Bachelor of Science Economics Major


The economics major is designed to develop and enhance critical and analytical thinking in a focused program of study. The Bachelor of Science with a major in economics requires a total of 30 hour in economics and cognate areas. The core of the program includes a broad-based exposure to economics in either EC 101 or BC 103 and BC 104 followed by courses in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and statistics. Beyond the core, students take additional advisor-approved electives in economics and related areas to complete the 30 hour requirement.

This degree is designed to give the student a broad background in economics rather than concentration in any particular area. The program includes 30 hours of courses, which includes a course in statistics and an optional calculus course. Economics is an excellent background for a variety of careers in business, financial institutions, public utilities, and government.

All students majoring in economics must earn a GPA of 2.0 or above in their economics course work whether it was earned at ESU or another school.

See liberal arts and sciences general education requirements in the General Education Section of the undergraduate catalog.

Required Courses:
EC 101Basic Economics*3 hours
EC 103Principles of Economics I3 hours
EC 104Principles of Economics II3 hours
EC 305Intermediate Microeconomics3 hours
EC 306Intermediate Macroeconomics3 hours
Select one of the following:
MA 341Intro to Probability and Statistics3 hours
MA 380Probability and Statistics3 hours
BU 255Business Statistics3 hours
Electives: (Minimum of 15 hours)
EC 351Labor Economics3 hours
EC 353Money and Banking3 hours
EC 361Current Econ Problems1-3 hours
EC 375Comparative Economic Systems3 hours
EC 471Independent Study1-3 hours
EC 501History of Economic Thought2-3 hours
BC 550International Economics3 hours
EC 554Public Finance3 hours
EC 560Economic Development3 hours
EC 701Seminar in Economics3 hours
MA 161Calculus I or5 hours
MA 165Basic Calculus5 hours
*A student who has completed EC 101 DOES NOT have to take EC 103 and EC 104. If a student elects to take EC 101, then the student must choose an additional 3-hour elective from the list above.