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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics Honors

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics Honors degree is offered through the Krannert School of Management. It is intended for students who have excelled in the classroom and desire a very rigorous degree program. The Economics Honors program prepares students for graduate school or a highly quantitative career in economic consulting or data analysis. The Economics BS Honors degree requires students to take higher level calculus, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, two semesters of a foreign language, and the Senior Honors Thesis course. Only 10 students are accepted into the Senior Honors Thesis course each semester where they will investigate, in depth, an economic issue of the student's choosing while under the supervision of a member of the Economics faculty. Students are not required to participate in the university honors program, though the required senior honors thesis fulfills the university honors thesis requirement.

Economics BS Honors Plan of Study

Select the year you started the degree program:

  • 2016 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]
  • 2015 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]

Economics Honors Students

How is the Honors degree different?

Additional Honors Requirements:

  • Statistical Methods (STAT 350/511)
  • Advanced Calculus I (MA 161/165)
  • Advanced Calculus II (MA 162/166)
  • Two semesters of a foreign language
  • Multivariate calculus (MA 26100)
  • Linear Algebra (MA 351/511)
  • Senior Honors Thesis (ECON 49900)
  • Science Minor


Course Requirements (beginning Fall 2015)

Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses Credits Semester
Microeconomics: ECON 25100 3 1
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 3 2
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 3 2
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 3 - 4 1
Calculus I:  MA 16100 or MA 16500 4 - 5 1
Calculus II MA 16200 or MA 16600 4 - 5 2
Foundations Courses Credits Semester
Management Career Lectures: MGMT 29500 1 4
Business Writing: ENGL 42000 3 4
Organizational Computing: CS 23500 3 3
Foreign Language I 3 5
Foreign Language II 3 6
Multivariate Calculus: MA 26100 3 3
Linear Algebra: MA 35100 or MA 51100 3 4
Statistical Methods: STAT 35000 or STAT 51100 or [STAT 22500 and MGMT 30500] 3-6 3
University Core Curriculum Credits Semester
University Core Science (list of courses) 3 1
University Core Science (list of courses) 3 3
University Core Science, Technology & Society (list of courses) 3 7
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
Intermediate Microeconomics: ECON 34000 or ECON 51100 3 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics: ECON 35200 or ECON 51200 3 4
Econometrics: ECON 36000 or ECON 56200 3 4
Senior Honors Thesis: ECON 49900 3 7
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
any 4 upper-division ECON courses: ECON 32500ECON 36100, ECON 36200, ECON 36500, ECON 36700ECON 37000, ECON 37600ECON 38000, ECON 38500, ECON 39000ECON 42200, ECON 45100, ECON 46100, ECON 46600, ECON 47100, ECON 49900 12 5-8
Required Minor
Credits Semester
Complete a minor (or major) in: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics 9-15 5-8


Additional Information

  • Students must complete enough elective courses to equal at least 120 credits.
  • Economics Honors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a Economics GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Students must complete ECON 36000 before ECON 49900
  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to upper division.
  • Courses taken on approved Purdue study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements. We recommend all students to consider spending one semester (usually semester 5 or 6) in a study abroad program.
  • Students who have not completed MA 16100 but have a C- or better in both MA 16010 & MA 16020 may take MA 16200 and are exempt from taking MA 16100.
  • Students interested in graduate work in economics or a related field should take additional mathematics and statistics courses and consider completing a minor/major in either or both. These course are highly recommended: MA 301, MA 341, MA 440, MA 366, STAT 416/516, and STAT 420/520. See the Grad School In Economics page for more information.
  • Once you have completed ECON 25100 & 25200 you should quickly complete the three core econ course (ECON 34000/51100, ECON 35200/51200, and ECON 36000/56200). After completing these courses, consider applying for an undergraduate teaching assistantship. Working as an undergraduate TA sometimes leads to research assistant opportunities.
  • If you maintain a high GPA into your junior year, consider applying for prestigious scholarships including: Fulbright Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, Marshall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Beinecke Scholarship, British Chevening Scholarship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship.