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University of Rhode Island — Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
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Preparation
What should I do now as an undergraduate?

In general, applicants should have completed course work in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and calculus and have a minimum B average in undergraduate work. However, the department has considerable experience in working with students who do not have undergraduate majors in economics or resource economics. In our experience, many who study resource economics for a Master of Science degree in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics have taken undergraduate degrees in fields other than economics, agricultural economics, or resource economics. In recent years, we have had Master of Science students with backgrounds in physics, biopsychology, biology, zoology, history, English, psychology, and engineering. Some of these students have come to our program after job experiences or public service that have convinced them of the importance of resource and environmental economics in public policy formation. Others have developed their interests too late in their undergraduate careers to conveniently adjust their majors. We welcome these students because often they have insights, skills, and knowledge about the physical and biological world that combines well with the subject matter of resource and environmental economics. We take pride in having the program flexibility that allows us to develop individual programs for such students and then produce graduates who are competitive with their peers at other first-rate departments throughout the world