College of Business & Economics

Department of Economics

Economics Major

Economics Majors

The economics major is designed for students who want to make economics the focus of their education. The major requires 33 units in economics, completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

It is a good idea to take the two lower-level principles courses, ECON 201 and 202 or their Honors College counterparts (ECON 203 and 204), as early as you can. Either, but not both, satisfies a University Core requirement. Following them soon with the intermediate theory courses, ECON 309 Intermediate Price Theory and ECON 310 Macroeconomic Theory, will make available 400-level courses for which they are prerequisites and increase your understanding of the 300-level electives that you choose.

If you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree in economics, you should be aware that the field at that level has become very mathematical. You should plan on completing ECON 401 Econometrics and ECON 451 Mathematical Economics, and math courses in calculus (MATH 273, 274, and 275) and linear algebra (MATH 463). Some top-name graduate schools require calculus and linear algebra for admission.

The major in economics includes the following courses. These requirements are for the catalog year 2012-13 and later. If your catalog year is different, please refer to your specific catalog to view the requirements. You may also refer to the college’s Advising Forms for your catalog year.

Required Courses (36-37 units)

Course Number Course Name
ECON 201 or
ECON 203
Microeconomic Principles (3) or
Honors Microeconomic Principles (3)
ECON 202 or
ECON 204
Macroeconomic Principles (3) or
Honors Macroeconomic Principles (3)
ECON 205 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3)
ECON 306 Statistics for Business and Economics II (3)
ECON 309 Intermediate Price Theory (3)
ECON 310 Macroeconomic Theory (3)
MATH 211 or MATH 273 Calculus for Applications (3) or
Calculus I (4)
One 400-level economics course (3 units) (excluding ECON 495 Independent Study and ECON 479 Internship)
Four upper-level ECON electives. (12 units) One of these electives may be ECON 497 Internship in Economics, and one may be selected from the following list: MATH 377, POSC 459, or FIN 351.

>> Suggested Course Sequence for Economics Major (PDF)

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