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Environmental and Natural Resource Economics B.S.

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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Earn your bachelor’s in environmental and natural resource economics online

The health and longevity of our global economy is inextricably linked to the conservation of the natural world. As public and private organizations continue investing in sustainable practices, demand for professionals with a blend of economic and natural resource management skills will grow.

This online undergraduate degree program will help you develop the analytical tools to assess, allocate, and manage natural resources and create policies to preserve them. Start building the knowledge to balance economic objectives with sustainable, environmentally conscious business strategies.

Learn to develop plans and policies that make an impact

Comprehensive economic analysis provides a strong basis to guide policies and business operations that directly and indirectly affect our environment. At its core, economic theory provides an excellent framework for understanding both environmental and natural resource issues, predicting the potential effects of governmental policies and regulations, and developing innovative solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems.

Unlike other programs that focus primarily on natural resource management and only touch on economics, this program focuses on evaluating the past, current, and future economic impacts of various policies at a local, regional, and global scale. After successfully completing this program of study, you will have a strong foundation in macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, econometrics, natural resource policy, and agricultural policy.

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your bachelor's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without leaving your hometown. Balance your academic studies with your career, family, and personal obligations.

Although this program is entirely online, you will still have many opportunities to interact closely with both your instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.

Explore Careers Open Accordion

Find employment in a wide range of fields from education and research to business and government. Profit and non-profit organizations employ economists in overseas and community development, international relations, and environmental and conservation analyses.

Examples of prospective job titles include:

  • Local, state, federal government agency analyst
  • Technical staff/analyst
  • Economics consultant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Project analyst
  • Chief sustainability officer
  • Military personnel
  • Farm service agency technician
  • Natural resources conservation service soil technician
  • Energy resource analyst
  • Environmental researcher/analyst
  • Resource policy analyst
  • Natural resource analyst
  • Environmental pollution analyst
  • Economic analyst/forecaster
  • Land use planner
  • International development specialist
  • Rural community organizer
  • Community development specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Foreign trade analyst
  • Market forecaster
  • Extension agent
Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:


The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) – 31 credits

All graduates from Colorado State University are required to complete the requirements of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC). These requirements span a wide range of curricular topics and provide students with many choices. Students are strongly encouraged to select AUCC courses in consultation with their academic advisor. The following courses are required as part of the environmental and natural resource economics degree that will also fulfill categories within the 31 required AUCC credits:

Even if all AUCC requirements have been fulfilled, the courses above must still be completed to satisfy the environmental and natural resource economics degree requirements. Your academic advisor will help you navigate those choices.

Additional Required Foundational Courses – 19 credits

Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) and Economics (ECON) Courses – 42 credits

ENRE Applications Courses (Select nine credits of the following):

ENRE Skills Courses (Select nine credits of the following):

Natural Resource or Agriculture Elective – 15 credits

AGED, AGRI, ANEQ, BSPM, BZ, CBE, CHEM, CIVE, ECOL, ESS, FW, F, GEOL, GES, HORT, LAND, LIFE, NR, NRRT, RS, SOCR, or WR subject codes in consultation with your advisor.

General Electives – 13 credits

In consultation with your academic advisor, choose courses in any discipline. Students must earn a total of 42 upper division (300 and 400-level) credits.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

Refer to for details about who we look for in our individual review process

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Terrance Dickens
Phone: (970) 698-7337

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay any associated nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics— online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 698-7337 or email


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions you have.

Terrance Dickens
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

$476 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and previous coursework
Admission Reqs.

Application Dates

Fall semester
June 1*
Spring semester
November 1*
Summer semester
May 1*
*Note: Application dates may vary depending on student status. Learn more.

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