By studying this field, you will learn the delicate balance between agriculture and nature, ensuring we produce enough while conserving resources for future generations. It's not just about economics; it's about securing our food supply, preserving our environment, and making a real difference in the world. Join us in shaping a more sustainable future!


Your future.  The career paths that await you as an AREC graduate in the public, private, and non-profit sectors are endless. Our graduates have also matriculated at elite universities for graduate study. With thousands of recent grads all over the world, you will join a rich Alumni network ready to welcome you and have the skills to tackle your next chapter!

logos for companies Skills useful in “real life.”   The combination of quantitative training and applied analytical work makes applied economics graduates extremely attractive to employers in a variety of industries. As an AREC major, you will complete challenging coursework in statistics, economics, and calculus. AREC students can also get credit for study abroad and internships.


Small classes. Students in upper-level AREC courses benefit from working closely with faculty in courses that focus on the real-world application of applied economics.


Students in the Agribusiness concentration have the option of choosing a field of study consisting of three (3) courses that include coursework at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. If you are planning on taking any business-related courses as part of your field of study, we recommend that you choose the Agribusiness concentration.

Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Agricultural and Resource Economics (Ag-Econ) concentration provides students with the flexibility to select a field of study that fits their career interests. Students can also customize their degree program by declaring a Student-Designed field of study in consultation with an advisor.

Environmental and Resource Economics

The Environmental and Resource Economics concentration focuses on the application of economic concepts across a variety of issues related to natural resources, such as water quality, global warming, and the development of world economies.

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