Curriculum

Curriculum

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Also be sure to check out Advice for Economics Majors and find other resources on the Current Students page.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Economics bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17 credits

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 14.5 credits

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • Statistics (4 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 4

  • Effective Writing for the Social Sciences (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses is available to you in your third and fourth years. Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and your interests.

  • Upper-Division Required Courses
    Intermediate Microeconomics; Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making; Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis; Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis; Econometric Techniques; International Trade and Finance; Industrial Organization; Economics of Labor Markets; Regional Economic Analysis; Managerial Economics; Business Forecasting Techniques; Economic Forecasting; Corporation Finance; Basic Management Concepts; Introduction to Business Information Systems; Principles of Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Strategic Management and Business Policy; Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See bulletins.psu.edu for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.