General Education Requirements
All undergraduate economics majors must meet the university and college general education requirements. Candidates for the B.A. degree may take any foreign language to meet this requirement. Candidates for the B.S. degree take mathematics and quantitative courses instead of the foreign language requirement. Courses in economics may be used to meet the university social sciences requirement.
All prerequisites for economics courses must be completed with a C- or better.
Candidates for the B.S. degree must complete at least 36, but no more than 50, hours in economics. At least 30 hours must be at or above the 2000 level. All core courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
|The following core courses are required:|
|ECON 1001||Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)||3|
|ECON 1002||Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)||3|
|ECON 3001||Intermediate Microeconomics||3|
|ECON 3002||Intermediate Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON 3100||Economic Statistics||3|
|ECON 4100||Introduction to Econometrics||4|
|MATH 1800||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (strongly recommended) 1||3-5|
|or MATH 1100||Basic Calculus|
|Select two of the following quantitative courses:||6-8|
|Analysis of Business Cycles|
|Time Series Econometrics for Economics and Finance|
|Business and Economic Forecasting|
|Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences|
|Fundamentals of Cost-Benefit Analysis|
Mathematics courses numbered 1900 or above with consent of advisor 1
Note: mathematics courses used for this requirement do not count towards the 36 hours in economics requirement
A student may earn departmental honors with a GPA of 3.6 in economics and the recommendation of the department.
Complementary Areas of Study
The department encourages all majors to develop breadth in related disciplines. Course work and minors are available in a number of areas such as business administration, computer science, statistics, and political science. In addition, courses offered by the department are required for the B.S. in Actuarial Science and help satisfy the prerequisites for courses required for the Certificate in Actuarial Studies and have been approved by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) to satisfy the VEE requirements in Economics. Students should check with their advisers for recommendations concerning courses in these areas. The department suggests the following supplemental course work for students interested in pursuing doctoral-level graduate work in economics or careers in general business. It also encourages all students to obtain work experience by enrolling in the Internship in Applied Economics (ECON 4990) .
Graduate School Preparation
It is recommended that students considering doctoral-level graduate work in economics also take:
|MATH 1900||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||5|
|MATH 2000||Analytic Geometry and Calculus III||5|
|MATH 2020||Introduction to Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 2450||Elementary Linear Algebra||3|
|MATH 4100||Real Analysis I||3|
|MATH 4200||Mathematical Statistics I||3|
- Use economic reasoning to interpret and evaluate social, political and economic arguments, and policies.
- Use mathematical methods to construct and analyze economic models and to analyze and interpret economic phenomena.
- Understand key market institutions such as property rights and contracts and economic organizations such as the Federal Reserve System and the International Monetary Fund and apply this knowledge to analyze economic behavior and evaluate public policy.
- Identify the causes and consequences of poverty and prosperity across and within societies.
- Predict changes in key macroeconomic variables in response to changes in social, political, and economic policy as well as non-economic events such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and changes in consumer confidence.
- Estimate, analyze, and interpret economic relationships using appropriate regression analysis techniques applied to economic data for use in business and policy applications.
- Write a research paper that employs sound economic reasoning and economic data that demonstrates the ability to model and interpret regression analysis of an economic relationship.
Sample Four Year Plan
|INTDSC 1003||1||ECON 1001||3|
|ENGL 1100||3||MATH 1800 or 1100||5|
|MATH 1030||3||EXPLORE – Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|MATH 1035||2||CORE – Information Literacy||3|
|CORE – Communication Proficiency||3||Elective or minor||3|
|EXPLORE – Social Sciences||3|
|ECON 1002||3||ECON 3001||3|
|CORE – US History & Government||3||ECON 2000+ course||3|
|EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts||3||EXPLORE - Math & Sciences||3|
|EXPLORE – Math & Sciences||3||EXPLORE - Social Sciences||3|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement||3||Elective or minor||3|
|ECON 3100||3||ECON 4100||4|
|ECON 3002||3||ECON 2000+ course||3|
|ENGL 3100||3||Elective or minor||6|
|Elective or minor||6|
|ECON 4000+ quantitative course||3||ECON 4000+ quantitative course||3|
|ECON 2000+ level course||3||ECON 2000+ level course||3|
|Elective or minor||9||Elective or minor||9|
|Total Hours: 120|
INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 26 college credits.
Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.