Climate change and energy solutions are perhaps the two most significant challenges our society will have to face going forward. How to incentivize clean energy? How to get countries to cooperate and agree on environmentally acceptable solutions while preserving their economic growth and welfare? The B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Natural Resources, Environment, and Economy provides a rigorous and intensive grounding in the economics, geography, and politics of natural resources and the environment. Students will develop detailed knowledge of problems and issues in energy economics, environmental economics related socioeconomic relations as well as various policy solutions. Students also acquire advanced quantitative skills and the ability to carry out independent research projects.

The B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Natural Resources, Environment, and Economy is normally completed during the last three of four years of full-time study. The concentration combines selected specialized courses from departments of Economics, Geography, and Political Science. This concentration is recommended to students who have a strong interest in environmental and natural resource issues and plan to pursue a career in business, government, education, law, or the non-profit sector.

Students seeking to gain additional training in quantitative methods may benefit from combining B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Natural Resources, Environment, and Economy with B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Economic Data Science. Combining the Natural Resources, Environment, and Economy concentration with either the B.Econ. Honours Concentration in Development or B.Econ. Honours Concentration in International Political Economy will develop a broad knowledge of issues and solutions with focus on energy and environment across several fields of social science. Furthermore, any one of these combinations will provide students with a strong and broad set of skills generally sought by the employers.

Recommended Course Pattern

Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Fall Winter Fall Winter Fall Winter
GEOG 2200 GEOG 3022 0.5 credit from: ECON 4407, GEOG 4004, TSES 4001
GEOG 2300 PSCI 3801 0.5 credit from: ERTH 4303GEOG 3209, GEOG 4022, PSCI 4808, TSES 3002
ECON 3803 ECON 3804
Concentration and (non-concentration) elective courses may be re-distributed to some extent across years. As a general rule, students should schedule concentration courses first and elective courses second for a given year.