Majors

Minors

Overview

The Division, one of two in the School of Natural Resources, includes:

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE), comprised of three Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs (emphasizing business, energy, or the environment); two Master of Science (MS) degree programs (one thesis and the other non-thesis); and three Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees (one disciplinary and two interdisciplinary programs);
  • the Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC), a multidisciplinary research and teaching facility that provides geospatially-based research, teaching, and service focused on environmental, energy and natural resource issues for West Virginia, the surrounding Appalachian region and beyond; and
  • the US China Energy Center, a collaboration of the Davis College, National Research Center for Coal and Energy, and WVU Extension Service.

ARE is comprised of 15 faculty, 2 staff, approximately 180 undergraduate students, and around 35 graduate students. Our faculty, staff, and students come from a wide diversity of backgrounds, various parts of the US, and, in case of our graduate programs, also from many countries around the world.

Study in the ARE Program encourages interdisciplinary thinking and the development of professional skills and knowledge to solve practical problems within businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and in local, state, and national government agencies.

Students pursuing the BS degree in Resource Management can choose from the following three majors: Agribusiness Management; Environmental and Energy Resource Management; and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

These majors prepare students for employment in a wide range of positions, depending on their interests and preparation. Many graduates work in businesses related to agriculture and forestry, or a variety of small businesses, often in rural areas and, more recently, find employment in the growing energy area. Government employment opportunities include positions with the Cooperative Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental or natural resource agencies. Students wishing to pursue a career in environmental policy, research, or academics should plan on earning a graduate degree as employment in these areas is highly competitive. About 20% of undergraduates pursue graduate school or go on to earn a law degree. At the graduate level, we offer an MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a PhD in Resource Management and Sustainable Development with areas of emphasis in Human & Community Development, Natural Resource Economics, and Resource Management.

Research focus areas include:

  • Natural resources, energy and environmental economics
  • Spatial analysis and spatial econometrics
  • Regional development, policy and sustainability

MS graduates often go on to complete a Ph.D. program at WVU or elsewhere, with some employed in the private sector as consultants, analysts, or bankers and others employed in the Extension Service or in government agencies such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service or the Environmental Defense Fund. Ph.D. program graduates are either employed as faculty at universities such as California State University, State University of New York, Northern Arizona University, Eastern Oregon University, and University of Puerto Rico; or at government agencies and non-profit organizations such as USDA, United Nations, World Bank, Resources for the Future, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Faculty in the Division of Resource Management collaborate closely with colleagues in other Divisions and Schools across the Davis College and WVU, and especially with the Regional Research Institute.