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Resource Economics and Policy

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Sustainable use of our land, water and plant resources is increasingly recognized as a key societal goal in the 21st Century. The Resource Economics and Policy field of study involves the development of policies directly relevant to the management of these resources.


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Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management

  • B.Sc.(RRM)

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What is Resource Economics and Policy?

Resource Economics and Policy combines science, field study, economics, policy, and project design and implementation to produce a unique educational experience for students.  You will learn about:

  • sustainable resource management
  • economics of natural resource, water, forestry and land use
  • finding practical ways to conserve water, forests, biodiversity and energy
  • renewable resource and environmental decision making
  • resource and environmental policy development

Renewable Resource Management: Is it for you?

Are you interested in exploring how management decisions and policy development influences sustainable development? Do you enjoy working on practical problems related to renewable resource management and environmental concerns? Would you like to build the necessary skills to sustainably manage our land, water, and plant resources?

The Resource Economics and Policy program might be the right fit for you!

Students participate in a gorup project design course and complete a resource management group project, enabling students to gain real-world experience as they develop their leadership and management skills. You wll experience:

  • practical, hands on experience in assessing environmental challenges
  • opportunities to work with students with different perspectives
  • the opportunity to develop skills with a range of tools to assist renewable resource decision making

Sample Classes

Identification of Saskatchewan Plants and Soils
Will provide training in the identification of common plants and soils found in the major ecozones of Saskatchewan. The principles of mapping plant communities and soil units will also be covered in each ecozone along with the application of plant and soil information to wetland classification.

Natural Resource Management and Indigenous Peoples
Explores the concepts, practices and issues associated with the management of land and resources by Canada's Aboriginal peoples. By examining the premises underlying varying approaches to resource management, this course will examine Aboriginal rights and management responsibility for fisheries, water resources, wildlife, forestry, parks and protected areas, and non-renewable resources. This course also examines the role of traditional/local ecological knowledge in resource management and impact assessment.

Will provide training in the identification of common plants and soils found in the major ecozones of Saskatchewan. The principles of mapping plant communities and soil units will also be covered in each ecozone along with the application of plant and soil information to wetland classification.
Group Project in Renewable Resource Management
An independent group study that provides experience in the principles and practice of executing a project in renewable resource management from the proposal stage to the presentation of the final report. Fourth year students from both the science and Policy and Economics majors of the program will propose and execute a real-world resource management project. Successful completion of the group project requires students to develop and exercise skills in group coordination, logistics, and liaising with external stakeholders.

Career Opportunities

The renewable and non-renewable resource sectors are booming in Western Canada, creating a growing market for graduates. A variety of careers await graduates in both governmental and non-governmental sectors:

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Land
  • Vegetation Management technicians
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Consulting and Regulating
  • Environmental Research
  • Forestry and Agroforestry
  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Resource Management
  • Parks and Land Management

A Stepping Stone

An RRM degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from this program also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.

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