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Economics - Standard Option

Major Requirements

Major: Economics (Standard Option)

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

Required Courses for Economics
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
ECON 341Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 343Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Economics Electives: Select 15 credits from the following; 3 credits must be an approved capstone:15
Game Theory and Strategy (Approved as capstone)
History of Economic Thought
Economic Development (Approved as capstone)
Labor Economics
Public Economics (Approved as capstone)
International Trade
Monetary Theory and Policy
Industrial Organization (Approved as capstone)
Natural Resource Economics
Environmental Economics
Select no more than 3 credits from the following as part of the 15 economics electives:
Quantitative Methods & Decision Making
Agricultural Price Analysis
Applied Risk Analysis
Principles of Real Estate
Agribusiness Industrial Strategy
Agribusiness Finance
Money and Banking
Investment Analysis and Management
Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives
Management of Financial Institutions
International Finance
Money and Capital Markets
Corporate Finance
Managerial Economics
Other Requirements
CSCI 116Business Use of Computers (May satisfy general education category S)4
MATH 144Mathematics for Business (or any higher math)4
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2 or 3
or ECON 410 Econometrics
Additional Requirements
Humanities & Fine Arts: May be selected from the currrent general education list or any course with a prefix of: ART, CLAS, ENGL, FREN, GERM, HIST, HUM, MUSC, PHIL, SPAN, or THEA.3
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Three (3) credits must be selected from the current general education list while the remaining three (3) credits may be any course with a prefix of: ANTH, CJ, GEOG, POLS, PSYC, or SOC.6
Total Credits49-50

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students must earn, at least, a 2.00 cumulative GPA that is based on the courses that satisfy major requirements.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree - A minor program of study is required.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree - An additional 3 credits of 300-400 level humanities, social sciences or study abroad is required along with the successful completion of a second year language proficiency.