The Option in Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in economics and flexibility in selecting a set of 100- and 200- level economics courses to complete the major. Those declaring this option must complete the core courses and additional courses in economics. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in Economics.
Option in Environmental Economics
The Option in Environmental Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in Economics with an environmental emphasis. Those declaring this option must complete the Economics core program courses, additional courses in Economics, and courses from the Environmental Economics electives. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in Environmental Economics.
Environmental and resource economics often focus on the costs and benefits of resolving such critical conflicts as water quality, recreational land and water use, erosion control, rainforest use and preservation, invasive species, waste disposal, industrial land use, and pollution-related issues.
Environmental economists can provide information relevant to policy decisions and debates on environmental issues by estimating the benefits and costs of alternative policies, describing how environmental impacts affect economic systems, and assessing the economic performance of alternative policies.
Students majoring in environmental and resource economics are qualified for a wide variety of opportunities upon graduation. Private business, public institutions and government agencies currently have a strong demand for specialists trained in natural resource development, land and water use policy, regional and rural development, and other areas in the environmental and resource economics field.
Option in International Economics
The Option in International Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in Economics with an international emphasis. Those declaring this option must complete the Economics core program courses, additional courses in Economics, and courses from the International Economics electives. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in International Economics.
Robust employment opportunities and attractive career paths are increasingly available for those possessing knowledge, perspectives, and analytical approaches in International Economics. CSU, Chico Economics graduates with courses in International Economics are employed by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service, international banks, airlines, multinational corporations, and in a variety of specialty niches. Their skills and knowledge, coupled with their BA in Economics, results in earning attractive salaries and comprehensive fringe benefits.
As the global economy becomes more integrated, and the war on terrorism demands scrutiny of international financial ramifications, graduates with a BA in Economics with an Option in International Economics will find attractive and varied career opportunities in California, across the United States, and overseas.
Additionally, those pursuing the International Economics Option can fulfill part of their degree requirements overseas and, in that process, acquire valuable language and cultural skills, plus gaining overseas experience.