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Natural Resources and American Institutions now a Breadth Credit


Natural Resources and American Institutions, aka APEC 1600, is now being offered to students as a breadth course that helps fulfill the general education requirements at Utah State University.

Eric Edwards, the course instructor, said this class also exposes students to issues and debates that are relevant to all majors. These issues include agricultural production, urban development, pollution and economic growth.

“Understanding the institutional and economic history behind contemporary debates on air quality, public lands, monetary policy and race will help students become more informed citizens, while gaining the career-enhancing ability to analyze problems from the perspective of an economist,” Edwards said.

Students enrolled in the course focus on the interactions of individual citizens, businesses and government agencies. During the class, they learn about the major role the natural resources of the United States has played when it comes to making economic decisions. 

“This course is an excellent Breadth American Institutions course as it covers elements of history, political institutions and economics in the United States from the early foundational years until present day,” said Dillon Fuez, head of the Department of Applied Economics. “Students find this course to be an interesting and stimulating experience, and they will likely view economics and natural resources in a different manner after taking this course.”

APEC 1600: Natural Resources and American Institutions is offered both fall and spring semesters.

Writer: Aubree Thomas,
Contacts: Dillon Feuz,, 435-494-2296
Contact Eric Edwards,, 435-797-0915

March 28, 2017