Select one from:3-4

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

SOIL 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/HORT 153) (4 cr)

WATS 281 Introduction to Water Science (GEOG 281/NRES 281) (3 cr)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

Resource and Economics Requirements31

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)3

Capstone – AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (ACE 10) 3

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465)3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

Select three from:9

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics (3 cr)

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 472 Efficiency in Government (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 301 Introduction to Management (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Energy Analysis9

ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective3

ENSC 220 Introduction to Energy Systems3

ENSC 230 Energy & the Environment: Economics & Policy3

Option Requirements52-54

Free Electives14-19

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Eco-Business and Sustainability Option

Natural Resources13-14

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

Select one from:3-4

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

SOIL 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/HORT 153)4

Resource and Economics Requirements13

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)3

Capstone - AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (ACE 10)3

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465)3

Supporting Courses27

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)3

MRKT 443 Consumer Behavior: Marketing Aspects or MNGT 321 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Organizations (ENTR 321)3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

SCMS 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 cr)

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making or FINA 361 Finance3

Option Requirements53-54

Free Electives14-18

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Water Economics Option

Natural Resources12-14

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

Select one from:3-4

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

Select one from:3-4

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

SOIL 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/HORT 153) (4 cr)

WATS 281 Introduction to Water Science (GEOG 281/NRES 281) (3 cr)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

Water Science9-11

NRES 453 Hydrology3

Select two from:6-8

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488) (3 cr)

WATS 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality (AGRO 361/GEOL 361/SOIL 361/NRES 361) (3 cr)

WATS 418 Chemistry of Natural Waters (GEOL 418/NRES 419) (3 cr)

WATS 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/MSYM 452) (3 cr)

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) (4 cr)

WATS 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/NRES 468) (4 cr)

Economics, Law and Policy31

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN Electives (200 level or above; excluding AECN 388)3

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)3

Capstone - AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (ACE 10)3

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465)3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

Select two major electives from:6

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics (3 cr)

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 472 Efficiency in Government (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 301 Introduction to Management (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Option Requirements52-56

Free Electives12-19

Total Requirements for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

Natural resource and environmental economics students must complete at least 15 credit hours of agricultural economics courses for a grade (not Pass/No Pass).

International Requirements

Nine hours of course work with an international focus are required as part of the 120 hours required for a degree. Course options include AGRI 282, AGRI 310; NRES 492; AECN 346, AECN 367, AECN 420, AECN 425; or those listed in the UNL Global Studies degree program or CASNR International Agriculture & Natural Resources minor program.

ACE Requirements

ACE courses cannot be used to count in two separate requirement areas except in the case of International Requirements (see above).

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Natural Resource Economics Minor

This minor is intended primarily for students interested in natural resource management who are studying in technical areas such as water science, range science, soils, engineering, or fisheries and wildlife. The intent is to offer technically oriented students an opportunity to develop complementary economics and policy analysis skills.

Core Requirements6

Economics

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465)3

Additional Courses12

Select four from the following:

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357) (3 cr)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (3 cr)

ECON 340 Intro to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 472 Efficiency in Government (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

POLS 236 Public Policy Analysis: Methods & Models (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Total18