Economics Major (BS in CAS)

With its emphasis on mathematical skills and statistical analysis, the Bachelor of Science in Economics prepares students for quantitative applications of economic theory as practiced in actuarial work, economic research, or graduate studies in economics. Students who complete this degree are urged to couple it with a minor in mathematics.

For a 33-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, students complete the following:

EC 0011Introduction to Microeconomics3
EC 0012Introduction to Macroeconomics3
EC 0204Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
EC 0204LIntermediate Microeconomic Theory Lab1
EC 0205Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
EC 0205LIntermediate Macroeconomic Theory Lab1
EC 0278Economic Statistics3
EC 0278LEconomic Statistics Lab1
EC 0290Mathematical Economics3
EC 0380Econometrics3
Select three elective courses in Economics9
Total Credits33

A grade of C or better is necessary in the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major.

Economics majors are urged to take MA 0119 and MA 0120 (Applied Calculus I & II) or MA 0171 and MA 0172 (Calculus I & II) to fulfill their core mathematics requirement. Any questions about math requirements should be directed to the chair. Students in the BS track must earn a B- average in the Intermediate Theory sequence to proceed in the BS program.

Investigative Learning Experience

Starting with the Class of 2021, students who complete either the BA or BS degrees in Economics will complete an Investigative Learning Experience as a graduation requirement. This written assignment will ask graduating students to reflect on their learning in the economics major, and to make connections across courses and other experiences, such as internships or study abroad. Students will write up these reflections as a paper and submit it to the department chairperson before graduation.