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So, you want to be a Resource Economics Major?

Resource Economics On Campus
Information Sessions

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 assists students in examining whether ResEc is a good fit for them and designing a plan for academic success.

Thursday, January 30th at 4:00 pm
Friday, January 31st at 11:15 am
Wednesday, April 2nd at 11:15 am
Thursday, April 3rd at 4:00 pm
Friday, April 11th at 12:20 pm

All sessions will be held in STOCKBRIDGE 303

For information please contact the
ResEc Undergraduate Advising Office:
advising@resecon.umass.edu

If this is an academic decision that you have been considering then we strongly encourage you to review the following questions.

Should I like solving quantitative problems?

It is important to realize that the undergraduate program in Resource Economics is quantitative. This does not appeal to some students. You will be challenged in Resource Economics, but at the same time you will receive excellent instruction. In particular, if you are apprehensive about mathematics and quantitative courses, this program may not be for you.

Should I like economics?

Being interested in economics is a necessary component of becoming a Resource Economics Major. The discipline of Resource Economics is founded on economic principles. All students are required to take two courses in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Following that preparation, the majority of Resource Economics option courses focus on microeconomic issues and hence build further upon the prerequisite microeconomic theory courses.

What Fields May I Study in Resource Economics?

Resource Economics has three options: Consumer and Family Economics, Managerial Economics in Food and Resource Industries, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Descriptions of the options can be found here.

What is My Best Source for Information?

The short answer is: The Undergraduate Handbook.

You must become familiar with the Undergraduate Handbook. Doing so will put you in a better position to make an informed decision as to whether you are prepared to commit to the Resource Economics Major.  Please review each of the following sections:

Can I Finish My Degree on Time?

Careful review of the above mentioned sections of the Undergraduate Handbook will give you an idea as to whether you can complete the program within your expected time frame.  If, for example, you enter the program as a junior, you can expect your stay at the university to be lengthened. You can get a flavor for this by looking at the timing of courses and their prerequisites as outlined on page 9 of the Handbook.

I Have Reviewed the Handbook, Now What?

Statement of Interest Are Due Online:

Friday, April 18

In order to register for Fall 2014 courses
as a Resource Economics major

If you are prepared to commit to the Resource Economics Major then we encourage you to fill out a Statement of Interest for Major Transfers online (a secure form). Once you have completed both the Statement of Interest and attended an Information Session, you will be contacted within 7 days to schedule an advising appointment.