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Admission to Upper Division Requirements

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The purpose of the Economics Admissions Index (EAI) courses is to give all Economics students a common academic background and to provide the opportunity to acclimate to the academic environment at Purdue. Students may not enroll in 300-level or above Economics or Management courses before being admitted to Upper Division Economics. To be admitted to Upper Division Economics, students must:

  • complete all EAI courses with an EAI GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • have a C- or higher in all EAI and ECON courses
  • not be on academic probation
Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses
University Core Requirement
Microeconomics: ECON 25100 Behavioral/Social Science
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 Behavioral/Social Science
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 or COM 21700 Oral Communication
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 Written Communication
Calculus I:  MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16500 Quantitative Reasoning
Calculus II MA 16020 or MA 16200 or MA 16600 Quantitative Reasoning



  • A maximum of three EAI courses may be retaken one time each for a grade
  • EAI courses with grades of "F" may only be retaken at Purdue University
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16100 and MA 16500 do not count in the EAI GPA if replaced with MA 16010
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16200 and MA 16600 do not count in the EAI GPA if replaced with MA 16020
  • Students who have not completed MA 16100, but have a C- or better in both MA 16010 and MA 16020, may enroll in MA 16200. Note that MA 16200 (or MA 16600) is the prerequisite for all advanced mathematics and statistics courses.

Transfer Credit

If a beginning or transfer student has completed some or all EAI courses, then an alternate EAI will be defined as follows:

  1. Only courses with grades earned on a Purdue campus will be used to calculate the alternate EAI.
  2. The EAI must consist of at least 4 courses for at least 12 credits.
  3. If needed, ENGL 42000, STAT 35000/STAT 51100, and CS 23500 can be added to the EAI to bring the total number of EAI courses to 4.
  4. A student must attain at least a 2.75 EAI GPA to be admitted to Upper Division Economics.