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Economics Concentration Areas

For the BS degree, the required concentration area must be one of the following five options listed below: Computer Science, Life Science, Management, Mathematics or Statistics. Note that the Management and Computer Science concentration areas require four courses. Other concentration areas require three courses. For the BA degree, the required concentration area can be one of the ten following options listed below (excludes the Management concentration area).

No substitutions of courses are permitted.  Students can major or minor in a concentration area.  BS degree students pursuing a management concentration should take STAT 225 and MGMT 305 to fulfill part of their pre-major foundation courses requirements.  BS degree students choosing the Statistics concentration area should consider taking STAT 416 instead of STAT 225. Note that STAT 416 and STAT 225 cannot both be taken for credit. Students choosing the Statistics concentration area cannot count courses that were used to meet the Statistics requirements to also meet the concentration requirements.


Communication (3 courses)
COM 21000 Debating Public Issues
COM 25000 Mass Communication and Society
COM 25600 Introduction to Advertising
COM 31400 Advanced Presentational Speaking
COM 31800 Principles of Persuasion
COM 32000 Small Group Com
COM 32400 Intro to Organizational Com
COM 32500 Interviewing:  Principles and Practices


Management (4 courses)
MGMT 20000 Introductory Accounting **
MGMT 20100 Management Accounting **
MGMT 31000 Financial Management **
MGMT 32300 Intro. to Marketing Analysis or 32400 Marketing Management **
MGMT 35000 Intermediate Accounting I
MGMT 35100 Intermediate Accounting II
MGMT 35400 Business Law **
MGMT 36100 Operations Management
MGMT 38200 Management and Information Systems
MGMT 45100 Strategic Management
OBHR 30000 Mgmt. of Human Resources or 33000 Org. Behavior or 428 Human Resource Mgmt **


Statistics (3 courses)
STAT 41700 Statistical Theory
STAT 51100 Statistical Methods
STAT 51200 Applied Regression Analysis
STAT 51300 Statistical Quality Control
STAT 51400 Design of Experiments
STAT 52200 Sampling and Survey Tech
STAT 52400 Applied Multivariate Analysis


Mathematics [Effective September, 2013] (3 courses)
MA 26100 Multivariate Calculus
MA 27100 Several Variable Calculus

One course in Linear Algebra Can be Selected From the Set (262 meets only one of the 3 course requirement):

  • MA 26200 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • MA 26500 Linear Algebra
  • MA 35100 Elementary Linear Algebra

One course in Differential Equations Can be Selected From the Set  (262  meets only one of the 3 course requirement)

  • MA 26200 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • MA 26600 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MA 36600 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MA 30300 Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and the Sciences
  • MA 30400 Differential Equations and Analysis of Nonlinear Systems for Engineering and the Sciences

MA 34100 Foundations of Analysis
MA 38500 Introduction to Logic

Any Other 300/400/500 Level MA Course


Computer Science (4 courses)
CS 17700 or any CS courses numbered 18000 or above excluding CS 19000, 19200, 19700, and 23500


Life Sciences (3 courses)
Any three Biology (BIOL) courses numbered 30000 or higher
Any three Chemistry (CHM) courses numbered 30000 or higher
Any three Pharmacy (PHRM) courses numbered 30000 or higher
Any three Biochemistry (BCHM) courses numbered 30000 or higher


Philosophy (3 courses)
Any three philosophy courses, with at least one at the 30000 or higher level


Anthropology (3 courses)
Any three ANTH courses numbered 30000 or higher


Sociology (3 courses)
Any three SOC courses numbered 30000 or above


Political Science (3 courses)
Any three Political Science courses 30000 level or above


Psychological Sciences (3 courses)
PSY 12000 prerequisite + any three PSY courses numbered 20000 or above


History (3 courses)
Any three history courses 30000 level or above with at least one 40000 or 50000 level course

When planning your concentration area, it is important to check pre-requisities for the various courses. For individuals considering graduate school in Economics, a concentration in Mathematics or Statistics is highly recommended. In fact, one should consider a minor, or even a joint major with Economics, in either of these two subject areas to substantially improve your options in terms of admission to PhD programs in Economics.

**These courses are part of the requirment for admittance into the "3+2" program (a combined BS/MBA Degree Program). For more details on the "3+2" program, see the BS/MBA Combined Degree Program Website.