Faculty and Academic Staff

Robert Beam, Professor
Diek Carlson, Senior Lecturer
Jerry Hembd, Associate Professor

The Economics major works toward developing effective decision-makers and leaders in both the private and public sectors through a strong practical business education as well as a comprehensive liberal arts education.

The Economics major is designed to engage students in critical thinking so they can analyze problems, implement strategies, and contribute to the success of a business organization.

While pursuing the Economics major, students study under highly qualified faculty members who have expertise in their specialized fields.

The Economics major instills excellence, builds confidence, and develops strong leadership skills that graduates can use throughout their careers.

Required for admission to upper division 300/400-level courses in Business and Economics

Economics majors:

To enroll in 300/400 economics courses, students must be admitted to the Department of Business and Economics. To be admitted to the DBE, economics majors must meet the following requirements.

  1. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.3 or higher. This requirement applies to all students, including transfer students. Coursework at previously attended colleges or universities will be included in GPA computations.
  2. Complete the following courses with a GPA of at least 2.0 and no grade lower than C - :  ITS 108; BUS 270; ECON 250, and ECON 251.

    Students from outside the department who have completed ECON 235 can enroll in all 300/400 level economics courses without being admitted to the DBE. However, if a student who has taken ECON 235 subsequently declares economics as his or her major, then he or she can count the ECON 235 course as general elective credits, but will have to complete the ECON 250 and ECON 251 sequence, along with ITS 108 and BUS 270, in order to meet all requirements for admission to the DBE. This is to ensure that all economics majors will have completed the same course requirements for their upper-level training.
  3. Complete the following: MATH 151 or MATH 240
  4. WRIT 101; 102; COMM 110; and all but 12 credits of the remaining University General Education requirements. Students with majors offered by the Department of Business and Economics may not enroll in any of the courses listed above on a Pass-Fail basis.   

Economics Major

33 credits

Required core courses:

ITS 108           Business Computer Applications - 3 credits
MATH 151     (Calculus) or MATH 240 - 3 credits
BUS 270         Business Statistics -3 credits
ECON 250       Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits
ECON 251       Principles of Macroeconomics -3 credits

Required major courses:

ECON 350       Microeconomic Analysis -3 credits
ECON 351       Macroeconomic Analysis - 3 credits
ECON 435       Economic Development - 3 credits
ECON 470       Forecasting Methods (Capstone) - 3 credits

And at least two of the following:

ECON 301       Study Abroad - 0-6 credits
ECON 330       Money and Banking -3 credits
ECON 333       Transportation Economics - 3 credits
ECON 362       Public Finance - 3 credits
ECON 430       International Economics - 3 credits
ECON 438       Comparative Economic Systems - 3 credits
ECON 481       Seminar in Economic Issues - 3 credits