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Bachelor of Science in Economics

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Economics Majors

The economics department offers 2 majors.

  • The Bachelor of Science degree in economics is designed for the student interested in going to graduate school in economics or a closely related field. It requires the minimum amount of preparation in economics and mathematics required to be successful in graduate study. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics are strongly urged to double major in economics and mathematics.
  • The B.A. or B.G.S. major in economics is designed for the majority of students who will go on to professional graduate schools or into the work force.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

For the Bachelor of Science degree, students should have completed ECON 142 (or ECON 143) Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 144 (or ECON 145) Principles of Macroeconomics, and at least 1 course in the calculus sequence (MATH 115 or MATH 121) by the end of the sophomore year.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree requires a total of 120 credit hours, 36 hours in economics and 18 to 19 hours in mathematics. These requirements can be comfortably completed in 6 semesters, never taking more than 3 of the required courses a semester.

General Education Requirements 61-62 hours
  • English (9 hours): same as Bachelor of Arts degree requirements; see College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page
  • Western civilization (6 hours)
  • Principal course requirements (27 hours): same as Bachelor of Arts degree requirements; see College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page

Non-Economics Electives. At least 3 courses at the 300 level or above.

Junior/Senior Credit Hours. 45 hours at the 300 level or above.

Economics Requirements

Core Requirements 15 hours
Mathematics Requirements 18-19 hours
Electives 18 hours
  • Chose 6 500-level or higher economics electives (18)

Minimum Major Requirements

36 hours

Note: ECON 700 and ECON 715 are offered only in the fall semester.

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