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B.S. in Economics


Hong Zhuang, Ph.D. | Area Chair
Administration Building 204G | (574) 520-4634

About Economics

This 120 credit hour program is designed for the student who desires to gain an appreciation for how the economic system functions. The economics degree program provides an excellent foundation for the student who intends to work in business, government, or the nonprofit sector and for the student who wants to pursue graduate-level training in law, public administration, business administration, or other professional areas. Students must attain a grade of not less than a C in any of those courses marked with an asterisk (*).

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics

4-Year Degree Plan (Sample)

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Campuswide General Education (33-39 cr.)

For a more detailed description of the IU South Bend campuswide general-education requirements, including lists of approved courses, see the General Education website.
All courses certified as meeting the campuswide general-education requirements are designated in the Schedule of Classes.

Fundamental Literacies (32 cr.)
  • Writing (6 cr.) |
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I*
  • ENG-W 232 Introduction to Business Writing*
  • Critical Thinking | Select one of the following:
  • PHIL-P 105 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 150 Elementary Logic
  • Other Critical Thinking course
  • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics*
  • MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.)*
  • MATH-M 216 Calculus II (5 cr.)*
  • Information Literacy | COAS-Q 110 Introduction to Information Literacy (1 cr.)
  • Computer Literacy (3 cr.) | BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business*

Note | Recommend CSCI-A 106 Introduction to Computing/CSCI-A 107 Advanced Microcomputing prior to BUS-K 201 for students with limited computer skills.

Common Core Courses (15 cr.)

Students must complete courses from each of the following four areas, as designated in the Schedule of Classes.

Contemporary Social Values (8 cr.)

Students must complete one course from each of the following three areas, as designated in the Schedule of Classes.

General-Education (non-Business and Economics) Electives (6 cr.)

Consult with an advisor for recommended electives.

Economics Major Requirements (34 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated

  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Microeconomics*
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics*
  • ECON-E 270 Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics and Business*
  • ECON-E 305 Money and Banking*
  • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory*
  • ECON-E 322Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory*
  • ECON-E 430 International Economics*
  • ECON-E 470 Introduction to Econometrics*
  • ECON-E 490 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar in Economics (4 cr.)*

Select two of the following:

  • ECON-E 304 Survey of Labor Economics*
  • ECON-E 308 Survey of Public Finance*
  • ECON-E 344 Health Economics*
  • ECON-E 375 Introduction to Mathematical Economics*

Basic Business Requirements (20 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated

  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting*
  • BUS-F 151 Personal Finances of the College Student*
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business*
  • BUS-F 260 Personal Finance*
  • BUS-B 190 Introduction to Business Administration (must take in freshman or sophomore year)*
  • BUS-X 220 Career Perspectives*

Select two of the following:

  • BUS-F 301 Financial Management*
  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society*
  • BUS-K 321 Management of Information Technology*
  • BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management*
  • BUS-P 301 Operations Management*
  • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations*

Electives (5 cr.)

Consult with an advisor for recommended electives.

Minor in Economics


All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated

Students majoring in business who wish to earn a minor in economics are expected to complete the following requirements:

  • Register their intent with the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics.
  • Meet with an economics advisor prior to each semester’s registration.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in all economics courses that count toward the minor.

Complete the following courses:

  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E 322 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • One additional economics course at the 300- or 400-level

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