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The UNC Economics Department is excited to announce that
we are now offering a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics!


The new major will provide students with greater exposure to data analysis and quantitative techniques, making it a good potential match for students interested in employment or graduate schools that emphasize these skills. We will continue to offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree for students who want to focus on the analytical approach of our current Economics major.

The BS degree is now officially available for Fall 2020. This timing means that students graduating in May 2021 or later would be eligible for the BS, provided they fulfill all of the degree requirements.

The BS will require 51 to 52 credit hours from 16 courses, including 5 required and 5 elective courses in the Economics department. Additionally, students must complete 4 required and 2 elective courses in other departments (MATH, COMP, STOR), as well as the general education requirements in place when they enrolled at UNC-CH. See below for a complete list of course requirements and a sample plan for completing the major. The key differences between the current Economics BA and proposed BS are:

  • The BS will require ECON 470 (Econometrics) and one additional 500-level ECON course.
  • The BS will require three semesters of calculus (MATH 231, 232, and 233).
  • BS students must select two of five additional quantitative courses from outside of the Economics department (COMP 110 or COMP 116, MATH 381, MATH 347, STOR 415, and STOR 435).

We encourage you to talk to Economics faculty (the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the University Advisor in economics, the Department Chair, or your favorite professor) if you are interested!


Proposed course requirements for the BS degree:

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Required ECON Courses Credit Hours ECON 101 Introduction to Economics 4 ECON 400 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics 3 ECON 410 Intermediate Theory: Price and Distribution 4 ECON 420 Intermediate Theory: Money, Income, and Employment 3 ECON 470 Econometrics 3 Total: 17 Required Non-ECON Courses MATH 231 Calculus of Functions of One Variable I 4 MATH 232 Calculus of Functions of One Variable II 4 MATH 233 Calculus of Functions of Several Variables 4 STOR 155 Introduction to Data Models and Inference 3 Total: 15 Elective ECON courses Five courses at the 400+ level,
including two 500+ courses. Total: 15 Elective Non-ECON courses Two of the following: COMP 110 or COMP 116 Introduction to Programming/Scientific Programming 3 MATH 381 Discrete Mathematics 3 MATH 347 Linear Algebra for Applications 3 STOR 415 Introduction to Optimization 3 STOR 435 Introduction to Probability 3 Total: 6-7

Sample plan for completing the BS degree:

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Semester 1 Semester 2 ECON 101
MATH 231 STOR 155
MATH 232 Semester 3 Semester 4 ECON 410
MATH 233 ECON 400
ECON 420 Semester 5 Semester 6 ECON 470
ECON elective ECON elective
Non-ECON elective Semester 7 Semester 8 ECON elective
Non-ECON elective ECON elective
ECON elective

For more information on the sample plan of study for this degree, please view the catalog.