May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics BA

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Whether you’re trying to reduce poverty, decide whether to buy or lease a car, or figure out how a company can make the best use of its employees’ time, you’re using economics. As an economics major, you’ll see exactly how we apply economics every day in our professional and personal lives. UB’s economics program is designed for people who want to make the world better (and more efficient) by understanding how we distribute money, land and other limited resources.

Visit the Economics academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Economics department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Economics BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Economics Electives (23 credits)

Distributed as follows:

  • 8 credits of any-level economics (ECO) elective courses. ECO 181  and ECO 182   are highly recommended.
    • A maximum of 3 credits from either ECO 495  or ECO 496  can be used.
  • 15 credits of upper-level (300/400-level) economics (ECO) elective courses 



Total Credits Required for Major: 39

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.000
  • A minimum Economics GPA of 2.500

Transfer Credit Policy

Economics majors must take all 15 credits of upper-level economics electives at UB. Approved upper-level electives exclude ECO 495  and ECO 496 . Transfer credit may be applied towards the required courses or any-level economics electives. 

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • ECO 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 3
  • ECO 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • ECO 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 3
  • ECO 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 3 

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • ECO 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all of the requirements of the BA in Economics, the student will:

  • have a good working knowledge of the basic principles and terminology of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.
  • be able to read, evaluate, and interpret general economic information.
  • be able to understand and apply basic statistics.
  • have a sound knowledge of the subject areas covered by the elective courses.
  • be able to communicate effectively both in written and oral forms.


(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP45.0601 Economics, General)


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