Data Analytics

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

In a time of exceptional computing power and data availability, an economics degree supplemented with data analytics skills is highly valued in the job market. Data Analytics will provide a strong core in applied economics and data analysis, a combination that is fundamental for parsing global influences on food markets and natural resource conservation. Learn how to interpret ever-growing sources of data gleaned from satellites, citizen science, etc., and use it to provide economic insight and advanced analytics for decision-making.

Why this program?

  • Combine economics, data analysis, and physical sciences and graduate with a unique set of skills for the labour market.
  • Increase your job prospects by learning skills in causal inference, spatial data analysis, and predictive analytics.
  • Benefit from a small program that encourages strong connections between students and professors who act as both instructors and mentors.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

This program will give you specialized knowledge in the economics of natural resource conservation and global food markets. You can choose to tackle critical issues resulting from climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, and slowing agricultural productivity.

You will support your economic analysis using data analysis built on standard coding platforms such Python and R. Data visualization will help you observe and present trends in environmental outcomes and map spatial data. By learning to evaluate causal relationships you can make or reject claims on the efficacy of governmental and non-governmental policies, such as carbon taxes, invasive species restrictions, and certifications.

Experiential learning and research

Students are encouraged to use FRE 497 (Directed Studies in Food and Resource Economics) to engage in a professor-supervised research project and gain a deeper understanding of depth in the food and natural resource area of their choosing.

Life at UBC's Vancover campus

In this program you’ll have access to the talents and diverse perspectives of instructors in the Food and Resource Economics (FRE) group, the Vancouver School of Economics, and the UBC Sauder School of Business. Flexible electives and opportunity are key strengths of the program.

Your future

There are many types of jobs for graduates with an undergraduate degree in Food and Resource Economics, especially those with a Data Analytics specialization. Employers may include environmental non-governmental organizations, government agencies involved in natural resource conservation, and the agri-food sector. Potential job titles include:

  • Analyst (decision support, credit, market)
  • Junior consultant, research assistant
  • Economic forecaster
  • Sales and marketing associate

Students are also well trained to apply for various graduate programs in agricultural and resource economics, economics, and statistics at UBC and other universities.