BS in Economics
The Bachelor of Science in Economics provides a strong foundation in economics and mathematics. Compared with the BA in Economics degree, the BS curriculum requires slightly more material in calculus and econometrics. BS students complete seven elective courses, including options such as FORTRAN Programming, Investment and Portfolio Management, Mathematics of Finance and Introduction to the Economy of Japan.
"Econometrics was one of the hardest and most gratifying classes I have ever taken. The course gave me the tools to read, critique and conduct empirical research. It was like learning a new language."
Andrea Cristina Ruiz
BA ’12, Economics and International Affairs
Recommended BS Course Schedules
Students with AP Calculus credit or those who placed above MATH 1231 may move through the required MATH and STAT courses at a faster pace than this schedule indicates.
 Recommended Schedule: ALEKS Scores of 61+

Students with AP Calculus or Stats credit can move through the required math and stat courses at a faster pace than recommended below.
 Freshman year: ECON 1011, ECON 1012, STAT 1111/1053/1051, MATH 1221/1231
 Sophomore year: ECON 2101/2103, ECON 2102/2104, MATH 1232, two ECON electives and/or one required STEM elective
 Junior year: ECON 2123, two econ electives and/or one required STEM elective
 Senior year: Remaining econ electives and/or other remaining nonECON electives, ECON 4198W
 Recommended Schedule: ALEKS Scores Below 61

Students with ALEKS scores below 61 may find the Bachelor of Arts track a better fit.
 Freshman year: ECON 1001, ECON 1011, STAT 1111/1053/1051 and MATH 1221/1231 (or any other prerequisites needed for enrollment into these STAT and MATH courses)
 Sophomore year: ECON 1012, ECON 2101/2103, MATH 1232, one ECON elective, and/or one required STEM elective
 Junior year: ECON 2102/2104, ECON 2123, two ECON electives, and/or one required STEM elective
 Senior year: Remaining ECON electives and/or required STEM electives, ECON 4198W
 Important Notes for All Students

 Students are encouraged to complete the two principles classes (ECON 1011 and ECON 1012) plus the intro stats (STAT 1111/1053/1051) and Calculus I (MATH 1221/1231) classes no later than the first semester of their sophomore year so that they are fully prepared for entry into the economics major.
 We recommend that students take intermediate micro prior to taking intermediate macro as it will enhance students’ understanding of the macro material.
 Intermediate micro and macro as well as econometrics and three ECON electives are prerequisites for the capstone proseminar course (ECON 4198W). Students will not be allowed to enroll in proseminar until they have completed these prerequisites. It is therefore imperative to plan ahead and finish these prerequisite courses by the end of the first semester of senior year.
 We strongly recommend completing all ECON BS major requirements prior to enrolling in ECON 4198W. Materials covered in the required major classes will be extremely helpful to students in completing their research projects in the proseminar course.
 For students wishing to study abroad in their junior year, you are encouraged to only transfer back ECON electives courses. We recommend taking the core theory classes (ECON 2101/2103, 2102/2104, 2123) at GW
Course Requirements
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs and the following curricular requirements.
Programspecific curriculum:
Code  Title  Credits 

Required core courses  
ECON 1011  Principles of Economics I ^{*}  
ECON 1012  Principles of Economics II  
ECON 2101  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory  
or ECON 2103  Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach  
ECON 2102  Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory  
or ECON 2104  Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach  
ECON 2123  Introduction to Econometrics  
MATH 1221  Calculus with Precalculus II  
or MATH 1231  SingleVariable Calculus I  
MATH 1232  SingleVariable Calculus II  
STAT 1111  Business and Economic Statistics I (or equivalent)  
or STAT 1051  Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics  
or STAT 1053  Introduction to Statistics in Social Science  
STEM electives  
Two courses (6 credits) selected from the following and completed with a minimum grade of C:  
CSCI 1011  Introduction to Programming with Java  
CSCI 1012  Introduction to Programming with Python  
CSCI 1111  Introduction to Software Development  
CSCI 1112  Algorithms and Data Structures  
CSCI 1311  Discrete Structures I  
DATS 1001  Data Science for All  
DATS 2102  Data Visualization for Data Science  
DATS 2103  Data Mining for Data Science  
DATS 2104  Data Warehousing for Data Science  
EMSE 2705  Mathematics of Operations Research  
EMSE 3850  Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering  
MATH 2184  Linear Algebra I  
MATH 2233  Multivariable Calculus ^{**}  
MATH 2971  Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning ^{**}  
MATH 3342  Ordinary Differential Equations ^{**}  
MATH 3410  Mathematics of Finance ^{**}  
MATH 4239  Real Analysis I ^{**}  
STAT 1129  Introduction to Computing  
STAT 2183  Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages  
STAT 3119  Design and Analysis of Experiments  
STAT 3157  Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I  
STAT 3187  Introduction to Sampling  
STAT 4158  Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II  
STAT 4181  Applied Time Series Analysis  
STAT 4188  Nonparametric Statistics Inference  
STAT 4189  Mathematical Probability and Applications I  
STAT 4190  Mathematical Probability and Applications II  
STAT 4197  Fundamentals of SAS Programming for Data Management  
Additional requirements  
Six courses (18 credits) in Economics (ECON) electives numbered between 2000 and 4999 are required. At least one of these courses should be numbered between 3000 and 3999 and at least one should be an ECON WID course. The following guidelines and restrictions apply to this requirement:  
FINA 3101 and/or FINA 3301 can be used as substitutes for up to two ECON elective courses numbered between 2000 and 4999. Credit cannot be earned for both FINA 3301 and ECON 2121.  
ECON 3098, ECON 3099, FINA 3101, and FINA 3301 are not considered 3000level ECON electives and therefore do not fulfill the requirement for one 3credit ECON course numbered from 3000 to 3999.  
No more than three of the following courses can be taken to fulfill this requirement: ECON 2169, ECON 2198, ECON 3098, and ECON 3198.  
No more than two of the following courses can be used to fulfill this requirement: ECON 2180, ECON 2181, and ECON 2182. ECON 2180 does not satisfy the major elective requirement if taken concurrently with or after successful completion of ECON 2181 or ECON 2182. 
^{*}Postmatriculation residency requirement: ECON 1011 must be taken at GW to count toward the major. Students who matriculate with AP or transfer credit for ECON 1011 are exempt from this residency requirement.
^{**}MATH 2233, MATH 2971, MATH 3342, MATH 3410, and MATH 4239 are strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in economics.