College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Environmental Economics and Policy Major Opens to L&S Students

August 26, 2004

by Monica Lin

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) is pleased to open up its Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) major to students in the College of Letters and Science (L&S), allowing L&S students to combine interests in economics, policy, and the environment. The EEP major has also undergone significant revision, with major requirements streamlined, and breadth requirements satisfied by the L&S Seven-Course Breadth guidelines. The major, and major advising, remains in the College of Natural Resources. The degree is awarded by the student's home College.

The EEP major lets students combine their concerns for the environment and human welfare with a firm foundation in economics and policy. It is excellent preparation for students who want to pursue careers in law, government, international development, public policy, academia, or business. International development, along with the environmental problems that are almost always involved, is a specialty of the major, though domestic issues are also a high priority. The major helps students understand and evaluate the market forces and public policies that influence natural resource use and the environment in the U.S. and globally. Students learn how to assess the ability of public policies to alter resource use and encourage protection of the environment, and to understand processes of international economic development and problems of world hunger and poverty. The major also offers an honors program of individual research with faculty and the option of a capstone thesis.

For more information on the major and its requirements, please see the Environmental Economics and Policy webpage at or contact undergraduate advisor Gail Vawter at (510) 642-3347 or


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