Resource Economics

At 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. And 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.

It’s Career Fair Season – are you ready?

Starting in mid-September, the fall UMass career fair season gets underway.

Of particular note to SBS majors are the Isenberg Virtual Career Day, on Sept. 28th, the Tech Jobs & Internships Fair (both in-person) on Oct. 6th, and our Innovation …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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What does it mean to withdraw from a class and why might you want to do that?

After the Add/Drop deadline, you may still withdraw from a class if you feel like you won’t be as successful as you had hoped.

There are two different procedures for withdrawing from a class after Add/Drop.

1) If you decide …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising
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Fake job offers are on the rise – Spotting Fraudulent Employers

Protect Yourself from Scams

Every year, job scam emails make the rounds, with fake employers attempting to pray on students who just want to earn some money.  We heard this morning from several students who have received emails from fraudulent …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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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 2020 was 60%, 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 2021 was just shy of 60%, 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.