BA in Economics

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The Department of Economics offers BA and BS degrees. The BA in Economics is designed for students who plan to pursue careers directly after graduation, or possibly pursue graduate study in a related field.

Undergraduate students may also pursue a joint major or a combined BA/MA or BA/MS EQE option. 

Degree Requirements

The BA in Economics tracks require students to earn a total of 120 university credits that consist of 4 credits of Calculus 1, 35 credits of Economics, a minimum 2.5 GPA in their economics classes, and an overall 2.0 GPA. The details of the requirements are explained in the following table. Students are encouraged to meet with the Economics undergraduate advisor and review their Academic Advising Report frequently to monitor their progress.

Economics majors are encouraged to pursue courses in related fields, such as English, political science, advanced mathematics and/or other social sciences. The Department of Economics recommends that students take every available opportunity to explore the paths that interest them. 

All upper-level elective credits must be completed at the University at Buffalo.

BA in Economics

  Courses Credits
Math Requirement

MTH 121, or MTH 131, or MTH 141

4
Required Courses

ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analysis

ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory 1

ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory

ECO 480 Econometrics 1

3

3

3

3

Economics Upper-Level Electives

Any additional five Economics courses at the 400-level must be completed at the University at Buffalo.
These cannot include ECO 495 and ECO 496. A maximum of 3 credits may be from ECO 499 Independent Study or ECO 498 Undergraduate Research. 
15
Other Economics Electives Economics courses at any level 8
Total Economics Credits   35

Other Mathematics Electives: It is recommended that students considering graduate studies in economics take additional mathematics courses, particularly MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra and MTH 431 Introduction to Real Variables I.

Planning Your Courses

Once students have declared an economics major, the department recommends the following courses for consideration:

For further information about undergraduate economics courses, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog