Bachelor of Science in Economics

The B.S. emphasizes the study of mathematics and quantitative techniques along with economics. The course of study requires a more intensive background in math and statistics, reflecting the quantitative character of modern economics. The economics B.S. is recommended for students interested in professions that call for quantitative skills, such as analyst positions in government and industry. It is especially recommended for Honors students and students considering graduate school in economics or other quantitative areas, including finance. This degree also prepares students for post-graduate study, either a master’s degree or a Ph.D in economics or related fields such as statistics, mathematics and finance as well as preparation for employment in technical and scientific areas.

Foundation Courses:

1. Principles courses:

ECON 1201 and 1202 are required for all 2000-level courses in economics
ECON 1200 (4 credits) is a substitute for ECON 1201 and 1202.
Either one of these principles courses will go towards Content Area 2 of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ (CLAS) General Education Requirements.

2. Statistics:

STAT 1000Q or 1100Q is required.
STAT 1100Q is preferred.

3. Calculus: BS majors must take one of the following calculus course sequences:

MATH 1131Q and 1132Q Calculus I and II
MATH 2141Q and 2142Q Advanced Calculus I, II – must be invited to enroll in these courses by the MATH Dept.

4. Upper level Math: BS majors must take one of the following (counts as a related course):

MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2210Q Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 2410Q Elementary Differential Equations

Students may substitute more advanced MATH and STAT courses with consent of the advisor.

Majors are required to have finished the Calculus requirement in order to enroll in ECON 2211Q and 2212Q.


Economics Core Courses:

BS Economics majors must earn a minimum of 29 credits in ECON courses at the 2000-level or above, including:

GROUP 1: Required Courses

ECON 2211Q (4 credits) Quantitative Intermediate Microeconomics * see substitution with 2201 below
ECON 2212Q (4 credits) Quantitative Intermediate Macroeconomics * see substitution with 2202 below
ECON 2311 (3 credits)  Econometrics I
ECON 2312 (3 credits) Econometrics II
= 14 credits

GROUP 2: At least six credits (2 courses) chosen from the following modeling and methods courses:

ECON 2301 (3 cr) Mathematical Econ
ECON 2326 (3 cr) Operations Research
ECON 2327 (3 cr) Information Technology for ECON
ECON 3208 (3 cr) Game Theory
ECON 3313 (3 cr) Elementary Economic Forecasting
ECON 3315 (3 cr) Financial Econometrics
ECON 4206 (3 cr) Mechanism Design
ECON 4323 (3 cr) Convex Optimization with Python
= 6 credits


At least nine additional credits in ECON courses at the 2000 level or above.
= 9 credits

W in the Major Requirement:

An ECON W course 2000 level or above is required.

The Department offers two options for completing the Writing Requirement:

  • ECON 2500W – 1 credit Writing in Economics course
  • Or several 3 credit W courses at the 2000/3000 level

ECON 2211Q and 2212Q should be taken as early as possible, as they are prerequisites for most of the other 3000-level courses. They can be taken in either order or simultaneously. A lighter course load is recommended for students who take them simultaneously.

2201/2202 Substitution:

* If a student has already taken 2201 and/or 2202 and would like to complete the BS major in ECON, they may substitute ECON 2201 and/or 2202 in place of 2211Q and/or 2212Q by taking ECON 2301 in addition. Then, 2301 cannot count in Group 2. The student must take 2 courses from Group 2, not including ECON 2301

No more than 6 credits in ECON 2499 and/or 3499, Independent Study, may be counted toward the required 24 credits in economics courses at the 2000-level or above.

ECON 2481, Internship Field Study, does not count toward fulfilling the major requirements, but will satisfy elective credit.

Students may substitute equivalent graduate-level courses with consent of the advisor.

Please refer to UConn’s Undergraduate Catalog for the Departments’ course descriptions. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester.

Students entering the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Fall 2007 or later must meet the above requirements. Students who entered CLAS earlier may opt to fulfill these requirements or the ones that apply to the catalog of the year they last entered the college. Note: The catalog year is the year you entered CLAS (or later), not the year you entered the University.

You must earn a minimum of a 2.0 average in your 29 minimum major credits to graduate with an economics degree.

C. Related Courses:

Related courses are classes outside the department, pertinent to the economics courses taken as part of the degree plan, and coherent as a group. However, these 12 credits need not be all in the same department. The Department of Economics has a list of pre-approved related subjects. Students can take any course, 2000+ level or higher, in any of the below subjects and it will automatically be considered a related.

Additionally, the Department will approve any other double major or minor 2000+ level course as relateds, even if it is not on the below pre-approved list. Keep in mind, these courses must be housed within a double major or minor program to be approved as relateds.

Courses numbered 2000 or above, from the following departments will be automatically considered related.
**Please note: any course cross-listed as an ECON course does not count as a related course.**

Accounting – ACCT
AFRA 3042/ HDFS 3042/ WGSS3042
Agriculture and Natural Resources – AGNR
Agricultural and Resource Economics – ARE
Anthropology – ANTH
Business Administration – BADM
Business Law – BLAW
Biomedical Engineering – BME
Civil and Environmental Engineering – CE
Chemical Engineering – CHEG
Cognitive Science – COGS
Communication – COMM
Computer Science and Engineering – CSE
Electrical and Computer Engineering – ECE
Engineering – ENGR
Finance – FNCE
Geography – GEOG
History – HIST
Healthcare Management and Insurance – HSMI
Journalism – JOUR
Mathematics – MATH
Mechanical Engineering – ME
Management – MGMT
Marketing – MKTG
Materials Science and Engineering – MSE
Natural Resources and the Environment – NRE
Operations and Information Management – OPIM
Philosophy – PHIL
Political Science – POLS
Public Policy – PP
Psychology – PSYC
Sociology – SOCI
Statistics – STAT
Urban and Community Studies – URBN (EXCEPT FOR 3439)

D. “Which Courses Should I Take?”:

For suggested course groupings for an economics major that would be especially apt for particular careers, please review our Customize Your Major page. Please follow the masters and Ph.D. preparation track if you want to continue your studies in economics. Together with your advisor, you can design your economics major to fit your interests and future career and educational plans. In section E, you will find suggested Freshman and Sophomore courses leading into an economics major. Please refer to UConn’s Undergraduate Catalog for the Departments’ course descriptions.

E. Sample Freshman-Sophomore Courses:

There are many paths to graduation with a B.A. in Economics. Below is a sample course sequence for freshman and sophomore years. The sequence below assumes the economics degree is started in the student’s first semester, however this is not necessary and the degree can be completed later in a student’s career. For further questions, please contact an Economics Academic Advisor.

Sample Freshman-Sophomore Program

First Semester
ECON 1201 or 1202
STAT 1000Q/1100Q or Calc
ENGL 1010 or 1011
1 General Education Requirement
UNIV 1800- First Year Experience

Second Semester
ECON 1201 or 1202
STAT 1000Q/1100Q or Calc
3 General Education Requirements
Third Semester
ECON 2201 or 2202 or 2211Q or 2212Q
Science Lab General Education Requirement
3 General Education Requirements
Fourth Semester
ECON 2201 or 2202 or 2211Q or 2212Q
Science non-lab General Education Requirement
3 General Education Requirements