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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

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



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 The 2019 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  (Course Descriptions)
Microeconomics: ECON 25100
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 or COM 21700 or SCLA 10200 or EDPS 31500
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 or SCLA 10100
Calculus I: MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16500
Calculus II MA 16020 or MA 16200 or MA 16600
Foundations Courses (Course Descriptions)
Management Career Lectures: MGMT 29500
Business Writing: ENGL 42000
Organizational Computing: CS 23500 or CS 18000 or CS 18200 or CS 24000
Statistical Methods: STAT 35000 or STAT 51100 or MGMT 30500
International Elective (list of courses)
International Elective (list of courses)
University Core Curriculum
University Core Science (list of courses)
University Core Science (list of courses)
University Core Human Cultures: Humanities (list of courses)
University Core Science, Technology & Society (list of courses)
Economics Upper Division Required Courses (Course Descriptions) 
Intermediate Microeconomics: ECON 34000 or ECON 51100
Intermediate Macroeconomics: ECON 35200 or ECON 51200
Econometrics: ECON 36000 or ECON 56200
Additional Economics Upper Division Required Courses (Course Descriptions) 
any 5 upper-division ECON courses: ECON 32500, ECON 36100, ECON 36200, ECON 36500, ECON 36700, ECON 37000, ECON 37600, ECON 38000, ECON 38500, ECON 39000, ECON 42200, ECON 45100, ECON 45200, ECON 46100, ECON 46600, ECON 47100, ECON 48500, ECON 49900
Required Minor or School of Management Concentration 
Complete a minor (or major) offered by the College of Science, College of Engineering, or School of Management including : Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics
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

  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division.
  • Transfer credit for upper level MGMT, OBHR and ECON ( courses will only be considered if taken at a 4 year AACSB accredited school, (
  • Courses taken on approved Krannert study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements.  Students participating in a Purdue approved study abroad program are registered as full-time Purdue students during their semester abroad.  Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.
  • For students in the Honors College, ECON 25100-H, ECON 49900, ECON 51100, ECON 51200, and ECON 56200 all count as honors elective courses (automatically provide honors credits without the need for an honor contract)
  • MA 16020 is not sufficient preparation for minors offered by the College of Science and the College of Engineering. Consider taking MA 16200 or MA 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 Master’s or Ph.D. programs in economics, accounting, finance, political science, and other related fields should take additional mathematics and statistics courses. Consider the Economics BS Honors degree as it provides a better preparation: