Economics

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Why are prices going up? Why are some products harder to get? These everyday questions, and others like them, are what economists try to answer. Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions concerning the use and distribution of resources, such as time, money, and skills. It is the central science underlying business and public policies.

A B.S. in Economics emphasizes a broad understanding of how consumers' and producers' behavior is influenced by certain events—such as changes in interest rates, changes in prices, and new government regulations. The Department of Economics offers two program tracks. The primary track allows students to choose their own outside minor to complement their study of economics and advance their career goals. Political science, finance, business administration, and foreign languages are some of the common choices for an outside minor. The quantitative track is a specialized program designed to prepare students for graduate education in economics.

An education in economics prepares students for employment in a wide variety of jobs—including banking, real estate, insurance, financial management, sales, and public administration—and serves as an excellent foundation from which to pursue law school or other advanced degree work.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in economics from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Economics

A minor in economics requires 15 semester hours in economics (all at 3000-level or above).

For more information about Economics

Economics Program Website

Careers in Economics

With the Bachelor of Music degree, students are prepared for these possible careers:

  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Planning
  • Consulting
  • Policy Advising
  • Economic Development
  • International Economics
  • Industrial Organizational Economics
  • Demographic or Labor Economics
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Econometrics
  • Business
  • Commercial Banking
  • Retail/Consumer Banking
  • Credit Analysis
  • Lending
  • Trust Services
  • Bank Management
  • Securities
  • Market Research Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Sales
  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Management
  • Loss Control
  • Actuarial Science

Economics Primary Track Curriculum from AU Bulletin

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core History13
Core Fine Arts3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
MATH 1610 Calculus I or 1680 Calculus with Business Applications I4MATH 1690 Calculus With Business Apps II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23
 14 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities (excluding COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete the sequence13
Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13Core Science II4
Core Science I4Select one of the following:3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
STAT 2610 Statistics for Business and Economics
 
LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
 
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences
 
 
BUAL 2600 Business Analytics I
 
 ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics3
 Elective33
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECON 3020 Intermediate Microeconomics3ECON 3030 Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 4300 International Economics3ECON 3600 Mathematical Methods for Economists3
Electives38Electives39
 14 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECON 4600 Econometrics I43Economics Electives59
Economics Electives56Electives36
Electives36UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or one Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must complete an outside minor.

4

ECON 4600 fulfills SLO 7.

5

Students should meet with their advisers to select appropriate Economics electives at the 3000-level or above.


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Economics Quantitative Track Curriculum from AU Bulletin

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core History13
Core Fine Arts3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
MATH 1610/1617 Calculus I4MATH 1620 Calculus II4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23
 14 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities (excluding COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13Core Science II4
Core Science I4Select one of the following:3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
STAT 2610 Statistics for Business and Economics
 
LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
 
 
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences
 
 
BUAL 2600 Business Analytics I
 
 ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics3
 Elective33
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECON 3020 Intermediate Microeconomics3ECON 3030 Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 4300 International Economics3ECON 3600 Mathematical Methods for Economists3
MATH 2630 Calculus III4MATH 2660 Topics in Linear Algebra3
MATH 3100/STAT 3600 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3MATH 5200/STAT 3610 Analysis I3
 Elective33
 13 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECON 5020 Advanced Microeconomics3ECON 5030 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy3
ECON 4600 Econometrics I43Economics Electives36
Economics Elective33Electives36
Electives36UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must check with their advisers to determine appropriate economics electives and other electives.

4

ECON 4600 fulfills SLO 7.


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Last Updated: August 03, 2016