The Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics offers both a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. These programs are for applicants with a focused interest in applying economic principles to solve environmental problems and natural resource use issues. While no specific background in either economics or environmental sciences is required, people who can approach problems analytically are most suited for these programs. This could come from college science courses or work experience in jobs that require analytical decision-making or the ability to break problems into smaller pieces and then address each problem. For example, some prior students have come from diverse backgrounds in biology, economics, consulting, engineering, database programming, and resource management. Consider learning about these graduate programs while you’re an undergraduate environmental and natural resource economics student here at URI.