Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Economics, B.S.


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Degree and Major Requirements


Economics majors choose from a B.A., B.S. or B.B.A. degree. The B.A. and B.S. degrees are traditional liberal arts degrees that lead to a variety of career and graduate school options; the B.B.A. is designed to prepare students for careers in business.

Degree Requirements


The minimum requirement for a B.S. degree in economics is 36 credit hours of economics including 21 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives. It is also necessary for the student to complete the quantitative and scientific literacy requirements for a B.S. degree as well as complete the General Education  program.

Required courses


  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • Major requirements (listed below) and electives 72-73 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education  requirements.

Major Requirements


Required Economics, B.S. Courses


Total: 36 Credit Hours

Additional Required Courses


Footnotes


1Students need a grade of “C” or better in ECON 200 ECON 201 , and ECON 284  as a prerequisite for advanced economics courses. 

2Students may substitute COB 291  for ECON 284 

3Students need to complete ECON 331 ECON 332 , and ECON 385  with a grade of “C” or better to graduate with an Economics degree.

4Students must complete ECON 385  with a grade of “B-” or better in order to choose ECON 485  as an elective option.

Economics Concentrations


The B.B.A. degree in economics includes 18 credit hours of core courses. The B.A. and B.S degrees in economics include 21 credit hours of core courses. 

Concentration in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics are required to meet degree requirements and complete the following Economics courses (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements) as well as the classes specified in either Option A or Option B.

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Concentration Courses: 7 Credit Hours


Electives: 9 Credit Hours


  • One 200- or 300-level economics elective 3.00 Credit Hours
  • Two 400-level economics elective 6.00 Credit Hours

Total: 34-37 Credit Hours


Option A or Option B


In addition, students must choose Option A or Option B.

Option A: 12 Credit Hours

For students with specific interests in forests, fisheries and wildlife.

Total: 46-49 Credit Hours

Option B: 9-11 Credit Hours

For students interested in pollution prevention and control.

Concentration in Financial Economics Required Courses


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in Financial Economics are required to meet Economics degree requirements and complete the following courses (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements).

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Financial Economics Concentration Courses: 18 Credit Hours


Elective: 3 Credit Hours


  • Economics elective (400 level, not including ECON 490 ECON 499A ) 3.00 Credit Hours

Total: 36-39 Credit Hours


Concentration in International Economics


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in International Economics are required to meet degree requirements and complete the courses listed below (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements).  In addition, students completing this course of study must have a genuine international experience (such as an internship or semester abroad) and must complete a foreign language through the civilization course, including all of the prerequisites for that course.

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Two 400-level economics electives: 6 Credit Hours

Total: 36-39 Credit Hours


Additional Information


In addition, students completing this course of study must have a genuine international experience (such as an internship or semester abroad) and must complete a foreign language through the civilization course, including all of the prerequisites for that course.

Concentration in Political Economy


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in political economy are required to meet degree requirements and complete four of the following courses (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements).

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Political Economics Concentration Courses


Choose four of the following: 12 Credit Hours

Two 400-level economics electives: 0-6 Credit Hours

ECON 405  and/or ECON 426  also fulfill this 400-level elective requirement if taken to satisfy the 12 credit hour concentration requirement.

Total: 30-39 Credit Hours


Concentration in Quantitative Economics


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in Quantitative Economics are required to meet degree requirements and complete two of the following courses (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements).

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Quantitative Economics Concentration Course: 3 Credit Hours


Choose two of the following three options: 6 Credit Hours


One 300- or 400-level economics elective: 3 Credit Hours


Total: 30-33 Credit Hours


Concentration in Socioeconomics


Students who elect a major in Economics with a concentration in Socioeconomics are required to meet Economics degree requirements and complete the following courses (which can also be used to satisfy degree requirements).

Economics Required Core Courses: 18-21 Credit Hours


Economics Electives


Two 400-level economics electives: 6 Credit Hours

Total: 48-51 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for B.S. in Economics Majors


First Two Years


During the first two years, students should complete:

Additional Information


Students are encouraged to take ECON 331  and/or ECON 332  in their sophomore year (provided that the course prerequisites have been met). 

Third and Fourth Years


B.S. economics majors should complete ECON 331  , ECON 332 , and preferably ECON 385  by the end of their junior year. While most majors will complete the 400-level requirements in economics during their senior year, students may take a 400-level course during their junior year if the prerequisite for the course has been met. ECON 488  should be taken during the senior year.

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