Resource Economics

In the Department of Resource Economics, we tackle complex questions about how to use our environmental, natural and human resources. By researching important societal problems and gathering and analyzing data, we offer policy solutions that move the needle on today’s most pressing issues. Our undergraduate and graduate programs focus on industrial organization, environmental economics, and natural resource economics. Our award-winning faculty produces groundbreaking research that impacts how we approach our world.

Undergraduate program options include a Bachelor’s degree and a minor.

Welcome to the Resource Economics Community

Resource Economics is an applied field of economics in which quantitative techniques and economic principles are combined to study private and public decision making. Emphasis is on natural resources and environmental issues. Career opportunities include research, planning, education, and administration with federal, state, or community governments, as well as in private businesses that provide services in various environmental and natural resource areas. Although most graduates accept jobs immediately after completing their degree, the program also provides excellent preparation for graduate school in Resource Economics, Economics, and Public Policy.

Summer Tutoring with the LRC

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is offering tutoring for Summer Session I and Summer Session II Courses.

All summer tutoring appointments are virtual. You will need to set up a tutoring session through Navigate. The Zoom link for your tutoring …

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SBS Seniors: Tell us what you are doing!

Seniors: Are you still looking? (a lot of you are!) Do you have a job lined up? Are you going to graduate school? Doing a Year of Service? Serving in the Military? Let us know! The SBS First Destination Survey

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Google Analytics 4 (GA4) Essential Training (2021)

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Social Media Marketing Strategy: TikTok and Instagram Reels

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Excel Essential Training (Microsoft 365) (2018)

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Learn how to apply Six Sigma to drive improvements in the performance of your processes, products, and services. Dr. Richard…

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PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides (2017)

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SQL Essential Training (2019)

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Social Media Marketing Foundations (2020)

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The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2022 was 70%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2023 was 80%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.