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Natural Resource Economics

The objective of this major is to prepare students to apply economic models and analysis to environmental and natural resource policy problems. The flexibility of this major allows students, in consultation with their academic advisor, to design a program of study that focuses on environmental and natural resource issues tailored to individual interests (such as water use and quality, soil protection, waste management, or ecosystem management and land use).

Career Profile

Students in this major can expect to find employment with state and federal government agencies or with private consultants, and in environmental policy analysis and management of natural resources, and with natural resources firms. Many students may find it desirable to obtain a graduate degree. Students completing this degree will be prepared for graduate study in environmental and natural resource economics and policy.

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline


Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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