Economics Major

School of Business and Economics


  • Economics
  • BDA 337: Introduction to Business Data Analytics
  • 3

This course will examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve decision-making through the study of fundamental principles and techniques of data mining using real-world examples, cases, and software to place data-mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application is as much an art as it is a science. Topics will include introduction to data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence: concepts and definitions, the data mining process, predictive and descriptive tasks.

  • BUS 201: Introduction to Management, Marketing, and Information Technology
  • 3

This survey course will look at today's American business systems including a study of various types of businesses and the information they gather, store, and process, including administration and management of people, facilities, and information. Course will include relevant computer experience simulating business situations.

  • BUS 483: Business Ethics
  • 3

The purpose of this course is to develop a foundation for business ethical decision making and ethical evaluation. The focus includes global and domestic economic, social and legal environmental issues. Ideals, laws and values are evaluated with application of Business Ethics theory and philosophy. Case studies and classical literature underscore learning modalities embracing ethical decision making and analysis. A culmination of previous work is applied. Prerequisites: Business or Economics major with Senior standing.

  • ECO 201: Macroeconomics
  • 3

This course will survey the scope and methods of the study of economics; the principles underlying the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of wealth along with various economic problems. The systematic investigation of the market structure of American capitalism, encompassing the production and distribution of income, welfare economics and current domestic problems.

  • ECO 202: Microeconomics
  • 3

This introductory course will look at specific aspects of the economy such as households, firms, and markets, including the investigation of supply and demand in the product market, the perfectly competitive market, monopoly and imperfect competition, and the role of government in private economy. Emphasis will be given to economic challenges of the future.

  • ECO 221: History of Economic Thought
  • 3

This is a survey course of the history of economic thought from 1600 to 2000, focusing on primary works and discussion of their historical context. Major authors covered will include Smith, Marx, Marshall, and Keynes. Specific policy areas surveyed include internal improvements, money and banking, tariffs, trade, antitrust, and regulation. Recommended prerequisite: ECO 201.

  • ECO 321: Econometrics
  • 3

This course provides an introduction to econometrics using real-world examples and exercises. It covers the topic of single-equation linear regression analysis. Using a practical approach, students learn how to test for and correct biases that may exist when performing a regression analysis. Topics covered include hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, Gauss-markoc Theorem, Data Specification, Multicollinearity, Serial Correlation, Heteroskedasticity, Time-Series, Dummy Variables and Forecasting. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the general education math requirement, ECO 201, ECO 202 and MTH 252.

  • ECO 421: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • 3

This course uses principals of economic and statistical analysis in management decision making and practical problem solving; demand evaluation and sales forecasting; cost and profitability analysis; pricing policy; extensive use of case studies. Prerequisites: ECO 202 and MTH 252.

  • ECO 428: Intermediate Macroeconomics and Public Policy
  • 3

This course uses economic methodology to evaluate the economic methods used in, and the purposes driving, the development of economic public policies in the U.S., focusing on the role of government in shaping social policy and its impact on individuals. Students will (a) complete an essay describing a recent U.S. economic policy event, and (b) an essay describing the economic justification for recent public policy in one (1) of the following three (3) topics: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Economics of Health; or Economics of Education. Prerequisites: fulfillment of general education math requirement and ECO 201, ECO 202 and (MTH 252 or MTH 271).

  • ECO 485: Economic Major Thesis
  • 3

This capstone course will integrate and apply key economic theory and models through the student's original choice of research; evaluation of the thesis will be by committee. Prerequisite: Senior status Economics major and ECO 221, ECO 321 and MTH 252.

  • FIN 331: Finance
  • 3

This is an introductory course to the principles and practices of managerial finance, sources and methods of raising capital, cash flow analysis, financial statement analysis, financial markets, and stockholder equity concerns. Additional concepts will include decision making with risk and use of operating and financial leverage. Prerequisites: General education math requirements and ACT 212.

  • MTH 252: Introduction to Calculus
  • 3

This course, for non-math majors, will study the limits and the foundations of differential and integral calculus with an emphasis on applications. The use of technology (graphing calculator, websites, Maple) will be used. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra is required for successful completion of this course.

  • MTH 265: Introduction to Statistics
  • 3

As a basic statistics course applicable to education, business, and the hard sciences, this course will include topics such as descriptive statistics, the normal, binomial, F-, and Chi-squared distributions, and hypothesis testing. Optional topics might include additional non-parametric tests and ANOVA. A TI-83 graphing calculator or Microsoft Excel is required. Prerequisites: CMTH 101, MTH 201, MTH 252, MTH 271 or equivalent

  • Choose 3 of the following:
  • ECO 323: Money and Financial Markets
  • 3

This course is an overview of financial markets and institutions, money markets, stocks, bonds, foreign currency, and derivatives. Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202.

  • ECO 340: Morality, Social Policy, and Economics
  • 3

This course will consider the relationship between economic and moral systems by examining markets for goods and services that are private “goods” and social “bads,” such as transplantable organs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, pornography, and illegal drugs. This course considers the foundations of ethical beliefs and the moral grounds for different forms of market intervention; reviews the economics of prohibition and regulation; and analyzes the impact of different forms of social policy on market and social outcomes. Prerequisites: ECO 201 and ECO 202.

  • ECO 429: Environment, Climate, and Sustainability
  • 3

This course will give an overview of environmental law on business organizations and their behavior, focusing on state and federal statutory and case law dealing with analysis of environmental impacts; control of air and water pollution; regulation of toxic substances; preservation of natural areas, habitat, and endangered species; and with a special emphasis on the impact of various governmental policies and environmental laws on industry, business, real estate development, and conservation programs. Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202. BUS 201 and BUS 251 are recommended prerequisites.

  • FIN 445: International Finance
  • 3

This course will explain corporate strategies, opportunities, and processes for raising funds, investing, and developing financial relationships with global partners including a review of global stock markets, money exchanges, and foreign financial institutions. Prerequisite: FIN 331.

  • BDA 338: Big Data Analytical Tools
  • 3

This course will introduce methods, tools, and applications used to extract and analyze big data with a focus on the use of these approaches and instruction on basic programming, design, and critical thinking skills necessary to use the applications. Prerequisites: BUS 201 and BUS 224.


Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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