Skip to Main Content
Maxwell School
Maxwell / Department of Economics

Undergraduate Program

B.S. Requirements (as of 9/14)

  1. Complete MAT 295-MAT 296. 
  2. Satisfy principles with ECN 203 or equivalent sequence*
  3. Complete ECN 311 (not ECN 301) and ECN 302
  4. Complete ECN 505, ECN 521 and ECN 522.
  5. Five additional upper-division electives numbered 300 or higher, including two electives that have ECN 311 or ECN 302 as a prerequisite, excluding ECN 365 and ECN 470.

Note:  ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business may NOT be taken for credit towards the major.

TOTAL: 30 Upper-division course credits and principles of economics.  An overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required in the 30 upper-division course credits.

*Equivalent sequences include Advanced Placement credit and transfer credit for an introductory sequence. (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Economics

The requirements for a B.S. degree in Economics are shown in the box above. The MAT 295 and MAT 296 courses satisfy the Quantitative Skills requirement in the Arts and Sciences Core. (Note that MAT 295 and MAT 296 will simultaneously satisfy both the Quantitative Skills requirement and six of the twelve credits needed to fulfill the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Divisional Perspectives of the Arts and Sciences Core.)  If you are interested in being invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, please note that you must demonstrate mastery of a foreign language to be eligible.  See below for further information on the B.S. requirements.

Principle of Economics

Students enter the major by completing ECN 203 Economic Ideas and Issues. Advanced placement courses and transfer credit for introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics may also be used to satisfy the principles of economics requirement

Required Coursework for the B.S. Degree

Students are required to take ECN 311 Intermediate Mathematical Microeconomics, ECN 505 Mathematical Economics, ECN 521 Economics Statistics, and ECN 522 Econometric Methods. Along with the required calculus courses, the required economics courses give students a good grasp of the technical aspects of the economics field and distinguish the graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Upper-Division Electives

An economics faculty major advisor is available to help you select elective courses in economics that suit your academic interests and career goals. ECN 365 The World Economy, ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business, ECN 470 Experience Credit may not be used to satisfy economics major requirements. ECN 365 and ECN 310 Microeconomics for Business are designed for non-majors.* Students may use up to three credits of ECN 490 Independent Study toward their major requirements. Students in the Economics Program of Distinction may use ECN 495 and ECN 496 toward their major requirements.

In addition, the faculty recommends B.S. majors continue their econometrics training by taking ECN 523 Advanced Topics in Econometrics. ECN 523 will count as an upper-division elective.

Course Substitution

MAT 521 Introduction to Probability will be allowed to count in lieu of ECN 521 Economic Statistics to Econometrics and Statistics to satisfy the B.S. requirements. Students may not receive credit for both MAT 521 and ECN 521 towards their economics major.

Students enrolled in the School of Management (SOM) may count MAS 261 and BUA 345 in place of ECN 521. Students will not receive credit for both MAS 261-BUA 345 and ECN 521 towards their economics major.

In addition, management students may use FIN 355 Money and Banking (offered through the School of Management) as one of the 300-level upper-division electives for the economics major (B.A. or B.S.). Non-management students, however, should take ECN 481 Money and Banking. Students may not receive credit for both ECN 481 and FIN 355 toward their economics major.

Student should submit a Petition to Faculty to count any of the above substitutions towards the major requirements. This form can be found here.

Transfer Credit

The Economics Department applies a two-thirds rule to upper-division economics courses. Two-thirds of the upper-division coursework in economics must be taken at Syracuse University or its affiliate programs, such as the Syracuse University Abroad Program. In practical terms, no more than three upper-division courses may be in transfer towards the B.S. degree

To find out if a course will transfer, you must complete a Petition to Faculty in advance. See page 39 for policies and information on transfer credit.

Note: Because of the specialized nature of ECN 311, ECN 505, and ECN 522, it may be difficult to find acceptable substitutes at other universities.