Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

M.S., Ph.D.

401.874.2471

Faculty: Professor J.L. Anderson, chair; Associate Professor C. Anderson, director of graduate studies. Professors Gates, Grigalunas, Opaluch, Roheim, and Swallow; Assistant Professors Schnier, E. Uchida, and H. Uchida; Adjunct Professors Asche, Holland, Mazzotta, and Rubino; Professors Emeriti Gates, Sutinen, and Tyrrell.

Specializations

Environmental economics, renewable and nonrenewable natural resource economics, fisheries management, international fisheries development, international trade, fisheries marketing, coastal zone land use and management, quality of the marine environment, aquaculture economics, offshore oil and gas management, and natural resource pricing policies.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: the GRE is required. A strong undergraduate record in economics, statistics, and mathematics is highly desirable.

Program requirements: for the thesis option, 24 credits including EEC 501, 502, 528, 534, 535, and 576, in addition to a written comprehensive examination, and at least six EEC 599 M.S. thesis credits. For the nonthesis option, 33 credits including 501, 502, 528, 534, 535, and 576, in addition to a written comprehensive examination, and one EEC 598 credit given for a substantial paper requiring significant independent research. EEC 501 must be taken each semester by full-time graduate students in residence, but only one credit may count toward the program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: GRE, six credits in statistics, and the following courses or their equivalents—ECN 327, 328, and 375.

Program requirements: the Ph.D. qualifying exam is required of students admitted without the master’s degree. EEC 501, 502, 528, 534, 535, 576, 602, 624, 628, 630, 634, 676, and 699 are required. EEC 501 must be taken each semester by full-time graduate students in residence, but only one credit may count toward the program. Students with a master’s degree in a closely related field may transfer up to 30 credits toward their Ph.D. Additional courses may be elected from appropriate offerings, such as economics, resource economics, engineering, geography, oceanography, mathematics, natural resources science, political science, statistics, computer science, finance, marine affairs, and management science. The Ph.D. dissertation will be written on a problem involving marine resources, coastal issues, or an associated industry, such as minerals, petroleum, fisheries, water, transportation, recreation, or waste disposal.