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Changing Your Major to ResEc

If you’re considering changing your major to ResEc, there are a few steps you should take first:

1.  Consider if ResEc is right for you. This is a rigorous, math-intensive program, which may not appeal to all students. ResEc students are interested in economics and are required to complete courses in introductory and intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students are also required to complete three courses in statistics (introductory and intermediate) and quantitative methods.

2.  Attend an information session. Students must attend an information session and complete the Online Statement of Interest before being invited to schedule an advising appointment to complete the change of major process. This process helps students assess if ResEc is a good fit and designs a plan for academic success.

Spring 2017 Info Sessions:

Wednesday, February 1 @ 1:30 pm
Thursday, February 2 @ 1:15 pm
Thursday, March 2 @ 11:45 am
Monday, March 6 @ 2:45 pm
Tuesday, March 21 @ 4:15 pm
Wednesday, April 19 @ 1:30 pm

*Please note that the April session occurs after Fall 2017 preregistration for all class years has opened.

All sessions will be held in STOCKBRIDGE 303. Please contact the Res Ec Undergraduate Advising Office at advising@resecon.umass.edu with questions.

3.  Review the Undergraduate Handbook. This will help you decide whether you’d like to change your major to ResEc and whether you can finish your degree on time. Please review each of the following sections:

Departmental Core Requirements (p. 5)

Resource Economics Courses: Semester Offered & Prerequisites (p. 9)

Three Major Options within Resource Economics:

Consumer and Family Economics (p. 10)

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (p. 11)

Managerial Economics (p. 12)

4.  Submit a statement of interest. If you’re prepared to commit to the Resource Economics major please fill out an Online Statement of Interest for Major (a secure form). Once you have completed both the Statement of Interest and attended an Information Session, an advisor will contact you within 7 days to schedule an advising appointment.