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Environmental and Energy Resources ManagementMajor

Offering a broad curriculum in energy, the environment, economics and entrepreneurship, the E*Quad program will prepare you to enter multiple sectors of a fast-growing industry.

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Four areas of elective focus comprise this program, giving you a comprehensive and well-rounded foundation in economics, energy, entrepreneurship and environment.


What is Environmental and Energy Resources Management at WVU like?


The Environmental and Energy Resources Management major, commonly referred to as E*Quad, will equip you to enter a variety of careers in the energy industry. You’ll learn the business of energy production and utilization along with associated environmental management, regulatory and policy issues.

This unique program provides a strong foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in the growing energy and environmental sectors of the economy. Whether in private business, government, consulting or in your own entrepreneurial ventures, you’ll be able to apply these concepts across both traditional and alternative energy sources.

You'll choose courses centered on one of four “E” areas (economics, energy, entrepreneurship and environment) and take six hours of GIS courses to gain additional skills desired by employers.

Environmental and Energy Resources Management program highlights:

At a Glance

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Elective Focuses

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Economics
    Learn the fundamental theories of economics.
  • Energy
    Learn the fundamentals of energy production, land use planning, energy efficient design and green building systems.
  • Entrepreneurship
    Take courses in business management, business communications, marketing, finance and business law to prepare for your own entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Environment
    Learn about various aspects of the environment and the impact energy production has on it.

Fast Facts

What makes Environmental and Energy Resources Management at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to do undergraduate research in course 495-Independent Study (1-6 hours). This is a faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

3+3 Law Degree Program

This major is eligible for the 3+3 Law Degree Program that allows qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Most graduates go on to work in a sector of the energy industry, taking on roles such as project analyst, sustainability analyst, environmental manager, sustainability coordinator, natural resources project coordinator land manager or procurement specialist, among many others.

Other graduates go on to pursue a graduate degree (MS) in fields such as energy systems engineering, safety management and energy environments. The latter is a new MS degree program at WVU to be introduced in the fall 2018 semester.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Environmental and Energy Resources Management major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Environmental and Energy Resources Management at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Environmental and Energy Resources Management major.

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Popular Courses

ARE 187:
Energy Resource Economics

Dilemmas posed for developing and modern societies by rising energy demands amid concerns for the world's environment. Economics of fuel sources and technologies, and historical and new concerns over resource scarcities.

ARE 199:
Orientation to Agriculture and Resource Economics

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

ARE 201:
Principles of Resource and Energy

Analyzes problems important or peculiar to mineral industry economics; exhaustion, externalities, risks, production cycle, industry structure, pricing, role of minerals in development and trade, resource planning. Energy, metals, industrial minerals. (3 hr. lec.)

ARE 204:
Agribusiness Management

Overview of the agribusiness decision-making process, and the functions of agribusiness management; analysis of financial statements and budgeting for evaluating profitability of alternative enterprises and practices.

ARE 220:
Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics

Economic analysis of environmental pollution, natural resource conservation and management, outdoor recreation, public land use, wildlife resources, water use, property rights, and benefit-cost issues.

ARE 382:
Agricultural and Natural Resources Law

Introduction to legal concepts, principles and practices related to environmental, natural resource, and agricultural issues; in the context of the legal system within which statues are enacted, administered and enforced.

ARE 410:
Environmental and Resource Economics

Economic analysis of natural resource and environmental problems; management of renewable and non-renewable resources and environmental amenities; market failure, externalities, benefit-cost and risk analysis; property rights and the "taking" issue.

ARE 445:
Energy Economics

Analysis of the energy sector and its relationship to the rest of the economy; energy security, deregulation, full cost pricing, substitutability among energy sources, transmission, new technologies, environmental considerations.

ARE 450:
Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Policy

Economic analysis of agricultural, natural resource and environmental policies; problems of externalities and market failure, and alternative policies for addressing such problems; benefits and cost of alternative policies.

RESM 440:
Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems

An introductory course designed to provide the necessary background and techniques to use GIS technology to analyze and solve spatial problems. An emphasis is placed on acquisition, management, and manipulation of spatial data.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Environmental and Energy Resources Management major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Environmental and Energy Resources Management at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Environmental and Energy Resources Management at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Environmental and Energy Resources Management major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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