Degree Requirements for Major in Economics

Students must complete all university level requirements including a total of 120 credit hours, 40 hours of which are in 300- and 400-level courses. All students must maintain a minimum university and major GPA of 2.0. See the undergraduate catalog for more detailed information on university requirements.

The department of economics strongly recommends that any student planning on seeking an advanced degree in economics use option 2 for the Bachelor of Science degree and should also take Economics 490 and Economics 491. Students may also wish to consider the accelerated B.S./M.A. program offered by the department allowing them to earn their Master's of Arts in economics with just one additional year of study.

Courses denoted with an asterisk are available for general education credit.

Departmental Core

  • Economics 260: Principles of Microeconomics (3)*
  • Economics 261: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)*
  • Economics 290: Economic Data Analysis with Excel (1), or
  •      OMIS 324: Introduction to Business Data Analytic Tools (3), or
  •      STAT 324X: Introduction to Business Data Analytic Tools (3)
  • Economics 360: Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
  • Economics 361: Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
  • Economics 492: Research Methods in Economics (3), or
  •      A capstone research paper written in conjunction with a 400-level economics course with approval of Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Bachelor of Science

  • Economics 390: Basic Econometrics and Economic Applications (3)
  • Economics 390A: Basic Econometrics Laboratory (1)
  • Economics Electives at the 300 or 400 level (18)
  • CSCI 210: Elementary Programming (4), or
  •      CSCI 240: Computer Programming in C++ (4)
Students may then choose one of the following two options:
Option 1
  • MATH 210: Finite Mathematics (3)*
  • MATH 211: Calculus for Business and Social Science (4)*
  • STAT 200: Elementary Statistics (4)
Option 2
  • MATH 229: Calculus I (4)*
  • MATH 230: Calculus II (4)
  • STAT 300: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Bachelor of Science with Emphasis in Financial Economics Requirements

  • Economics 370: Current Economics Issues (3)
  • Economics 390: Basic Econometrics and Economic Applications (3)
  • Economics 390A: Basic Econometrics Laboratory (1)
  • Economics 393: Introduction to Matematical Methods in Economics  (3)
  • Economics 489: Seminar in Economic Analysis (3)
  • Economics 490: Economic Statistics and Econometrics (3)
  • Economics 492: Research Methods in Economics (3)
  • Economics 484: Financial Derivatives (3), or
  •      ACSC 460: Financial Derivatives (3), or
  •      Economics Electives at the 300 or 400 level (3)
  • CSCI 240: Computer Programming in C++ (4)
  • MATH 229: Calculus I (4)*
  • MATH 230: Calculus II (4)
  • STAT 300: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

  • Fulfillment of B.A. foreign language requirement (0-12)
  • Economics Electives at the 300 or 400 level (21)
  • STAT 100: Basic Statistics (3)*, or
  •      STAT 200: Elementary Statistics (4)
  •      UBUS 223: Introduction to Business Statistics (3)