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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, BS

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About the Program

Welcome to Purdue University’s Department of Economics. The Department, located in the Krannert School of Management, has a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Economics faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. The Economics Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For undergraduates students, the Department offers two Baccalaureate degrees, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics through the Management School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree through the College of Liberal Arts. We also offer an Economics Honors Program and a Minor in Economics.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Economics, BS  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Bachelor of Science in Economics
Major: Economics
Minimum credit hours: 120

Economics Admissions Index Core (EAI)

  • To be automatically admitted into upper division, students who have completed all courses in the EAI must have at least a 2.75 EAI GPA, have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, must have a C- or higher in all EAI and ECON courses, and may not be on academic probation.
  • Requirements for upper division can be found online:
  • EAI courses, or their equivalents, may only be enrolled in two times for a grade.
  • A maximum of three EAI courses may be retaken.
  • School of Management, EAI, and concentration courses with grades of “F” can only be retaken at Purdue University.
  • Previous enrollments as a non-School of Management student in MA 16100 , MA 16200 , MA 16500 , MA 16600  do not count against the retake policy.

EAI Core

School of Management (Economics) Foundations

Economics Electives

Consult with your advisor before signing up for an ECON 49000  course/No more than 3 upper division courses per semester unless at least a 2.75 overall GPA

  • Upper Division ECON Elective *PU* - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Upper Division ECON Elective *PU* - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Upper Division ECON Elective *PU* - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Upper Division ECON Elective *PU* - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Upper Division ECON Elective *PU* - Credit Hours: 3.00

Required Concentrations

Select one concentration from Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Life Sciences

Economics Honors

  1. ECON GPA of 3.5 and cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Previously taken 12 ECON Upper Division credits
  3. Senior Honors Thesis: ECON 49900  (may count as an ECON upper division elective) Consideration given to time to graduation

University Core/Program Course Requirements

International Electives

Any foreign language course - 20100, 20200, 30100, 30200, 40100, and 40200 not in your native language.

Foreign language course cannot be taught in English

Electives (Complete Enough Electives to Equal at Least 120 Credits)

University Core Requirements

General Information

  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division.
  • MGMT 30400 , MGMT 32300 , MGMT 45500  and MGMT 44301  are no credit courses.
  • Transfer credit for upper level MGMT, OBHR and ECON ( courses will only be considered if taken at a 4 year AACSB accredited school, (
  • Courses taken on approved Purdue study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.
  • Minors outside of the School of Management are also available.
  • *PU* Course MUST be taken at PURDUE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.

Required Concentrations (select one concentration from below)

  • No substitutions of courses are permitted. Students can major or minor in a concentration area.
  • Students may take one course at an approved Krannert Study Abroad program to be used toward one concentration course requirement (pre-approval required by Krannert Study Abroad liaison).

Computer Science (Choose 4 Courses)

* CS 17700  or any CS courses numbered 18000 or above, excluding CS 19000 , 19200, CS 19700 , and CS 23500 

  1. Computer Science
  2. Computer Science
  3. Computer Science
  4. Computer Science

Mathematics (Choose 3 courses)

Life Science (Choose 3 Courses)

  • Any 3 from Biology (BIOL) courses 30000 or higher
  • Any 3 from Chemistry (CHM) courses 30000 or higher
  • Any 3 from Pharmacy (PHRM) courses 30000 or higher
  • Any 3 from Biochemistry (BCHR) courses 30000 or higher

Program Requirements

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • ECON Upper Division - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ECON Upper Division - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ECON Concentration - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ECON Upper Division

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • ECON Upper Division - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

14 Credits

Total Credits 120


◊ Completion prior to admittance to upper division strongly encouraged

*PU* These courses must be taken at a Purdue University campus.

*UC* Fulfills University Core requirement

Graduation Index: 2.0 minimum
Major (ECON) Index: 2.0 minimum

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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