Bachelor of Science in Economics

This program is a flexible program with minimal requirements. In addition to the general education requirements of the University, the requirements include (see program requirements and specific course descriptions):

Mathematics and Statistics
Each student is required to complete with a letter grade

  • MATH 1260 or 1310, or both 1340 and 1350. Students are strongly urged to take MATH 1310, or 1340 and 1350, rather than 1260. Credit for MATH 90, 95, 98 and 1120 does not count toward the degree. Only three hours of credit for MATH 1200 count toward the degree
  • STAT 2110 and 2120

Natural Sciences
One lab science course from the list of natural science courses for University general education is required and may be counted toward general education requirements.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Each student is required to complete four courses from the list of social and behavioral sciences courses for University general education: ECON 2020, 2030 (completed with a letter grade) and two additional courses. Any two of the four courses may be counted toward general education requirements.

Humanities and Arts
Each student is required to complete three courses from the list of humanities and arts courses for University general education. Any two of the three courses may be counted toward general education requirements.

Oral and Written Communications
All economics majors must satisfy a written and oral communications requirement in economics. Certification by an economics faculty member that the requirement has been met is required. Details are available in the department office.

Free Electives
Economics (except ECON 2000) or other courses may be used as free electives to complete the minimum degree requirements of 122 credit hours. The number of credit hours needed (18-31) is determined by the number of hours taken as University, general degree or major requirements.

Free electives should be selected in consultation with the faculty adviser. IPC 1020 and at least one course in computer science are recommended. Generally a student may take courses in any department of the University in meeting this requirement. For a list of courses that do not count toward the degree, see the appropriate check sheet of degree requirements or contact the department or Undergraduate Studies in Business.*

Major requirements (45 hours)

  • Core courses 
    • ECON 3020, 3030, 4730
    • three hours of quantitative economics from ECON 4010 or 4020
    • 18 additional hours of 3000- and 4000-level ECON or approved related courses
    • All courses must be completed with a letter grade.
  • Cognate concentration* 
    • 15 hours selected from the areas of business administration, arts and sciences or education, after consultation with and approval of the program adviser.
    • All courses must be completed with a letter grade.

Note: ECON 2000 may not be counted toward the cognate concentration or free electives.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Economics are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate a command of basic characteristics of the American and global economy by using this knowledge to critically evaluate economic outcomes;
  • demonstrate a command of basic economic theory by using this theory to make predictions and to analyze alternative economic policy options;
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate in both oral and written forms by presenting arguments and evidence clearly and concisely;
  • demonstrate the ability to engage in and understand moral reasoning with respect to economic issues by recognizing the implicit value conflicts present in all economic policy debates;
  • demonstrate the ability to engage in problem solving using basic economic theory;
  • demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking as a part of the analysis of economic problems;

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Economics program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is in good standing. For more accreditation information, click here

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Economics program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Economics program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 06/04/2021 02:40PM