Economics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BS in Economics

The BS in economics is designed for students who desire a more technical program than the BA, one with a stronger emphasis on economic and quantitative analysis. It is especially appropriate for students who anticipate a career as an economic analyst in government, consulting, trade associations, or other private sector positions that emphasize economic research and analysis. The requirements are also appropriate for students planning postgraduate education in economics or more quantitative business administration programs.

Some economics courses may fulfill the Mason Core requirement in global understanding. Check with the departmental advising office for more information. Economics majors can fulfill the Mason Core synthesis requirement with ECON 309.

This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master's program.  See Economics, BA or BS/Economics, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing the BS in economics must complete the course work below, earning a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall in their ECON coursework.

BS without a Concentration

Eight required courses (26 credits)

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3(with grade of C or above)

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3(with grade of C or above)

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 345 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 3

MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 4

MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II Credits: 4

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3 or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

Two courses in statistics (6 credits)

Students choose one sequence:

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II Credits: 3

or

STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

 With departmental permission, BUS 210 - Business Analytics I and BUS 310 - Business Analytics II may also be substituted for the two required courses in statistics; however, a two-course sequence of STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II OR STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics.

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

ACCT 203 - Survey of Accounting Credits: 3

STAT 362 - Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages Credits: 3

Eight elective courses (24 credits)

Electives are chosen from courses in economics at the 300 and 400 level. ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

If ECON 340 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics is chosen as an elective, students need not take the 4-credit course MATH 114; however, MATH 114 is strongly recommended for students considering graduate school in economics since it is required for admission to most graduate programs. An additional calculus course beyond MATH 114 is also advisable for students considering graduate study in economics.

Total: 59 credits

◊ Concentration in Managerial Economics (MECN)

Students who wish to focus their BS in economics for application in the business world may choose to pursue a concentration in managerial economics. They complete 62 credits, 10 of which may be used also to fulfill Mason Core requirements.

Seven required courses in economics (21 credits)

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3(fulfills the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science)

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 308 - Managerial Economics and Strategy Credits: 3

ECON 310 - Money and Banking Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 345 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 3

Two courses in statistics (6 credits)

Students choose one sequence:

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II Credits: 3

or

STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

 With departmental permission, BUS 210 - Business Analytics I and BUS 310 - Business Analytics II may also be substituted for the two required courses in statistics; however, a two-course sequence of STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II OR STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I andSTAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics.

Four required courses in math, accounting, and information technology (14 credits)

ACCT 203 - Survey of Accounting Credits: 3

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3 or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 4 (fulfills the Mason Core requirement in quantitative reasoning)

MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II Credits: 4 (ECON 340 may NOT be substituted for MATH 114 for the concentration)

Two required courses in business writing (6 credits)

BUS 103 - Develop Professional Skills I: Foundational Elements Credits: 3

BUS 303 - Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements Credits: 3

Three elective courses in economics (9 credits) chosen from:

ECON 321 - Economics of Labor Credits: 3

ECON 370 - Economics of Industrial Organization Credits: 3

ECON 390 - International Economics Credits: 3

ECON 412 - Game Theory and Economics of Institutions Credits: 3

ECON 415 - Law and Economics Credits: 3

ECON 420 - International Money and Finance Credits: 3

ECON 421 - Financial Economics Credits: 3

ECON 496 - Special Topics in Economics Credits: 3 (requires departmental permission)

Two elective courses (6 credits) in economics chosen from courses at the 300 and 400 level.

ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

One elective course (3 credits) not in economics chosen from:

BULE 303 - Legal Environment of Business Credits: 3

FNAN 303 - Financial Management Credits: 3

MGMT 303 - Principles of Management Credits: 3

MKTG 303 - Principles of Marketing Credits: 3

MIS 303 - Introduction to Business Information Systems Credits: 3

OM 303 - Operations Management Credits: 3

Total: 65 credits

◊ Concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

This is a high credit concentration for students interested in a program that explores the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, political science, and economics.

Six required courses (18 credits) in economics

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3 (fulfills the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science)

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 345 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 3

ECON 412 - Game Theory and Economics of Institutions Credits: 3

Two courses in statistics (6 credits)

Students choose one sequence:

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II

or

STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

 With departmental permission, BUS 210 - Business Analytics I and BUS 310 - Business Analytics II may also be substituted for the two required courses in statistics; however, a two-course sequence of STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I  and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II OR STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics.

Three required courses in math and information technology (11 credits)

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3 or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 4

MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II Credits: 4

Six elective courses (18 credits)

Electives are chosen from courses in economics at the 300 and 400 level. ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. If ECON 340 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics is chosen as an elective, students need not take the 4-credit course MATH 114; however, MATH 114 is strongly recommended for students considering graduate school in economics since it is required for admission to most graduate programs. An additional calculus course beyond MATH 114 is also advisable for students considering graduate study in economics.

Four courses in philosophy (12 credits)

PHIL 324/GOVT 324 - Modern Western Political Theory or PHIL 327/ GOVT 327 - Contemporary Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 357 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences Credits: 3 or PHIL 371 - Philosophy of Natural Sciences Credits: 3

PHIL 358 - Ethics and Economics Credits: 3

PHIL 411 - Theories of Decision Credits: 3

Four courses in public and international affairs (12 credits)

GOVT 103 - Introduction to American Government Credits: 3

GOVT 323 / PHIL 323 - Classical Western Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 422 - Constitutional Interpretation Credits: 3

GOVT 467 - Current Issues in Economic Policy Credits: 3

One capstone experience course (3 credits)

GOVT 469 or PHIL460/ECON 460 - Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Credits: 3

Total: 80 credits

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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