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Economics and Management Technical Option

Administered by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Economics and Management option graduate students study the trade-offs associated with how society interacts with natural resources in order to assess and improve natural resource policy and management. Students focus on trade-offs at many different spatial and temporal scales. Examples include non-market valuation of ecosystem services, optimal management of forest stands with changing climate, carbon and market consequences of using biomass energy, sustainable development and long-term projections of ecological and economic sustainability.

Job Opportunities

Persons graduating from this discipline have obtained employment with state and federal natural resource agencies, private consulting firms, non-governmental conservation organizations, and forest management organizations. Many students continue studies at the PhD level.

Faculty Contacts

Robert Abt, bob_abt@ncsu.edu, 919.515.7791

Glenn Catts, glenn_catts@ncsu.edu, 919.513.3973
Frederick Cubbage, fred_cubbage@ncsu.edu, 919.515.7789

Joseph Roise, joe_roise@ncsu.edu, 919.515.7783
Erin Sills, erin_sills@ncsu.edu, 919.515.7784

Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree is required. Students without a background in natural resources or a related field may be required to take up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Students without a background in intermediate microeconomics may need to take an additional undergraduate course in economics as a prerequisite for courses listed in the technical option core curriculum.

Master of Natural Resources Core Curriculum (required)

Course

Description

Credit Hours

NR 500

Natural Resource Management

3

NR 571

Current Issues in Natural Resource Policy

3

ST 5**

A graduate level statistics course

3

NR 601

NR Graduate Seminar (or equivalent seminar course)

1

FOR 603 Research Methods (FER graduate students only)
1

                                                       

Total Credit Hours

11

 

Technical Option Core Curriculum

Students are required to take 9 credits in natural resource economics or management. Courses can be taken from the list below, or others may be substituted with approval of the advising committee.

 

NCSU

Course

Description

Credit Hours

ECG (ARE) 436 Environmental Economics
3
ECG 503 Economics of Recreation
3
ECG 505 Applied Microeconomic Analysis
3
ECG 512 Law and Economics
3

ECG 515

Environmental and Resource Policy

3
ECG 540 Economic Development
3
ECG 548 International Economics
3
ECG (ST) 561 Intermediate Econometrics
3
ECG 700 Fundamentals of Microeconomics
3
PA 511 Public Policy Analysis
3
PA 550 Environmental Policy
3
OR 501 Introduction to Operations Research
3
OR 505 Introduction to Linear Programming
3
BMA 567 Modeling Biological Systems
4
FOR 505 Forest Management
4
FOR 509 Forest Policy
1
GIS 520 Principles of Spatial Analysis
3
FOR 734 Advanced Forest Management Planning (prerequisite of FOR 505, OR 501 or higher)
3
ST 708 Applied Least Squares
3
ST 732 Applied Longitudianal Data Analysis
3
ST 733 Applied Spatial Statistics
3
Based on student interest, special topics courses (595) with variable credit hours are offered at NCSU including:
Non-market Valuation
Risk Assessment
Pine Plantation Management
Survey Methods
Forest Economics II (twin to FOR 319)

DUKE

Course

Description

Credit Hours

Environ 211 Energy and the Environment
3
Environ 252 Sustainability and Renewable Resource Economics
3
Environ 270 Resource and Environmental Economics
3
Environ 271 Economic Analysis of Res & Environmental Policies
3
Environ 350 Program Evaluations of Environmental Policies
3
Environ 385 Environmental Decision Analysis
3
Based on student interest, special topic courses with variable credit hours are offered at Duke (ENVIRON, PUBPOL) and UNC (ENVR, PLAN)
 
Total Credit Hours
9

 

Additional Courses/Requirements

  • 10 additional credits of selected courses are required as selected in cooperation with the student’s advisor and advisory committee, which may include:
  • NR 695 Master’s Thesis Research or
    NR 693 Master’s Supervised Research (up to 6 credit hours)

Students who do not have a background in natural resources or a related field may be required to take up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate course work that cannot be counted towards the MNR degree program, but this is seldom required.

Total Credit Hours:  30 Credit Hours

Recent Project Titles

  • Financial Analysis of Forestry Incentives Programs
  • Program Evaluation of Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
  • Economic Analysis of Forest Plantations on the Hofmann Forest
  • Cost of Forest Certification in North Carolina - Southern Center for Sustainable Forestry Project
  • Managing hardwood forests for timber and wildlife in the Southeast Piedmont : an analysis of tradeoffs
  • Physical and economic constraints on wetland mitigation sustainability
  • A land management plan proposal for Bald Head Island Conservancy's Maritime Forest Sanctuary
  • Long Term Sustainability of Bloodroot Supply in Western North Carolina
  • Hofmann Forest Site Quality Modeling and Estimation
  • A Comparison of Harvesting Residue Yield and Recovery Rates For Energy Policy Development
  • An Empirical Analysis of Adaptability to Climate Change and Risk in Forest Management
  • Estimating the Potential Impact of Carbon Markets on North Carolina Forests
  • Examining the Adoption of Agroforestry In Southeastern Mexico: Three Essays from a Survey with Farmers in Calakmul, Campeche
  • Landscape characteristics and North Carolina stream life: A multiple-scale ecological risk assessment of nonpoint source pollution
  • Detection and analysis of changes in clear-cut harvest patterns using remote sensing and GIS

Links / Additional Information

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources Prospective Graduate Students website