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BS in Economics

Economics majors learn how to analyze social and business problems and to examine the proper role of the market and the government in solving these problems. Students have the opportunity to take specialized courses such as Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Game Theory, International Economics and Money and Banking.

Students who have earned a degree in economics have gone on to careers in banking, consulting, financial research, the government, the hedge fund industry, insurance firms such as Travelers and industrial firms such as General Electric and United Technologies. Besides preparing a student for graduate study in economics, the major provides excellent preparation for graduate study in business, law and public policy.

Program Learning Outcomes
The BS in economics program has the following three program learning outcomes:

  1. Knowledge of Economics: Students demonstrate and can apply the core theories of economics.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: Students develop the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally, and to interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics to draw inferences. They also develop an ability to use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve social and business problems.
  3. Critical Thinking: Students develop the ability to recognize problems and to acquire, assess and synthesize information to analyze social and business problems.

Curriculum + Requirements

To earn a BS degree in economics, students must complete 120 credits.

Required Courses for Economics Majors (21 credits):

Course Title Credits
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
EC 211 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
EC 212 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
EC 271 Statistics for Economics and Business 3
EC 365 Econometrics 3
EC 450 Senior Seminar 3

Economics Electives (12 credits)

Choose four economics courses numbered 200 or higher.

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
Minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120.

Minor in Economics

Students who wish to augment their field of study with the perspective and skills of economics are encouraged to consider a minor in economics. In addition to the University Curriculum economics courses (EC 111: Principles of Microeconomics and EC 112: Principles of Macroeconomics), students must complete four additional economics courses for the minor. The courses used for the minor are subject to approval by the department chair.