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Economics (BA & BS)The Economics Program provides students with the skills and insights of scientific analysis and social perspective to understand the complex economic forces at work in society and the causes of contemporary economic issues.
311 Patterson Hall
Cheney, WA 99004-2429
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Economics is the study of choice and how choices made by individuals and society affect our standard of living. Its subject matter is society, how people choose to lead their lives and how they interact. Economics brings methods of science to the fundamental questions and problems faced by society. By doing so, economics helps us understand and explain a variety of topics such as employment, inflation, business cycles, economic growth, markets, production, distribution, wages, profits, interest rates, money, taxes, competition, monopoly, international trade, economic history, public policy and many others. Courses range from the very practical and applied to the more abstract and theoretical.
For some students who enjoy the quantitative emphasis and more rigorous mathematical courses we offer amongst our upper division electives our BS in Economics would be best. Students who want to go on to become data analysts can be best served by a BS degree. Many employers who hire for entry level economics positions indicate that the BS signals a stronger quantitative / analytical background. Additionally, the BS in Economics with its emphasis on economic theory and statistics will better prepare undergraduate students for graduate work in economics.
What will I study?
Economics Required Core (44-45 credits)
ECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics (5)
ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (5)
ECON 404 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (5)*
ECON 405 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (5)*
ECON 430 Mathematical Economics
or ECON 438 Econometrics II (5)
ECON 437 Econometrics (5)
ECON 490 Capstone (5)
MATH 200 Finite Mathematics (5)
or MATH 161 Calculus I (5)
One Introductory statistics courses from the following list:
DSCI 245 Data Analysis for Business (4)
MATH 380 Elementary Probability and Statistics (5)
MATH 385 Probability and An Introduction to Statistics (4)
A statistics course approved by the department chair (4 or 5)
Electives (25 credits)
Students may choose any electives from upper-division economics courses (not selected above). In addition to upper division economics courses, the following course may be taken for elective credit:
FINC 335 Financial Management (4)
Notes: *In order to graduate with a BS in Economics, students must complete ECON 404 and ECON 405 with a minimum grade point of 2.0 and the cumulative GPA for all courses completed towards the major must be 2.0 or better.
What could I do with my degree?
- A major in economics prepares students for careers in a wide variety of private and public sector occupations as well as for graduate study in economics, law, public policy and business. Past graduates have worked as stockbrokers, bankers, union officials, market analysts, managers, researchers and salespersons. Export/import firms, public utilities, consulting firms, railroads, airlines, banks and a variety of local, state and federal government agencies, have employed them. Others have successfully completed graduate studies in economics at schools such as Yale, Purdue, UCLA, Rice, Oregon, Washington State University and the University of Washington or received law and MBA degrees at numerous other universities.