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Environmental & Water Resource Economics

Bachelor of Science

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A degree in Environmental Water Resource and Economics (EWRE) prepares students to assume responsible positions in the management of the world's natural and human resources. Students develop skills through their studies in agribusiness management, finance, economic theory, natural resource economics, environmental regulation, quantitative techniques, and economic development, both domestic and international. This major is flexible so that students choose coursework from a variety of departments across campus depending on their area of focus. In the Environmental & Water Resource Economics major you will: receive training in environmental and natural resource economics and quantitative methods as well as integrate your studies with science, politics, law, information technology, project management, marketing, and communications. Students in this major will take four core classes and then design their own degree drawing from courses in three areas of specialization: Environmental and Water Sciences, Management and Policy, or Quantitative Methods.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
ENGLISH 101 First Year Composition 3
MIS 111 Computers and Internetworked Society OR ABE 120 Microcomputing Applications 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 116 Business Mathematics I (MIS 111 or ABE 120 is a pre-requisite for MATH 115A), OR 163 Basic Statistics, OR 263 Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics, OR ISTA 116 Statistical Foundations for the Information Age 3
ENGLISH 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A Principles of Economics and ECON 201B Principles of Economics 3
MATH 113 Elements of Calculus OR 122A & B Calculus OR 125 Calculus I 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 4
4th Semester
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
5th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
AREC 339 Economic Statistics 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
Environmental Economics II 3
AREC 197A Strategy and Planning for Academic Success 1
6th Semester
Microeconomics 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
Communication Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Communication Elective 3
8th Semester
Environmental Economics II 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
EWRE Focus Area 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Environmental and Water Resources Economics of communication and management skills, economic theory, information technology, quantitative methods, and agribusiness, as applied to issues surrounding water and natural resources management, provides a strong career foundation. Graduates might work in project management, development, policy, environment regulation, or communications. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in business, environmental law, geography, or hydrology.

Potential Career Areas

  • Resources management
  • Policy analyst/designer
  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Budget planning
  • Financial advising

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Businesses
  • Farms
  • Research institutes
  • Municipal councils
  • Parks and forest services
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Development firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Environmental law firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Environmental Economist $50,000 - $80,000
Regional Planner $41,490 - $65,230
Logistics Analyst $45,190 - $72,780
Water Resources Manager $65,040 - $115,730
Environmental Restoration Planner $38,570 - $63,570
Agricultural Consultant $52,482 - $89,116
Nonprofit Communications Director $30,000 - $60,000
Policy Analyst $36,000 - $96,000
Environmental Campaign Staff Worker $20,000 - $50,000
Land Development Project Manager $40,000 - $50,000