Ecological and Environmental Economics


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

political science and economics

This upper division social science program examines the methods and applications of ecological and environmental economics for environmental problem solving. The major goal of the program is to make students familiar and comfortable with the methodologies, language, concepts, models, and applications of ecological and environmental economic analysis. The program does not assume an extensive background in economics; therefore it begins by quickly reviewing selected micro economic principles.  We will study the models used in natural resource management, pollution control approaches , and sustainability as an empirical criterion in policy development. We will explore externalities, market failure and inter-generational equity in depth. Examples of case studies we will evaluate include: natural resources in the Pacific Northwest; management and restoration of the Pacific Salmon stocks and other marine resources; energy issues including traditional, alternative, and emerging impacts from hydraulic fracturing (fracking), coal trains and climate change; selected issues of environmental law; wetland and critical areas protection and mitigation; and emerging threats such as ocean acidification and low oxygen zones. We also will develop a detailed consideration of the theory and practice of benefit cost analysis. The program concludes by critically evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of using ecological and environmental economics to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Program activities include lectures, seminars, research and methods workshops, possible field trips, quizzes, exams, and a research paper assignment. Attendance and thorough preparation for class is a critical requirement for success in this program.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Public Sector :  federal, state and local government agencies involved in environmental protection; natural resource management; land use planning-critical areas management and public policy.  Private Sector : work in natural resources firms; environmental consulting firms; environmental assessment firms and other firms that must deal with environmental laws and regulations in their normal business operations.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: Field trips will be scheduled for Thursdays, 8am to 5pm, during week 3 (April 17), week 5 (May 1), and week 7 (May 17).


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

May be offered again in

Spring 2017


Date Revision
January 8th, 2014 New spring opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25



Lower Division students interested must have faculty signature for enrollment.

Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30349

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