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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics is offered through the Krannert School of Management. Economics is a rigorous and rewarding major which familiarizes students with the economic aspects of modern society and teaches them how to analyze economic problems and evaluate public policies. Economics BS majors learn to use economic theory and analyze economic data which prepares students for employment as analysts, appraisers, managers, consultants, economic statisticians, brokers, bankers, and traders in a variety of industries in the private sector as well as in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Our graduates tend to be very successful and in high demand. Many of our graduates ultimately seek a postgraduate degree, with about one-fourth going directly to graduate school in economics, business, finance, law, or other fields. We recommend that students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics or other quantitative fields should pursue the Economics BS Honors degree.

Econ BS 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]
  • 2014 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]
  • 2013 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]
  • 2012 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]
  • 2010 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]
  • 2009 Econ BS Plan of Study [view as PDF]

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Questions? Please Contact:

Mike Nunnally
Economics Academic Advisor
ECON BS Degree
School of Management
Office: KRAN 381 
Phone: 765-494-4343

The 2016 Econ BS Plan of Study course requirements are listed below. Current economics students may change to this new plan of study, or may remain on their old plan of study (see links above).

Course Requirements

Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses Credits Semester
Microeconomics: ECON 25100 3 1
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 3 2
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 or COM 21700 3 2
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 3 - 4 1
Calculus I: MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16500 3 - 5 1
Calculus II MA 16020 or MA 16200 or MA 16600 3 - 5 2
Foundations Courses Credits Semester
Management Career Lectures: MGMT 29500 1 2
Business Writing: ENGL 42000 3 3
Organizational Computing: CS 23500 (or 18000, 18200, 24000, 25000, 25100, 25200) 3 3
Statistical Methods: STAT 35000 or STAT 51100 or [STAT 22500 and MGMT 30500] 3-6 3
International Elective (list of courses) 3 4
International Elective (ECON 37000 counts here and as upper-division course) 3 5
University Core Curriculum Credits Semester
University Core Science (list of courses) 3 1
University Core Science (list of courses) 3 3
University Core Human Cultures: Humanities (list of courses) 3 5
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
Economics Upper Division Required Courses Credits Semester
any 5 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 15 5-8
Required Minor or School of Management Concentration Credits Semester
Complete a minor (or major) in: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics 9-15 5-8
or complete a school of management concentration in: Accounting, Analytical Consulting, Finance, Global Leadership and Human Capital, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Business, or an Entrepreneurship Certificate


Additional Information

  • Students must also complete enough elective courses to equal at least 120 credits.
  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to upper division.
  • MGMT 29500 is not required for Change of Degree Objective (CODO) students who have completed a similar career development course.
  • 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.
  • MA 16010 & MA 16020 are not sufficient preparation for minors in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics. Students should take MA 16100/16500 and MA 16200/16600 instead.
  • Students who have not completed MA 16100 but have a C- or better in both MA 16010 & MA 16020 may take MA 16200.
  • Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in economics or related fields should consider the Economics Honors degree as it provides a better preparation.