BSc. Natural Resource Economics

Duration: 3 Years


The BSc. Natural Resource Economics degree is designed to contribute to the challenges of developing natural resources while sustaining biodiversity and minimizing environmental degradation.This challenge is especially real in the developing world where natural resources are basic to national economic development. By focusing on the biophysical controls of the state of the resources and linking these to the socio-economic environment, this program exposes students various options of sustainable development. This does explain the multidisciplinary nature of the course with various tools to explore the linkages between natural resources / environment with poverty and politics within the context of emerging issues and concepts like climate change, ecological debt, and gender equity. Furthermore, consideration is given to the international orientation of these issues / concepts bringing on board the need to understand multilateral environmental agreements and thereby be in position to negotiate environmental deals across the borders.

Program Content

Year 1, Semester I
NRE 1011 Introduction to Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
NRE 1012 Introductory Microeconomics
NRE 1013 Introductory Macroeconomics
NRE 1014 Mathematical Concepts
NRE 1015 Computer Application Skills
Year 1, Semester II
NRE 1021 Environment Ethics
NRE 1022 Public Sector and Welfare Economics
NRE 1023 Systems Ecology
NRE 1024 Industrial Ecology
NRE 1025 Introductory Statistics
NRE 1026 Principles of Marketing
Year 2, Semester I
NRE2011 Production Economics
NRE2012 Entrepreneurship
NRE 2013 Intermediate Microeconomics
NRE 2014 Research methods in Resource and Environmental Economics
NRE 2015 Gender in Natural Resources Management
NRE 2016 Natural Resource Economics
Year 2, Semester II
NRE 2021 Quantitative methods in environment
NRE 2022 Resource and Environmental Policy & Valuation
NRE 2023 Natural Resource and Environmental Impact Assessment
NRE 2024 Econometrics
NRE 2025 Environmental Economics
NRE 2026 Natural Resource Planning & Management
NRE 2027 Ecological Economics
NRE 2028 Urbanization and the Environment
NRE3018 Trade and Environment
NRE3019 Agriculture and Environment
Year 3, Semester I
NRE 3011 New Institutional Economics
NRE 3012 Forestry Resource Economics and Management
NRE3013 Natural Resource and Environmental law
NRE 3014 Waste Management Principles
NRE 3015 Rural development
NRE 3016 Land Economics
NRE 3017 Environmental Policy
Year 3, Semester II
NRE 3021 Introduction to Geographical Information System (GIS)
NRE 3022 Fisheries Economics and Management
NRE3023 Analytical Tools for Decision Making (Cost Benefit Analysis)
NRE 3024 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
NRE3025 Energy Resource Economics
NRE 3026 Emerging Issues (Climate Change)

MSc. Climate Change and Disaster Management

Duration: 2 Years


The Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is currently implementing a program on Natural Resource Economics and is in the process of developing both undergraduate and graduate programs. The proposed master’s program is linked to natural resource economics with a focus on climate change and disaster management.

The program is unique and the first of its kind in the region focusing on climate change and related disasters which are key issues of National development. The program cuts across several disciplines and is foreseen to be on high demand in the country and region at large.

The program is designed to impart skills and knowledge to professionals involved in the design and implementation of interventions to minimize damages of climate change and response to related disasters often with international orientation. Graduates will be in a good position to negotiate compensation deals and the marketing of carbon related transactions.

The two year duration course will cover theories and related analytical tools in the following areas: Climatology and climate change, socio-economic methodology, disaster assessment and management, decision modeling and GIS and Spatial Analysis. Thesis research and seminars are also covered comprehensively

Program Content

Year 1, Semester I
MCC 8101 Principles of Climatology and Climate Change
MCC 8102 Industrial Ecology
MCC 8103 GIS and Spatial Analysis
MCC 8104 Methods in Environmental Sociology
MCC 8105 Applied statistics: Design and Analysis of Experiments
Year 1, Semester II
MCC 8201 Mathematical Modeling and Econometrics
MCC 8202 Research Methods
MCC 8203 Resource and Environmental Economics
MCC 8204 Disaster assessment and management
MCC 8205 Natural resource governance
Year 2, Semester I
MCC 9101 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment & Social safeguards
MCC 9102 Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Assessment
MCC 9103 Environmental degradation and Early Warning Techniques
MCC 9104 Project Cycle Management and Carbon Projects
MCC 9105 Decision modeling
MCC 9106 Ecological Debt, Environmental Law and Policy
MCC 9107 Methods in natural resource evaluation and use planning
Year 2, Semester II
MCC 9401 Thesis research
MCC 9402 Seminars