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Undergraduate Economics Courses

 

100 Level Core Courses

 

ECO 100 Introduction to Economics. GER 2/B. Introduction to economic principles, issues, and policy. Recommended for students who want a broad, one-semester overview. Not open to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in ECO 200 or 201 or their equivalents. Cannot be credited towards the Economics major.3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

200 Level Core Courses

 

ECO 200 Principles of Microeconomics. GER 2/B. May be taken prior to or concurrently with ECO201.Determination of prices and quantities of goods and services, including labor and other resources; competitive and imperfect markets; public policy implications. prereq: MATH 101 or exemption from the course3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics. GER 2/B May be taken prior to or concurrently with ECO200. Economic growth; fluctuations in the aggregate economy; inflation; monetary and fiscal policy. prereq: MATH 101 or exemption from the course 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 221 Economic Statistics. GER 1/B. 3 hrs, 3 cr. Probability and statistics in the context of economics, business and public policy; data analysis, probability distributions, and hypothesis testing. Prereq: MATH 101 or exemption from the course.

 

200 Level Elective Courses

 

ECO 210 Money and Banking. GER 3/B. Monetary and banking principles and practice; current issues; theory and policy. prereqs: ECO 200, 201. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 260 Business Organization and Management. GER 3/B. The economic theory of the firm, including the formal analysis of incentives and contracts. Particular focus on how the internal organization of the firm can mitigate the negative effects of interest between different stakeholders in the firm. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 295 Selected Topics in Economics. GER 3/B. Special topics and issues of research and policy interest. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. prereq: ECO 200 or 201. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

300 Level Core Courses

 

ECO 300 Intermediate Microeconomics. GER 3/B. Households and firms as maximizing agents; implications for equilibrium in perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets; general equilibrium; welfare. prereqs: ECO 200, 201, Math 150. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics. GER 3/B.. Growth, employment and prices in the short and long run; monetary and fiscal policy. prereqs: ECO 200, 201, Math 150. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 321 Introduction to Econometrics GER 3/B.Linear and non-linear regression models in economics; statistical methods for estimation and inference. prereqs: ECO 221 Math 150. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

300 and 400 level electives

 

ECO 310 Financial Institutions. GER 3/B. Operation, administration and regulation of U.S. banking, investment and credit institutions. prereq: ECO 210. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 315 Public Finance. GER 3/B. Theory and application of fiscal policy; federal budgeting; state and local finance. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 330 Economic Development. GER 3/B PD/A. Critical variables explaining the diversity of growth and economic and development outcomes across developing countries. Theories, case studies, measurement and policies. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 340 International Trade. GER 3/B. Theories of international trade and international trade policies. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 341 International Finance. GER 3/B. Theories of exchange-rate determination and open-economy macroeconomic theory and policy. prereq: ECO 201. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 345 Women and Men in the Labor Market. GER 3/B PD/C. Demand for labor, determination of wages and allocation of time between paid and unpaid activities,“human capital” investments, labor market policy issues. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 350 Comparative Economic Systems. GER 3/B PD/D. Comparative analysis of market and planned economies in theory and practice. Process and problems of transitions between planned and market economies. prereqs: ECO 200, 201. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 355 Industrial Organization. GER 3/B. The course focuses on firm behavior in imperfectly competitive markets. Topics include the acquisition and use of market power, strategic interactions among firms, and the role of government policy. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 356 Business and Public Policy. GER 3/B Analysis of the intersection between business and government in market economies. Topics may include protection of intellectual property, economic regulation, health and safety regulation, antitrust, and the behavior of private firms in the political and social realms. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 360 Managerial Economics. GER 3/B. Theory of the firm, risk and uncertainty; forecasting, capital allocation, analysis of costs and returns, pricing. prereq: ECO 200 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 365 Corporate Finance. GER 3/B Analysis of corporate investment and financing decisions. prereqs: ECO 200 and ECO 221. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 366 Security and Investment Analysis. GER 3/B Operation of the stock market; security analysis and evaluation; economic variables influencing security values. prereq: ECO 365. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 370 Law and Economics. GER 3/B. The course uses analytical tools of microeconomics to examine various aspects of the law, including property, contracts, torts, liability, and criminal and family law. prereq: ECO 200. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 390 Independent Study in Economics. GER 3/B. Open to economics majors and minors. Individual readings, tutorials, research. Written report. May be repeated for total of 6 cr. Not open to accounting majors. prereq: permission of the chair and faculty sponsor. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 395 Selected Topics in Economics. GER 3/B Jr/Sr majors only. Special readings, research and seminar discussions on selected topics announced each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 cr. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 426 Computer Applications in Economics. The course focuses on the acquisition of computer skills and their application to empirical economic analysis. prereqs: ECO 221 and declaration of economics major. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 495 Selected Topics in Economics. Jr/Sr majors only. Special readings, research papers and seminar discussions on selected advanced topics announced each semester. May be repeated for total of 6 cr. prereq: ECO 300 or 301. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 496 Honors Seminar in Economics. Jr/Sr majors only. Special readings, research and seminar discussions on selected topics announced each semester. May be repeated for total of 6 cr. prereqs: 3.5 GPA in economics, permission of chair. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

 

ECO 498 Internship in Economics or Accounting. Opportunities for working in positions of responsibility in professional institutions (including government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit institutions) for academic credit. The position must provide opportunities for learning about some area of economics, accounting, business or related public policy. Credits may not be used towards the requirements for the Economics or Accounting Major. CR/NC grading is mandatory. prereqs: Open only to qualified Economics or Accounting majors, upper Junior/Senior only. Enrollment is subject to approval of department advisor. Course may be taken no more than twice. 1 hr, 1 cr.

 

ECO 499 Honors Project. Jr/Sr only. Supervised individual research and directed reading. Honors essay. prereq: For accounting majors: ECO 321 and 372; for Economics majors: ECO 300, 301 and 321. 3.5 GPA in a major offered by the Department and permission of the chair. 3 hrs, 3 cr.

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