Economics, B.S.

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Degree Type
Bachelor of Science

The B.S. in Economics provides its students with the skills to assess contending economic theories and debates, as they apply to issues challenging both the business and government sectors.  The program’s primary objective is to teach students how to use the economic concepts, models, and quantitative methods and techniques in analyzing contemporary economic issues and exercising judgment in evaluating public policy.

The major integrates economic theory with analysis of how economies adapt over time and across the globe and trains students in the use of the quantitative and analytical tools required to conduct research. Micro- and macroeconomics provide a foundation for most other areas of research in economics as diverse as recessions, currency exchange rates, famines, terrorism, environmental protection, discrimination, income and wealth distribution, and the allocation of household chores. Economics as a social science using statistical analysis and concerns with human behavior and public policy overlaps with other social science fields, including sociology and psychology. Students can design a course of study in such areas as domestic micro- and macroeconomic policy, and international, environmental, health, or labor economics.

Career Opportunities

Examples of sectors and jobs that draw on the skills developed in the economics major include:

  • General business: business analyst, marketing analyst, business forecaster, auditor
  • Government: researcher, analyst, speechwriter, forecaster
  • Financial services: broker, financial analyst, investment banker

  • Banking: credit analyst, loan officer, investment analyst

  • Education: college professor, researcher

  • Journalism: economic analyst, industry analyst

  • Other: business consultant, think tank analyst

Graduates will also be able to pursue additional degrees in economics, business, teaching, labor activism, law or in different areas of policy studies. These are all areas where proven proficiency in economics and quantitative analysis provides graduates an added advantage.

Curriculum

Required Courses for the Major


Courses

Credits

Math Prerequisites:

12

MA 2080 Precalc/Bus. & Econ. or MA 2090 Precalculus

 

MA 2300 Calc/Business & Econ or MA 2310 Calc & Analytical Geometry

 

SY 2570 Statistics for Social Science or MA 2000 Applied Statistics

 

Core Economics Requirements:

8

PE 2420 Principles of Microeconomics – GE Soc Sci

 

PE 2430 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

Upper Division Economics Core:

20

PE 3201 Statistics or MA3210 Intro to Probability & Statistics*

 

PE3425 Economic Analysis Micro

 

PE 3435 Economic Analysis Macro

 

PE 3410 Contemporary US Political Economy

 

PE 4470 History of Economic Thought

 

* If student has passed MA2000/ SY 2570 or equivalent with a C or better they can waive this requirement.  

Upper Division Economics Electives: from

16

A. Choose One Course

 

PE4615 Public Finance & Public Policy

 

PE4590 Global Economy in the 20th Century

 

B. Three Upper Division Electives

 

See List of Electives Below

 

MAJOR CAPSTONE COURSE

4

PE4275 Applied Econometrics

 

Total for Economics Major

48

Other General Education Courses

28

Other College LA Requirements –GE Diversity

10

General Electives – to be used to meet College requirement of at least 45 credits at 3000 level or above

22

Total for B.S. Degree

120

 

List of Upper Division Electives

Choose Three Upper Division Courses (At least two 4000 level) for a total of 12 Credits


Course Title

Credits

PE 3400 Global South

4

PE4580 Origins of the Capitalist Economy

4

PE3440 International Economics

4  

PE4100 International Organizations in the Global Economy

4

PE4290 Environmental Economics

4

PE4409 Urban Economics

4

PE4430 Health Economics

4

PE4440 Food & Wine Economics

4

PE4455 Economic Development

4

PE4460 International Finance

4

PE4590 Global Economy in the 20th Century

4

PE4600 Depression Economics

4

PE4615 Public Finance & Public Policy

4

PE4650 Topics in U.S. Politics (Advanced Political Economy)

4

IR 3415 Labor Economics

4