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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.

Economics BS Plan of Study

Refer to myPurduePlan at www.mypurdue.purdue.edu for degree requirements. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for displaying plans of study. 

 

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Undergraduate Academic Advising
ECON BS Degree
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Phone: 765-494-4343

The 2021 Econ BS Plan of Study (120 credits required) course requirements are listed below.  This is a resource only and all students are encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor for assistance in completing a plan of study to ensure all requirements are met for graduation. 

Degree Requirements (120 credits) 

Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses 
Applied Calculus I MA 16010* (3-5 credits)
Microeconomics ECON 25100 (3 credits)
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 (3 credits)
Written Communication (3-4 credits)
Oral Communication (3 credits)
Electives (44-48 credits) 
Courses of your choice
Major Selectives (choose one of the 4 specialty areas)
1. Economic Policy (27 credits)
  • Business Writing: ENGL 42000* (3 credits)
Analytics Requirement (choose 1 - 3 credits)
  • Computational Economics ECON 37200 
  • Adv Data Analysis & Machine Learning* ECON 46000 
Economics Selectives (9 credits)
  • Economics of Public Policy ECON 32200
  • Antitrust Economics ECON 36100*
  • Law & Economics ECON 36700*
  • International Trade ECON 37000*
  • Labor Economics ECON 38500*
  • Racial & Gender Discrimination ECON 48500*
Economics Selectives (12 credits) 
Any ECON 30000 or 40000 (except ECON 30100 not used to fulfill another requirement
2. Business Economics 27 credits)
  • Business Writing ENGL 42000*
Business Principle Selectives (9 credits) 
  • Introductory Accounting MGMT 20000
  • Management Science MGMT 30600
  • Intermediate Accounting MGMT 35000*
  • Strategic Management MGMT 35200*^
  • Operations Management MGMT 36100*^
  • Management Information Systems MGMT 38200*^
Economics Selectives (9 credits, at least one 400 level)
  • Antitrust Economics ECON 36100*
  • International Trade ECON 37000*
  • Money & Banking ECON 48000*
  • Industrial Organization ECON 46100*
  • International Economics ECON 46600*
Economics Selectives (6 credits)
Any ECON 30000 or 40000 (except ECON 30100) not used to fulfill another requirement
3. Quantitative Economics & Data Analytics (26-27 credits) 
Mathematics Core (8-9 credits)
  • Plane Analytical Geometry & Calculus II MA 16200* OR Analytic Geometry & Calculus II MS 16600*
  • Multivariate Calculus MS 26100*
Analytics Requirement (3 credits) 
  • Computational Economics  ECON 37200*
  • Adv Data Analysis & Machine Learning ECON 46000
Analytics Selectives (6 credits - at least one 400 level)
  • Programming for Business Applications MGMT 28800
  • Financial Data Analysis & Modeling MGMT 41300*
  • Marketing Analytics MGMT 42110*
  • Adv Spreadsheet Modeling & Simulation MGMT 47200*
  • Data Mining MGMT 47300
  • Predictive Analysis MGMT 47400
  • Data Visualization MGMT 47400*
  • ECON 37200 or ECON 46000 (if not used for analytics requirement) 
Economics Selectives (9 credits) 
Any ECON 30000 or 40000 (except ECON 30100) not used to fulfill another requirement
4. Mathematical Economics (27-28 credits)
Mathematics Core (8-9 credits)
  • Plane Analytic Geometry & Calculus II MA 16200  OR Analytic Geometry & Calculus II MA 16600
  • Multivariate Calculus MS 26100*
Mathematics Selectives (9 credits, at least one 300 level) 
  • Linear Algebra & differential Equations MA 26200*
  • Linear Algebra MA 26500*
  • Ordinary Differential Equations MA 26600*
  • Foundations of Analysis MS 34100*
  • Elementary Linear Algebra MS 35100*
  • Topics in Vector Calculus MS 36200*
  • Ordinary Differential Equations MS 36600*
Economics Selectives (9 credits) 
Any ECON 30000 or 40000 (except ECON 30100) not used to fulfill another requirement
Required Upper Division Courses (9 credits)
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory ECON 34000 (3 credits) 
Intermediate Macroeconomics: ECON 35200 (3 credits)
Econometrics: ECON 36000 (3 credits) 
Other Course Requirements (22 credits) 
Professional Career Management MGMT 29500 (1 credit)
Data Visualization and Inference ECON 26000 (3 credits)
Cultural Competency Selective I
Cultural Competency Selective II
(2) University Core Curriculum Science Electives (6 credits)
University Core Curriculum Human Cultures (Humanities) Elective (3 credits) 
University Core Curriculum Science, Tech & Society Elective (3 credits)