Economics B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Economics

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 47-51

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog. See index.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.


Lower-Division Core6
Upper-Division Core13
Upper-Division Electives17
Non-Economics Required Courses11-15
Teaching Economics Track
Total Hours47-51

Lower-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
ECNS 202SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core

Note: ECNS 398 credits do not count toward the total credits requirement for the major. The upper-division writing requirement must be met by successfully completing ECNS 481.

Complete all of the following courses:
ECNS 301Intermediate Micro with Calc3
ECNS 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECNS 403Introduction to Econometrics4
ECNS 481Communicating Economics3
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Electives

Note: ECNS 398 does NOT count toward the total required credits for the major.

Complete 17 credits of the following courses:17
ECNS 310
Intro Health Economics
ECNS 312
Labor Economics
ECNS 313
Money and Banking
ECNS 320
Public Finance
ECNS 325
Economics of Sports
ECNS 391
Special Topics
ECNS 405
Game Theory
ECNS 406
Industrial Organization
ECNS 431
International Trade
ECNS 433
Economics of the Environment
ECNS 445
Int Env Econ & Clim Change
ECNS 450
Adv. Topics in Economic Dev.
ECNS 451
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
ECNS 491
Special Topics
ECNS 494
Senior Seminar
FORS 320
Forest Environmental Economics
Economic Geography of Rural Areas
NRSM 425
Nat Res & Envir Economics
PSCI 365
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Non-Economics Required Courses

Rule: All courses are required.

Note: M 162 must be taken before ECNS 301. STAT 216 must be taken before ECNS 403. Students planning graduate study in economics should take M 171 and M 172 and consider M 221, M 307 and ECNS 511, ECNS 513 and ECNS 560.

Complete all of the following courses:
M 115Probability and Linear Mathematics3
M 171
& M 172
Calculus I
and Calculus II
or M 162 Applied Calculus
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent)4
Total Hours11-15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Economics Track


  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete the teaching track in a second major or minor in another content area.

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach economics, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.