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Economics (B.Sc.)

B.Sc. Major in Economics

Note: UBC Okanagan also offers a B.A. Major in Economics and a B.A. Major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

The B.Sc. Major in Economics emphasizes the mathematical and quantitative nature of modern economic inquiry that is increasingly required for progress on to graduate studies in economics or to careers in quantitative economic and financial analysis in the public and private sectors. The Major combines courses in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics along with other Arts and Social Sciences requirements and electives. For students registered in the B.Sc. program in Economics, all Economics (ECON) courses are considered Science courses.

Students are recommended to enter the B.Sc. Economics Major in their second year in order to ensure proper program advising and course selection.

To be admitted to the major program students must successfully complete:

  • all of ECON 101 and 102; and,
  • a minimum of 24 credits. 

First Year

 

ECON 101, 102

6

MATH 100, 101

6

3 credits from the following courses: BIOL 116 or 117, 122 or 125, 131, 133; CHEM 111 or 121, 113 or 123; EESC 111, 121; PHYS 111 or 112, 121 or 122

3

ENGL 1091, or two of ENGL 1121, 113, 1141, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, CORH 205

6

DATA 101

3

Electives2

6

Total Credits

30

Second Year

 

ECON 204, 205, 225                                                                                                                                                                                 

9

MATH 200, 221                           

6

One of MATH 220, 222, 225

3

STAT 203, 205

6

Electives2

6

Total Credits

30

Third and Fourth Years

 

ECON 327, 328

6

Four of ECON 320, 427; MATH 303, 307, 317, 319, 327, 339, 340, 409, 441; STAT 303, 324, 401; DATA 301,311, 315, 410

12

One of ECON 308, 386, 401

3

One of ECON 309, 345, 347, 356, 402, 409

3

ECON courses numbered 300 or higher

12

ECON courses at any level2

6

Upper-level electives

  6

Electives212

Total Credits

60

Minimum credits for degree120

1Credit will only be granted for one of ENGL 109, 112 OR 114.

2 Students entering the B.Sc. in 2024 or later must complete at least 9 credits of non-science designated courses and 3 credits from INDG 100 or ENGL 114. Students who entered the B.Sc. prior to 2024 are required to complete 12 credits of non-science designated courses. These students are strongly encouraged to take INDG 100 or ENGL 114. 

B.Sc. Honours in Economics

The Honours in Economics enables high-achieving students in Economics to gain research experience through the completion of a directed-studies project (ECON 499 Honours Essay) under the supervision of a faculty member. Students intending to pursue graduate studies in economics are advised to consider taking the Honours program since it better equips them to be successful; in addition, most of the high-quality programs in Economics expect potential graduate students to have completed an Honours degree. 

Students who wish to enroll in the Honours program must submit a formal application to the coordinator of the Honours program. After admission, students must complete ECON 495 (Honours Seminar) and ECON 499 (Honours Essay) in sequence during their final year of study. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Fourth-year standing in the Economics Major;
  • A minimum grade average of 78% in all courses taken to date that are applicable to the Economics Major;
  • A minimum grade of 78% in both ECON 204 and ECON 205;
  • A minimum grade average of 78% in MATH 100 or 116 and MATH 101 or 142;
  • Successful Completion of ECON 327 and ECON 328.
  • Approval of the Honours program coordinator and the department head. 

Graduation Requirements:

  • All general program requirements for the B.Sc. degree;
  • All requirements for the B.Sc. Economics Major;
  • Successful completion of ECON 401, 402, 427, 495 and 499;
  • A minimum overall grade average of 78% in all Economics (ECON) courses;
  • A minimum overall grade average of 78% in all courses; and

A minimum of 54 credits of Economics with at least 36 credits at the upper level. 

 

 


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