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Economics (EC)
Bachelor of Science
Paul Cleveland, Guangjun Qu, Sara Robicheaux, Kathleen Greer Rossmann,
William A. Walsh
Economics uses a small set of powerful and flexible tools to understand
trades: trades between producers and consumers, trades between workers
and employers, trades between investors and firms, trades among banks,
trades between one generation and the next, trades between countries, and
the taxation and regulation of trades. Further, economics considers issues
associated with equity and property rights.
Progressing through a major in economics means acquiring a
deepening understanding of the small set of basic tools of economics:
understanding their usefulness, their limitations, and the details of their
application to important issues. An economics major is a firm foundation
for a career in public policy analysis, banking, finance, market analysis,
business management, or teaching, and for graduate study in economics,
business, public policy, and law.
The core courses in both the major and the minor are two introductory
courses (EC 201 and 202) and two intermediate courses (EC 308 and
Introductory courses in calculus and statistics are also required for
the major. It is recommended that these six courses be completed prior to
taking others in the major, and introductory calculus should be completed
prior to taking Microeconomics (EC 309).
Upon completion of the economics major, students will be able to
demonstrate understanding of the basic theoretical tools of
demonstrate understanding of the usefulness and limitations of the
theoretical tools economics uses in evaluating issues in policy or
articulate how the skills and knowledge acquired through the major
will contribute to career goals.
Major Requirements
The following courses are required (13 units):
EC 201
EC 202
EC 204 or MA 207
EC 308
EC 309
five additional units in EC at the 300 level or above (other than EC
and 470); BA 372 and BA 474 are acceptable in fulfilling this
EC 460
EC 470
MA 231