Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Economics

Undergraduate Programs
Economics - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics emphasizes the use of advanced math and science in the analysis of economic theories. The program offers students more emphasis on mathematics, statistics, and computer science, as preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate training in economics.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics

  1. The graduation requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

    The University's Mathematics requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in Economics is met by completing Mathematics 132, or 152H.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Economics major is met by completing one of the following courses: Economics 406, 410, 412, 413, 414, 425, 435, 436, 438, 440, 441, 450, 460, 480, 485, 495, 498, or 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. c. below.
     
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses for the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT, including Mathematics 133 or 153H and one of the designated statistics courses.
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 299 Transitions 4
    MTH 309 Linear Algebra I 3
    MTH 310 Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory 3
    MTH 314 Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
    MTH 320 Analysis I 3
    MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
    STT 441 Probability and Statistics I: Probability 3
    STT 442 Probability and Statistics II: Statistics 3
    STT 461 Computations in Probability and Statistics 3
    Mathematics 133 or 153H and Mathematics 234 or 254H and Mathematics 235 may be applied toward the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT. Upon prior approval by the department, other courses may be substituted in fulfillment of the College of Social Science NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT.
  3. The following requirements for the major (30 credits):
    Students may elect to complete more economics courses than those needed to complete the requirements for the major, with the understanding that the grades earned in such courses will be included in the computation of the grade-point average for courses in the major to meet College of Social Science graduation requirements. In order to be eligible to enroll in Economics 499, as referenced in item 3. c. below, students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 in all attempted Economics courses.
    a. All of the following courses in the Department of Economics (15 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    EC 301 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
    EC 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
    EC 420 Introduction to Econometric Methods 3
    A minimum grade of 2.0 must be achieved in both Economics 201 and 202. A maximum of one course repeat (3 credits) may be used to satisfy the 2.0 grade requirement.
     
    Economics 251H may be substituted for Economics 201 and 301. Students who elect this substitution, and who do not take Economics 252H, may satisfy the requirement referenced in item 3. f. by completing at least 2 to 3 credits in Economics courses at the 300-400 level, in addition to the 9 credits referenced in item 3. f.
     
    Economics 252H may be substituted for Economics 202 and 302. Students who elect this substitution, and who do not take Economics 251H, may satisfy the requirement referenced in item 3. f. by completing at least 3 credits in Economics courses at the 300-400 level, in addition to the credits referenced in item 3. f.
     
    Economics 251H and 252H may be substituted for the following group of courses: Economics 201, 202, 301, and 302. Students who elect this substitution may satisfy the requirement referenced in item 3. f. by completing at least 5 to 6 credits in two Economics courses at the 300-400 level, in addition to the credits referenced in item 3. f.
     
    Students who elect to use Economics 251H as a substitute for Economics 201 and/or Economics 252H as a substitute for Economics 202 must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 in the course substitute. A maximum of one course repeat (3 credits) may be used to satisfy the 2.0 grade requirement. 
     
    b. One of the following courses in the international area (3 credits):
    EC 306 Comparative Economic Systems 3
    EC 310 Economics of Developing Countries 3
    EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
    EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W) 3
    EC 410 Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries (W) 3
    EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3
    EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia (W) 3
    EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (W) 3
    EC 440 International Trade (W) 3
    EC 441 International Finance (W) 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W) 3
    EC 410 Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries (W) 3
    EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3
    EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia (W) 3
    EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (W) 3
    EC 425 Law and Economics (W) 3
    EC 435 Public Expenditures (W) 3
    EC 436 Public Revenues (W) 3
    EC 438 Urban Economics (W) 3
    EC 440 International Trade (W) 3
    EC 441 International Finance (W) 3
    EC 450 Economics of Environmental Policy (W) 3
    EC 460 American Industry: Structure and Behavior (W) 3
    EC 480 Analysis of Labor Markets (W) 3
    EC 485 Economics of Education (W) 3
    EC 495 Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution (W) 3
    EC 498 Economics of Health Care (W) 3
    EC 499 Senior Seminar for Economics Majors (W) 3
    Courses used to fulfill requirement 3. b. above may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 401 Advanced Microeconomics 3
    EC 402 Advanced Macroeconomics 3
    e. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 421 Advanced Econometric Methods 3
    EC 499 Senior Seminar for Economics Majors (W) 3
    EC 499 may not be used to fulfill this requirement if used to fulfill requirement 3. c. above.
    f. Three to six additional elective credits in economics courses to total at least 30 credits in Economics courses in the major. No more than 3 credits may be at the 300-level or below.
    In addition to the requirements for the major, students may elect to complete a  cognate in business. The requirements for the cognate are met by completing four of the following courses (12 credits):
    ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
    FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
    GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
    MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
    MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
    Students may substitute Accounting 201 and 202 for Accounting 230.