Economics - Requirements

Economics majors are urged to take MA 19 Introduction to Calculus, or MA 121-122 Applied Calculus I-II, or MA 171-172 Calculus I-II to fulfill their core mathematics requirement. Students interested in the bachelor of science degree should take MA 121-122 or MA 171-172, which can be waived with permission of the chair.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

With its focus on policy analysis and business applications, this degree is designed for students who plan to enter the job market in business or government, or who plan to study business or law at the graduate level.

For a 30-credit bachelor of arts degree in economics, students complete the following:

EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics
EC 12 Introduction to Macroeconomics
EC 204 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
EC 205 Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory

Elective Economics Department courses totaling 18 credits.

No more than three 100-level courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major. Additional 100-level courses may be taken as part of the student’s distribution of elective courses.

Bachelor of Science Degree

With its emphasis on quantitative skills and statistical analysis, this degree prepares students for quantitative applications of economic theory as practiced in actuarial work, economic research, or graduate studies in economics. Students who complete this degree are urged to couple it with a minor in mathematics.

For a 33-credit bachelor of science degree in economics, students complete the following:

EC 11 Introduction to Microeconomics
EC 12 Introduction to Macroeconomics
EC 204 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
EC 204L Intermediate Microeconomics Lab
EC 205 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
EC 205L Intermediate Macroeconomics Lab
EC 278 Economic Statistics
EC 290 Mathematical Economics
EC 380 Econometrics

Elective Economics Department offerings totaling nine credits.

A grade of C or better is necessary in the required courses for the bachelor of science degree. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major.

Minor in Economics

For a 15-credit minor in economics, students complete the following:

EC 11 Microeconomics
EC 12 Macroeconomics

Three elective Economics Department offerings totaling nine credits.

No more than one 100-level economics course may be counted toward the minor.