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Environmental Economics and Policy

Focusing on environmental and resource management issues at local, state, national, and international levels, students learn how to assess the economic aspects of resource and environmental issues and find rewarding positions in government, industry, consulting firms, and public interest groups.

  • Graduates might work directly with resource and environmental services such as mining, forest production, recycling, and waste disposal, in firms whose production activities affect the environment, or in legislative offices.
  • Other jobs may include working with interest groups and agencies, including agriculture, environmental protection, conservation land management, and transportation agencies.
  • Students may conduct a special project on groundwater contamination and environmental damages, the costs and benefits of recycling, or complete a summer internship with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • Specific courses required include Environmental Economics (210), Natural Resource Economics (310), Environmental Law (406), and  Environment and Development (411).

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For more information about the Environmental Economics and Policy Program, please contact:
Ann Finnegan
Director, Ugrad Admissions & Advising and Teaching Associate
304a Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 333-5509

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Claims Associate for State Farm

Eli Clausen

Eli Clausen’s greatest joy is transforming some of a person’s worst days into a happy ending. To make that possible as a successful claims associate, Eli says, you need qualities such as critical thinking, empathy, and flexibility.

Eli credits Illinois with providing him the skills needed to be an effective claims associate.

“U of I helped me develop confidence, analytical skills, and the abilities to sell myself and to understand contracts and legal language, along with many other skills that I use day to day. It helped me develop as a person and put me on the path to who I want to be,” he says.

While at Illinois Eli took part in many campus activities.

“At different points I was as a member of Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, an ambassador for my department, an Illini Forester, and part of the Marching Illini. As far as classes, the most interesting ones I took traveled to the mountain west [Politics of the National Parks—Yellowstone] and to California [Food, Farm, and Environmental Policy of California]. The hands-on experience and total immersion in both experiences were amazing!” he says.

Eli enjoyed the excellent staff, the active social scene, and the diversity of student clubs while at Illinois.

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