Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics


The departmental Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics is awarded to qualifying undergraduate majors with a “field of concentration” in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

*These are the certificate requirements for those admitted in fall 2014 or later.  For majors admitted prior to fall 2014 and are working towards this certificate, please use this application.


To qualify for the certificate, students must complete two core courses as follows:

  • ECON 435 – Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 436 – Economics of the Environment

Students must also complete two courses chosen from the following list:

  • ECON 404 – Industrial Organization and Price Analysis
  • ECON 415 – Study Abroad (if content is relevant and approved by an adviser)
  • ECON 437 – Economics of Biological Resources
  • ECON 450 – Public Finance: Expenditure Policy
  • ECON 451 – Public Finance: Tax Policy
  • ECON 454 – Cost-Benefit Analysis (recommended)
  • ECON 455 – Microeconomics of Public Policy
  • ECON 485 – Game Theory with Applications to Economics
  • ECON 486 – Economics of Information

Students must earn a  grade point average for the four courses of at least 3.3.

Getting the Application

To apply, complete the Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics application. Printed copies of the application are also available from the advising office in Savery Hall, room 305.

Application for those admitted prior to Fall 2014
Application for those admitted Fall 2014 or later

When you have completed the required classes, fill out the application and return it with an unoffical UW transcript to:

Advising Office, Department of Economics
Box 353330
Savery 305
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Please print your name clearly as you wish it to appear and include your permanent mailing address. Certificates are not printed on a regular schedule so there may be some delay between your date of graduation and receipt of your certificate.