College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Environmental Economics and Policy


If you've ever wondered about the market forces and cultural inclinations that motivate natural resource and environmental policy, the Environmental Economics and Policy major in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics will help you define them. If you want to understand both sides of complex Third World development issues, this major will help you see the balancing act of environmental use and protection. If you're interested in a career in environmental law, policy design, resource management, or economics, this major will give you an invaluable foundation.

EEP is open to students in the College of Letters and Science as well as the College of Natural Resources. 

Undergraduates applying for the major program should be strong in mathematics and have an interest in statistics and mathematical modeling.

What will I study?

EEP is economics with focus: the relationship of dollars and choices to nature.

This major offers the opportunity to explore aspects of economics and political institutions that affect the development and management of natural resources and the environment. The focus includes both renewable resources such as food, forests, and water, and resources in fixed supply such as land and minerals. The major adopts a problem-solving approach to these issues.

The core requirement for the major is micro-economic theory and the economics of resources and the environment. These core courses are supplemented by other courses that apply the methods of social science to resource problems.

The major is structured to ensure that students obtain a sufficient background in the natural and physical sciences. It also supplies training in basic mathematics, statistics and economics to be able to approach resource-related issues in an effective and practical manner.

How much coursework is required?

Because EEP is open to students in the College of Letters & Science, students must fulfill the Seven Course Breadth requirement. Students must also take a foreign language and quantitative reasoning.

EEP's lower division requirements focus on microeconomics, calculus, and statistics. The upper division requirements are drawn from the many EEP courses offered by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Students who want to declare the major must complete the lower division requirements with passing grades.  

How do I declare?

Students can declare as a College of Natural Resources student or as a College of Letters & Science.

In order to declare the CNR Environmental Economics and Policy Major, current CNR students can review the declaration for CNR students snapshot and complete this form. Non CNR students wanting to be in the CNR EEP can review the Non CNR requirement snapshot.

In order to declare the L&S Environmental Economics and Policy Major, students must complete all of the lower division requirements, the core upper division microeconomics course and have a GPA of at least 2.7 in the relevant courses.

  • Envecon 1, Economics 1, Economics 2, or Economics 3
  • Math 1A - 1B or Math 16A - 16B
  • Statistics 20, 21, or 25
  • Envecon 100 or Economics 100A or Economics 101A

To declare you should submit this EEP application along with your L&S declaration forms to 260 Mulford Hall and meet with the major advisor.

Please email for an appointment to meet with the major advisor at

What can I do with this major?

Students who graduate from the major should be prepared to undertake a career in public or private agencies engaged in the planning or management of natural resources, or to enter a graduate school for further study in such fields as agricultural and resource economics, economics, law, public policy, or resources administration.


Undergraduate Advisor: William Hughes
260 Mulford
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114