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Accelerated Schedule for BS or BA Economics Degree

Highly motivated and quantitatively strong students should consider the option of completing the BS degree in Economics (from the Management School) or the BA degree in Economics (from the College of Liberal Arts) in three years.  Students who successfully handle this accelerated degree class schedule have the option of remaining at Purdue during their fourth year to complete a Master Degree in Economics, Finance, or related disciplines (subject to admission into these programs), to complete a double major (e.g., Economics and Political Science or Economics and Management), or to complete a triple major (e.g., Economics and Management and Accounting).  This accelerated program schedule also illustrates how students who switch to a major in Economics after a year at Purdue will be able to graduate with their degree in four years.

This accelerated degree class schedule option relies on completing 12 credit hours of required courses in Mathematics and Economics by passing exams for credits and on completing 12 credit hours of required courses (upper level Economics courses) during the summers following the first and second academic years. The remaining 96 credit hours are then completed during the 6 regular academic semesters on campus.

Exams: 12 credit hours (6 in Economics and 6 in Mathematics):

  • Students who pass a "waiver" exam for ECON 251 (Principles of Microeconomics) can directly enroll in ECON 340 (Intermediate Microeconomics).  If the student subsequently receives a grade in Econ 340 of B- or higher, the combination of the waiver exam pass and the B- or higher grade in Econ 340 will provide the student with credit-by-exam for ECON 251.  Our "Economics waiver exam" website provides information helpful to passing the exam, including the textbook used and other resources (under development).

  • Students who pass a "waiver" exam for ECON 252 (Principles of Macroeconomics) can directly enroll in ECON 352 (Intermediate Macroeconomics).  If the student subsequently receives a grade in Econ 352 of B- or higher, the combination of the waiver exam pass and the B- or higher grade in Econ 352 will provide the student with credit-by-exam for ECON 252.  Our "Economics waiver exam" website provides information helpful to passing the exam, including the textbook used and other resources (under development).

  • For the BS degree in Economics, pass the credit-by-exam tests for MATH 223 and MATH 224. For the BA degree in Economics, pass the credit-by-exam tests for MATH 153 and MATH 220. The Mathematics Department's website (link below) provides information on these exams, including a study guide that provides textbook assignments and practice problems.

                  http://www.math.purdue.edu/academic/undergrad/credit/undergrad

Summers: 12 credit hours (In Economics)

During the summer after the first academic year, complete 6 credit hours of upper level economics courses. In particular, the required two upper level courses, Econ 340 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and Econ 352 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) will be offered each summer:

  • Online: Econ 340 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credit hours) under development
  • Online: Econ 352 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credit hours) under development
  • In Class: Econ 340 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • In Class: Econ 352 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)

During the summer after the second academic year, complete 6 credit hours of upper level economics courses.  A sample of upper-level Economics courses that will be available each summer includes:

  • Online: Econ 360 Econometrics (3 credit hours) under development
  • Online: Econ 370 International Economics (3 credit hours) under development
  • In Class: Econ 451 Game Theory (3 credit hours)
  • In Class: Econ 461 Industrial Economics (3 credit hours)

Of the 120 credit hours required to complete the BS or BA degree in Economics, the above credit by exam and summer course options brings the remaining number of credits required to complete the degree to 96 credit hours. To completer the requirements for the degree in three years thus requires the student to average 16 credits for each of the 6 semesters during the three year period. For example, a student pursuing an accelerated degree program could have 4 semesters at 15 credit hours each and 2 semesters at 18 credit hours each.