Environmental Economics & Policy

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Environmental Economics & Policy?

This is a concentration within Agricultural and Consumer Economics. This major will prepare you to handle environmental and resource management issues. Classes range from international business and economic development to computer science and mathematics. In classes, you'll focus on:

  • Law
  • Policy
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Quantitative methods
  • Sociology
  • Economics

You’ll research topics like groundwater contamination, environmental damage, and recycling. You’ll intern in places like Washington, D.C., or at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. You can apply directly into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Conservation land management
  • Environmental protection
  • Forest production
  • Government
  • Mining
  • Recycling
  • Transportation
  • Waste disposal

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

78% employed after graduation

14% attending graduate school

$51,576 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Americorps, Curtis Orchard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Cornell University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Strong social science and business-related coursework and performance
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

83% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,342
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,492


  • Tuition: $33,462
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,952


  • Tuition: $34,410
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,900