Renewable Energy Concentration

Strengthen your degree in Economics with a Concentration in Renewable Energy Economics!

The Renewable Energy Economics Concentration may be taken under either the B.A. in Economics or the BS in Economics. To complete the Renewable Energy Economics Concentration, students complete all requirements for their B.A. or B.S. degree, and also complete the concentration requirements. Usually, students take their concentration requirements as part of their core courses or as professional/free electives.

Required Courses Include:

  • ECO 180 – Citizens, Energy, & Sustainability
  • ECO 405 – Sustainable Energy Economics & Policy
  • POS 100 – American Government

In addition to the core courses, students are also required to take 24 credit hours related to energy economics. Available courses are below, but courses may be suggested to the School of Economics Undergraduate Coordinator.

  • PHI 232 – Environmental Ethics (*Fulfills General Education Requirement in Ethics)
  • PAA 327 – Environmental Policy, Management, and Regulation
  • ECO 381 – Sustainable Development Principles and Policy (*)
  • EES 324 – Environmental Protection Law and Policy
  • ECO 473 – Economics and Policy Applications of GIS
  • ECO 371 – Public Finance and Fiscal Policy
  • ECO 477 – Economics of Environmental and Resource Management
  • ECO 475 – Industrial Organization
  • ECO 479 – Land Use Planning

The following courses are recommended:

  • CHY 121 – Introduction to Chemistry
  • PHY 111 – General Physics
  • PHY 121 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists

Students should also consider taking one of the following engineering and science courses, but should try to determine what prerequisites as early as possible in building their concentration course selection.

  • ERS 369 – Energy Resources and Climate Change
  • EET 498 – Renewable Engineering
  • SFR 345 – Bioenergy Sources, Systems, and Environmental Effects

Students should also consider internships and or independent study opportunities related to renewable energy. To discuss independent study, speak with your advisor, then see the Undergraduate Coordinator or the Director of the School of Economics.