This program offers an area of emphasis in applied economics for natural resource
economics (NRE). It allows students to further specialize in (1) natural resource
and/or environmental economics, (2) regional economics and/or development, or (3)
spatial analysis. The NRE program provides students with a strong foundation in
economic theory, economic and policy analysis, and quantitative methods. The primary
objective of the PhD in NRE is to educate professionals capable of meeting the
demands at the highest levels of their chosen occupations.