Economics

A major in economics is built upon a strong liberal arts basis and is recommended for students who are interested in careers in government or business, or who plan to attend graduate school in economics. Taught by highly credential professors, our economics majors frequently record very high scores on the ETS placement test and often also earn a second major in actuarial science, business administration/finance or political science.

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Major requirements

ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied. (4 credits)
ECO 214 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics concerns itself with economic aggregates such as inflation, unemployment, recessions, national debt, and international trades. Macroeconomic models will be introduced. These models will be used to understand the application of monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECO213. (4 credits)
ECO 314 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
Builds on the concepts of inflation, unemployment and economic growth learned in principles level macroeconomics. Introduces models with which the student will become more proficient in understanding how the economy works. Prerequisite: ECO214 and MAT111 or 112. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
ECO 315 - Intermediate Microeconomics
This course will examine economic theory and methodology with emphasis on the principles of price determination, consumer behavior, market equilibrium, optimality of resource allocation, production and costs, comparison of market structures, and the behavior of firms in nonperfect competition. Prerequisite: ECO213 and MAT111 or 112. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
Choose three courses: 11-12
ECO 301 - Money and Banking
This course is designed to increase understanding of how banks and the banking system fit into the entire economic system. The functions of money, the federal reserve system, monetary theory, inflation and the international financial system will be taught. Prerequisites: ECO213 and 214. (4 credits)
ECO 302 - Labor Economics
This course will look at labor productivity, determination of wages, demand for labor, labor migration, unions, government in the market place, discrimination and unemployment. Prerequisites: ECO213 and 214. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
ECO 305 - Current Economic Problems
This is an upper-level discussion course designed to require students to apply economic principles and policies to issues confronting economists in business and government. Both micro and macro concepts are explored. Controversial issues to be confronted include the extent of government involvement in the economy, energy, employment, inflation, deficits and world trade. Prerequisites: ECO213 and 214. (3 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
ECO 333 - International Economics
This course is a study of the theory and practice of international trade, international economic and monetary activity, balance of trade international payment mechanisms, exchange rate systems, functions of the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Prerequisites: ECO213 and 214. (4 credits)
ECO 390 - Game Theory
This course is an introduction to and survey of the theory of games (multiperson decision theory) and its applications, primarily in economics. The Nash equilibrium concept will be carefully developed to provide a basis for analyzing various forms of strategic interaction. Areas of application will include oligopolistic markets, common resource markets, stock market microstructure and corporate takeovers. In addition to economic applications, we will use game theory to explore selected political, social and religious issues. Prerequisites: MAT111 or 112, or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)

Cognate requirements

MAT 117QR - Applied Statistics for Management
(3 credits)(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) The course is designed to study statistical methodology commonly used in business including descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts, and inferential statistics (making claims or decisions from one or more sets of data using confidence intervals and multiple types of hypothesis testing).Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT 116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208.Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam, or permission of instructor.
MAT 216 - Advanced Statistical Methods
Further topics in probability and statistics selected from: multiple regression, ANOVA, non-linear regression, covariance, collinearity, time series and auto-correlation.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT116 or 117 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Choose one option: 3-4
Option 1:
CSC 102 - Business Computing
This course serves as an introduction to common business- oriented computer technologies and issues. Computer applications, misuse and the ethical use of computers in business are explored in detail. Current software applications are studied through laboratories, demonstrations and assignments. Students will learn advanced uses of application programs including spreadsheet processing and information processing with databases.(2 credits)
CSC 110 - Advanced Spreadsheets
Option 2: 4
CSC 171QR - Computer Science I
(4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This is the first in a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces students to fundamental aspects of the field of computing; focusing on problem-solving, software design concepts and their realization as computer programs. Topics include procedural abstraction, control structures, iteration, data types and their representation. An introduction to a high-level language, for the purpose of gaining mastery of these principles, will be provided in lectures and hands-on laboratory experiences.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam.
Choose one course: 3-4
MAT 111QR - Calculus for Management, Life and Social Sciences
(3 credits)(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with an emphasis on techniques and applications in business, biology, health, and social sciences.Note: Does not count toward a math major or mino.Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 22 (SAT 520 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
MAT 112QR - Calculus I *
(4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is astudy of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strongemphasis on both theory and applications.Note: Meets four times per week.Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least24 (SAT 550 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.

Total credits required: 39-42

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*It is recommended that students who will be going to graduate school take MAT112, Calculus I.

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