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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics BS

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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 BS will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Total Credits Required for Major: 63

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
  • All upper-level elective credits must be completed at the University at Buffalo.

Departmental Honors

The Department of Economics nominates majors who have completed (1) MTH 141 , (2) MTH 142 , (3) and either ECO 498  or ECO 499  with a recommendation letter from the faculty who supervised the student, and (4) cumulative GPA in economics courses is at least 3.25 (Honors), 3.50 (High Honors) or 3.75 (Highest Honors) for the Departmental Honors Program.

Program Honors

To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA in economics courses and complete an honors thesis or project through enrollment in either ECO 498  or ECO 499  and have a recommendation letter from the faculty who supervised the student. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their 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: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

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

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

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 BS in Economics, the student will:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the basic principles and terminology of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and economics.
  • Examine, analyze, and present empirical data.
  • Apply basic statistics and build econometric models using large datasets.
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of the subject areas concentrated in the elective courses.
  • Effectively communicate economic trends using data in written and oral forms to a variety of audiences.


(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP45.0603 Econometrics and Quantitative Economics)


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