Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics

The environmental, energy, and resource economics minor studies the interrelationship between the economy and the environment. With the courses in this minor, you’ll also examine the role of sustainability in business and economic development.

After completing courses in introductory economics, you’ll dive into foundational coursework that connects economic theories to the environment, energy, and natural resources. Learn about the business case for sustainable practices and how organizational decisions can affect the economy and environment.

Who’s eligible for the environmental, energy, and resource economics minor?

All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson.

How many credits are required?

12 core credits (9 must be AEM courses) on topics like intermediate microeconomics, resource economics, and the business of energy. In addition, 6 credits in introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics are required.

I’m interested. What’s next?

After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page, you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:

You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Foundation Courses

This minor requires 6 credits in microeconomics and macroeconomics before taking the minor’s core courses. A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Core Requirements

The minor’s core requirements (12 credits) must be fulfilled by taking courses from the list below.  Please note that 9 credits must be AEM courses.

A letter grade of a C or better is required. Transfer courses are not permitted for core requirements.  Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with the other AEM minors – the courses you choose may only count toward one minor.


Featured Course: Resource Economics

AEM 4500 – Resource Economics introduces you to the economics of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources. In this course, you’ll cover the valuation and use of land; water economics, management, and conservation; fishery economics; forest use; and sustainability. Use dynamic models to analyze decision-making over time and connect business to natural resources.