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Environmental Economics and Public Policy


Honours in Environmental Economics and Public Policy

Course Sequence | French Immersion

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Environmental issues fill the headlines — climate change, oil sands, species loss, to name but a few. Is it possible to grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time? Is our current model of economic development sustainable? This program provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the environment, the economy and the interaction between the two.

The program offers fourth-year students research internships in the public or not‑for‑profit sectors. All students undertake original public policy research in a capstone course in either environmental or natural resource economics. The program opens doors to careers in environment-economy policy development and analysis in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages

English or Français 4U

Advanced Functions 4U

Calculus and Vectors 4U (strongly recommended)

Note: Students who do not have Calculus 4U may take the equivalent course, MAT 1339, at uOttawa. This course is a prerequisite for MAT 1300.

± 75 %

English (603) or Français (601)

Mathematics (201) Calculus I

Note: Students who do not have Calculus I will need to take the equivalent course, MAT 1339 at uOttawa.

± 65 %

English or Français

Technical and Scientific option or Natural Sciences option (Secondary V)

Note: A make-up course in Functions and/or Calculus and Vectors at uOttawa is a prerequisite to MAT 1000 level courses.

84 %

Program highlights

  • Our Department is extremely diverse, with professors, researchers, and students from around the world. Their interests lie in areas such as development economics, environmental economics, labour economics, public economics, health economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.
  • Our programs prepare students to work in diverse sectors including environmental or public policy, national and international trade, banking, consulting firms, the public sector and international organizations.
  • Our speciality is to educate our students to be able to move beyond ready-made ideas. We help them build academic and professional credibility through the acquisition of solid statistical and analytical skills.
Teagan Gran-Ruaz

Teagan Gran-Ruaz studies Environmental Economics and Public Policy. He customized his program further by adding a Minor in Biology and by enrolling in the CO-OP program.

Career opportunities

  • Economist
  • Policy analyst
  • Environmental program officer
  • Environmental activist

Course examples

International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.


Teagan Gran-Ruaz

“I chose this program because I wanted to combine two of my passions: the environment (expanding my knowledge of key issues such as sustainability, pollution, climate change and conservation) and business (gaining a broader understanding of both private and public sectors). The program’s course sequence offers a great balance between environmental and economics classes. In addition, I can really personalize my degree by taking advantage of a large number of electives.”

Teagan Gran-Ruaz, student

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