BA in Economics

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The Department of Economics offers two bachelor's degree tracks. The standard BA in Economics Track is designed for students who plan to pursue careers directly after graduation, or possibly pursue graduate study in a related field. The BA in Economics: Graduate Track is designed for students who are considering continuing on with graduate study in economics.

Both tracks prepare students to understand and apply the economics of government and business, and to think anylytically about economic challenges. Undergraduate students may also pursue a joint major or a combined BA/MA option. 

Degree Requirements

Both BA in Economics tracks require students to earn a total of 120 university credits and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their economics classes, as well as an overall 2.0 GPA and the 35 required economics credits requirement set out in the following table. Students are encouraged to review their Academic Advising Report frequently to monitor their progress. Please note: Transfer students must also maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA after entering UB, and their final overall GPA, including past courses, must equal or exceed 2.0. 

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. 

Standard BA in Economics

  Courses Credits
Prerequisites

MTH 121, or MTH 131, or MTH 141

4
Required Courses

ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analysis

ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory

ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory

ECO 480 Econometrics I

3

3

3

3

Economics Upper-Level Electives

Five (5) additional Economics courses at the 400-level. These cannot include ECO 495 (Undergraduate Supervised Teaching) or ECO 496 (Internship in Economics). A maximum of three (3) credits may be from ECO 499 Independent Study or ECO 498 Undergraduate Research.

ECO 406 is required to graduate with Honors in Economics and can be used as an upper level elective course.

15
Other Economics Electives Economics courses at any level, including ECO 495 and ECO 496. 8
Permitted Substitution for ECO 380

Option A: MTH 411 or STA 301 together with MTH 412 or STA 302

Option B: GEO 211

Option C: CIE 308

 
Total Economics Credits   35
Total B.A. credit Requirement   120

BA in Economics: Graduate Track

  Courses Credits
Prerequisites

MTH 141: College Calculus 1

MTH 142: College Calculus 2

4

4

Required Courses

ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analysis

ECO 405H Microeconomic Theory

ECO 406H Topics in Microeconomics*

ECO 407H Honors Macroeconomic Theory

ECO 480H Econometrics I

*This course is required to graduate with Honors in Economics

 

3

3

3

3

3

Economics Upper-Level Electives

Five (5) additional Economics courses at the 400-level. 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   38
Total Credits   46

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.

*This course is also required to graduate with Honors in Economics

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