College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

AREC Undergraduate Program


AREC is an applied economics Bachelor of Science program with a focus on natural resources, agriculture, and the environment. Students who declare an AREC major choose one of 3 concentrations: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agribusiness, or Environmental and Resource Economics. 

The major requires the completion of six (6) benchmark courses with a C- or better before moving on to upper-level AREC courses. These courses provide the academic foundation needed to succeed in the AREC major.

All AREC students must meet with an advisor every semester before registering. Please see the advising page for more details.

Reasons to major in AREC:

Careers.  The career paths that await you as an AREC graduate in the public, private, and non-profit sectors are endless. Recent grads have taken jobs at organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture,, AGM Financial Services, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Federal Reserve. Our graduates have also matriculated at elite universities for graduate study.

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.

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