Economics

Undergraduate Course Sequence in Economics

The Department of Economics offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the College of Liberal Arts, and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in the Tippie College of Business.

The B.A. degree is a good all-purpose degree, and students who graduate with a B.A. iin economics can go on to business school, law school, graduate school, or employment in government and industry. The B.S. degree has an increased emphasis on developing analytical tools; it is designed to prepare students for graduate work in economics or related business and technical fields. The BBA emphasizes economic foundations of business fields: accounting, finance, marketing, business law, and management. It is a good degree for students who want to work in management and/or eventually get an MBA. All three feature a theory core (micro and macro), a set of supporting courses in mathematics and statistics, and upper-division electives in the various fields of economics (labor, industrial organization, international trade, money and banking, econometrics, economic history, history of thought, etc.).

An ideal plan for your economics courses would look like this:

Keep in mind ECON:3100/6E:104 and ECON:3120/6E:105 are prerequisites for courses 170 level and above.

Ideal Program Sequences & Timing for the B.A., B.S., and BBA Degrees


First Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ECON:1100/6E:001 (all) ECON:1200/6E:002 (all)
Second Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MATH:1380/22M:017 (BBA and B.A.)
MATH:1850/22M:025 (B.S.)

ECON:3100/6E:104 or ECON:3140/6E:106 (BBA)
ECON:3100/6E:104 (B.A. and B.S.)

STAT:1030/22S:008 (BBA)
STAT:1030/22S:008 or STAT:1020/22S:025 (B.A.)
MATH:1860/22M:026 (B.S.)

Third Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester

ECON:3120/6E:105 (all)
ECON:2800/6E:71 (B.A. and BBA)
STAT:3120/22S:120 (B.S.)

1 or 2 courses in your track

ECON:4800/6E:184 (B.S.)

1 or 2 courses in your track
Fourth Year
Intro field course (all)

2 courses in your track
ECON:3999/6E:194 (honors)


Of course, many students decide to major in economics sometime in their sophomore or junior year, so they have to compress their major course work into a shorter time span. (A two-year period is the minimum we recommend; anything less makes it difficult to take things in the right order.) Even so, it is a good idea to try to maintain this sequence of courses.