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Green Business

Green business studentOne of the nation’s first undergraduate programs of its kind, the green business program combines general business and environmental economics—and can be completed in four years. This double degree program is perfect for you if you are interested in corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, non-profit management, green marketing, renewable energy, global environmental challenges, environmental policy, and energy finance.

As a general business major you develop a well-rounded understanding of how businesses function. As an enivornmental economics major, you learn how humans and the environment interacts. In the green business program, you combine these tools to analyze complex environmental problems and design innovative solutions for businesses.


See the sample schedule below for coursework for the first two years of the program and a listing of general business and environmental natural resource economics electives.

Semester I (16 credits)

  • COM 100  Communication Fundamentals
  • BUS 110 Business Computing Applications
  • NRS 100 Natural Resource Conservation
  • EEC 105 Intro to Environmental Economics
  • Foreign Language
  • URI 101  Traditions & Transformations

Semester II (18 credits)

  • EEC 205 Resource Management & Conservation
  • BUS 111  Intro to Business Analysis & Applications
  • GEO 100 Environmental Geology
  • WRT 104 Writing to Inform & Explain
  • Foreign Language
  • Behavioral Science Elective

Semester III (15 credits)

  • EEC 310 Economics for Environmental Management
  • ECN 328 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • BUS 201 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 210  Managerial Statistics
  • CHM 103 Introduction to Chemistry

Semester IV (15 credits)

  • BIO 105 Biology for Daily Life
  • ECN 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • BUS 202 Managerial Accounting
  • WRT 227 Business Communications
  • Fine Arts Elective

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics—Concentration Electives

  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Sustainable Energy: Economics and Policy
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Markets, Trade, and Natural Resources
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Independent Study and Internships

General Business—Concentration Electives

  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Fundamentals of Risk Management & Insurance
  • Marketing Principles
  • Junior Career Passport Program
  • Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business in Society
  • International Dimensions of Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management


An increasing number of companies now employ individuals whose focus is on corporate sustainability, such as a chief sustainability officer. This program gives you the lead for careers in the growing field of green business.


If you are interested in the green business double degree program at the University of Rhode  Island, please contact Associate Dean Deborah Rosen at


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