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Welcome to the Resource Economics Major

Resource Economics examines how firms and consumers make production, consumption, and investment choices and how to use the Earth’s resources sustainably and economically. We seek answers to questions about how to allocate our resources for current populations while protecting these same resources for future generations. Resource economists conduct important research that influences how we live our lives today and tomorrow. 

The Experience

As Resource Economics major, you’ll dive into a math-heavy curriculum that trains you to analyze data. You’ll gain a strong foundation in microeconomics and quantitative methods. Your professors will challenge you to think outside the box to creatively respond to society’s unanswered questions and unsolved problems. Our classes, which emphasize team-based learning, will provide you with real world skills that you’ll apply in your career or in graduate school. You’ll have access to excellent internship opportunities, and in your senior year, you’ll prepare a portfolio that will showcase your research and skills.

What You’ll Learn

Students complete eleven core courses that focus on economics, quantitative methods, and communication skills, and then have a choice of additional courses in one of three areas:

You can also:

  • Have opportunities for advanced study in microeconomics and econometrics, including both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Develop your own Honors research project with one of our faculty members on an important current issue.
  • Assist with economic experiments as part of a faculty research project, or perhaps your own Honors research project.
  •  Work as an undergraduate teaching assistant in one of our introductory or intermediate microeconomics or statistics courses.
  • Gain insights into private firm and government employment by meeting with Resource Economics alums as part of the Resource Economics Society, our student organization.

What You’ll Do with Your Degree

Resource Economics shapes the way you process information and make informed decisions to help shape the world around you. Your experience will give you tangible skills for the workplace. Our students continue on to a range of careers and are highly recruited by a wide range of industries, from management and marketing to research, consulting, and regulatory activities. The program also provides excellent preparation for graduate school.