Economics, Policy, Management, and Society

The Economics, Policy, Management, and Society track is designed for students who would be interested in focusing on how society values and makes decisions about the use, management, and protection of natural and environmental resources.

Graduate students in this track can specialize in areas such as: economics, policy, administration and management, planning, operations research, conflict resolution, human dimensions, and land use planning. Studies might consider choices, impacts, and tradeoffs in protecting, restoring, developing, and allocating natural and environmental resources. The research conducted by students in this track may address a wide range of issues and problems from local to international in scope.

Faculty in the Economics, Policy, Management, and Society Track

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Sample Coursework in the Economics, Policy, Management, and Society Track

The NRSM program does not prescribe specific coursework to its students, beyond a one-credit seminar (FNRM 8107). Each student, working with his or her advisor and exam committee, develops a program of coursework that meets the needs of his or her specific research project and, ultimately, his or her career goals. See below for a list of courses that are representative of coursework taken by students within this track. When developing a well-rounded degree plan, most students also consider coursework listed under other NRSM tracks (see other Area of Study webpages for examples of coursework within those tracks), or within other departments at the university. 

Course
Title
Course Typically Offered
Credits
AGRO 5121
Applied Experimental Design
Every Spring 4
APEC 5031
Methods of Economic Data Analysis
Every Fall 3
APEC 5032
Economic Data Analysis for Managerial and Policy Decisions
Every Spring 3
APEC 5151
Applied Microeconomics: Firm and Household
Every Fall 3
APEC 5152
Applied Macroeconomics: Income and Employment
Every Spring 3
APEC 5321
Regional Economic Analysis
Every Spring 3
APEC 5651
Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Every Spring 3
APEC 5721
Economics of Science and Technology Policy
Every Fall 3
APEC 8004
Applied Microeconomic Analysis of Social Choice and Welfare
Every Spring 2
APEC 8202
Mathematical Optimization in Applied Economics
Every Fall 3
APEC 8203
Applied Welfare Economics and Public Policy
Every Spring 3
APEC 8211
Econometric Analysis I
Every Fall 4
APEC 8212
Econometric Analysis II
Every Spring 4
APEC 8601
Natural Resource Economics
Periodic Fall & Spring 3
APEC 8602
Economics of the Environment
Every Fall 3
BIOL 5407
Ecology
Every Fall & Spring 3
CEGE 5570
Design for Sustainable Development: Discovery
Every Fall 3.0-9.0
CEGE 5573
Design for Sustainable Development: Create II
Every Spring 1.0-5.0
CI 5537
Principles of Environmental Education
Every Fall 3
CI 5747
Global and Environmental Education: Content and Practice
Every Spring 3
CI 8149
Qualitative Research: Coding, Analysis, Interpretation, and Writing
Periodic Fall 3
COMM 5250
Environmental Communication
Every Spring 3
COMM 5402
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Every Spring 3
COMM 5441
Communication in Human Organizations
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
COMM 8452
Seminar: Methods of Intercultural/Diversity Facilitation
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
DES 8103
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
Fall Odd Year 3
ECON 8105
Macroeconomic Theory
Every Fall 2
ECON 8106
Macroeconomic Theory
Every Fall 2
EEB 5609
Ecosystem Ecology
Every Spring 3
EEB 8200
Sustainability Science Distributed Graduate Seminar
Every Spring 3
EPSY 5221
Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5243
Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
EPSY 5244
Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5247
Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5261
Introductory Statistical Methods
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
EPSY 5262
Intermediate Statistical Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
EPSY 8266
Statistical Analysis Using Structural Equation Methods
Periodic Spring 3
ESPM 5061
Water Quality and Natural Resources
Every Fall & Spring 3
ESPM 5071
Ecological Restoration
Every Fall 4
ESPM 5101
Conservation of Plant Biodiversity
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5108
Ecology of Managed Systems
Every Fall 4
ESPM 5111
Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5202
Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5211
Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5241
Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5242
Methods for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Fall Even Year 3
ESPM 5245
Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5251
Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5256
Natural Resource Law and the Management of Public Lands and Waters
Spring Odd Year 3
ESPM 5261
Economics and Natural Resources Management
Every Spring 4
ESPM 5602
Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5603
Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5604
Environmental Management Systems and Strategy
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5811
Environmental Interpretation
Every Spring 3
FNRM 5101
Park and Protected Area Tourism
Fall Odd Year 3
FNRM 5104
Forest Ecology
Every Fall 4
FNRM 5114
Hydrology and Watershed Management
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5131
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Every Fall 4
FNRM 5203
Forest Fire and Disturbance Ecology
Every Spring 3
FNRM 5204
Landscape Ecology and Management
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5264
Advanced Forest Management Planning
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5411
Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5412
Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis
Every Spring 3
FNRM 5413
Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture Lab
Every Fall 1
FNRM 5431
Timber Harvesting and Road Planning
Every Spring 2
FNRM 5471
Forest Management Planning
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5501
Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People
Every Spring 3
FW 4001
Biometry
Every Fall 4
FW 5003
Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation
Every Fall 3
FW 8494
Research in Wildlife
Every Fall 1.0-4.0
GEOG 5561
Principles of Geographic Information Science
Every Fall & Spring 4
GEOG 5565
Geographical Analysis of Human-Environment Systems
Periodic Spring 3
GEOG 8101
Proseminar: Nature and Society
Periodic Fall & Spring 3
GIS 5555
Basic Spatial Analysis
Every Fall 3
GIS 5571
ArcGIS I
Every Fall 3
GIS 5572
ArcGIS II
Every Spring 3
LA 5004
Regional Environmental Landscape Planning
Every Spring 4
LAW 6062
Energy Law
Every Spring 3
MGMT 6033
Managing the Strategy Process
Periodic Fall & Spring 2
MGMT 6050
Management of Innovation and Change
Periodic Fall & Spring 2
NR 5021
Statistics for Agricultural and Natural Resource Professionals
Every Fall 3
OLPD 5061
Ethnographic Research Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
OLPD 5104
Strategies for International Development of Education Systems
Periodic Fall 3
OLPD 5501
Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
OLPD 5528
Focus Group Interviewing Research Methods
Every Fall 1.0-3.0
OLPD 5611
Facilitation and Meeting Skills
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 1
PA 5002
Introduction to Policy Analysis
Every Fall & Spring 1.5
PA 5011
Management of Organizations
Every Fall & Spring 3
PA 5021
Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning I
Every Fall 3
PA 5022
Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II
Every Spring 1.5-3.0
PA 5031
Empirical Analysis I
Every Fall 4
PA 5035
Survey Research and Data Collection
Every Spring 1.5
PA 5041
Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts
Every Fall 4
PA 5101
Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
Every Fall 3
PA 5122
Law and Public Affairs
Every Spring 3
PA 5242
Environmental Planning, Policy, and Decision Making
Periodic Spring 3
PA 5251
Strategic Planning and Management
Periodic Spring 3
PA 5253
Designing Planning and Participation Processes
Every Fall 3
PA 5271
GIS: Applications in Planning and Policy Analysis
Every Fall 3
PA 5311
Program Evaluation
Periodic Fall & Spring 3
PA 5501
Theories and Policies of Development
Every Fall 3
PA 5503
Economics of Development
Every Fall 3
PA 5721
Energy and Environmental Policy
Every Fall & Spring 3
PA 5722
Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Every Spring 3
PA 5741
Risk, Resilience and Decision Making
Every Spring 1.5
PA 5790
Topics in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Periodic Fall & Spring 1.0-3.0
PA 5890
Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs
Periodic Fall & Spring 1.0-5.0
PA 5920
Skills Workshop
Every Fall & Spring 0.5-4.0
PA 8790
Advanced Topics in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Periodic Fall & Spring 1.0-3.0
POL 5315
State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy
Periodic Fall 4
POL 8126
Qualitative Methods
Fall Even, Spring Odd Year 3
PSY 5202
Attitudes and Social Behavior
Periodic Spring 3
PSY 5960
Topics in Psychology
Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer 1.0-4.0
PUBH 7250
Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews
Every Spring & Summer 1
PUBH 7407
Analysis of Categorical Data
Every Spring 3
SCO 8735
Supply Chain Management
Periodic Spring 3
SOC 5811
Social Statistics for Graduate Students
Every Fall 4
SOC 8701
Sociological Theory
Every Fall 4
SOC 8801
Sociological Research Methods
Periodic Fall & Spring 4
SOC 8811
Advanced Social Statistics
Every Fall & Spring 4
SOIL 5611
Soil Biology and Fertility
Every Fall 4
STAT 5021
Statistical Analysis
Every Fall & Spring 4
STAT 5201
Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations
Every Spring 3
STAT 5302
Applied Regression Analysis
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 4
STAT 5303
Designing Experiments
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 4
STAT 5401
Applied Multivariate Methods
Periodic Fall 3
STAT 5421
Analysis of Categorical Data
Every Fall & Spring 3
STAT 5601
Nonparametric Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
STAT 8051
Advanced Regression Techniques
Every Fall 3
STAT 8052
Applied Statistical Methods 2: 
Every Spring 3
STAT 8053
Applied Statistical Methods 3
Every Fall 3
STAT 8054
Statistical Methods 4
Every Spring 3
WRS 5101
Water Policy
Every Spring 3