BS in Economics

  • For CCAS majors,the general requirements stated under Columbian School of Arts and Sciences. Students from other schools (e.g., ESIA, SEAS) must satisfy the requirements of their home school

For the recommended Economics BS course sequence please click HERE.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs and the following curricular requirements.

Program-specific curriculum:

ECON 1011Principles of Economics I 1
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II 1
ECON 2103Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
or ECON 2101 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON 2104Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach
or ECON 2102 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 2123Introduction to Econometrics
ECON 4198WProseminar in Economics
MATH 1221Calculus with Precalculus II 2
or MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I
or MATH 1252 Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 2
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I (or equivalent) 2
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
Two courses (6 credits), completed with a minimum grade of C-, from the following:
CSCI 1041Introduction to FORTRAN Programming
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development
CSCI 1121Introduction to C Programming
CSCI 1131Introduction to Programming with C
CSCI 1311Discrete Structures I
CSCI 4314Discrete Analysis-Computer Science
CSCI 4341Continuous Algorithms
CSCI 4511Artificial Intelligence Algorithms
EMSE 2705Mathematics in Operations Research
EMSE 3701Operations Research Methods
EMSE 3850Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering
EMSE 4710Applied Optimization Modeling
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 3
MATH 2971Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
MATH 3342Ordinary Differential Equations 3
MATH 3410Mathematics of Finance 3
MATH 4239Real Analysis I 3
STAT 1129Introduction to Computing
STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
STAT 3119Analysis of Variance
STAT 3187Introduction to Sampling
STAT 4157Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 4158Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
STAT 4181Applied Time Series Analysis
STAT 4188Nonparametric Statistics Inference
STAT 4189Mathematical Probability and Applications I
STAT 4190Mathematical Probability and Applications II
STAT 4197Fundamentals of SAS Programming for Data Management
Additional requirements
Five additional Economics (ECON) courses (15 credits) numbered between 2000 and 4999. The following guidelines and restrictions apply:
FINA 3101 and/or FINA 3301 may be used as substitutes for up to two ECON courses; however, credit may not be earned for both FINA 3301 and ECON 2121.
At least one of the five courses must be taken at the 3000-level. ECON 3098, ECON 3099, FINA 3101, and FINA 3301 may be counted toward the 15 credits of ECON electives, but do not count toward the required minimum of 3 credits of 3000-level courses.
No more than three courses may be selected from ECON 2169, ECON 2170, ECON 2185, ECON 2198, ECON 3098, and ECON 3198.
No more than two courses may be selected from ECON 2180, ECON 2181 or ECON 3181, and ECON 2182.

1 Post-matriculation residency requirement: In order for ECON 1011 Principles of Economics I to count towards the major it must be completed at George Washington University with a minimum grade of C-. Students who matriculate with AP or transfer credit for ECON 1011 are exempt from this residency requirement. In order for ECON 1012 Principles of Economics II to count towards the major it must be completed at George Washington University with a minimum grade of C-.  Students who matriculate with AP or transfer credit for ECON 1012 are exempt from this residency requirement. 

2 The MATH course selected from among MATH 1221 Calculus with Precalculus II, MATH 1231 Single-Variable Calculus I, or MATH 1252 Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences, as well as MATH 1232 Single-Variable Calculus II, must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.  Moreover, STAT 1111, or STAT 1051, or STAT 1053 must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

3 MATH 2233 Multivariable Calculus, MATH 2971 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, MATH 3342 Ordinary Differential Equations,MATH 3410 Mathematics of Finance, and MATH 4239 Real Analysis I are strongly recommended for those planning to pursue graduate study in economics.