Environmental Economics and Policy - Online Minor

Positively impact our planet through policy

Most of today’s complex environmental challenges are the result of human activity and government policies. To better protect our planet and its natural resources, it’s critically important to understand our legal systems and the economic and institutional forces that shape human decision-making.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in environmental consulting or advocacy, earning an online minor in environmental economics and policy can help you understand environmental management through the lens of human behavior. You’ll learn economic theories and tools that can help you better analyze environmental problems and learn how to create effective policy solutions.

Build a brighter future

This online minor can help prepare you for career opportunities with state and federal government agencies, research and non-profit foundations, as well as private businesses that are impacted by regulatory and government-based policy. It's also a great fit if you're considering applying to law school or pursuing other graduate work.

Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics has a proud history of research and education in agricultural, resource and environmental economics and is a recognized leader in developing the applied resource economics field.


This 27-credit minor combines data and rigorous theory. You’ll study federal environmental law, legal and economic theories, economic principles and quantitative methods. 

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Introduction to environmental economics and policy
  • Introduction to microeconomics
  • Environmental law
  • Natural resource economics
  • Natural resource policy
  • Applied economics
  • Natural resources and community values

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same certificate and transcript as on-campus students.