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Natural Resource Economics

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Peter Schaeffer
phone: 304-293-5572

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Peter Schaeffer
phone: 304-293-5572

Program Details

Areas of Emphasis

Natural Resources Economics

Program Description

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.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: 3 letters of recommendation required
  • Test Requirements: GRE

English Language Proficiency

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. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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