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Degree Requirements for the BA in Economics

Submitted by dfto on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 1:46pm

Graduating with a Major in economics requires that students meet the degree requirements of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Economics. For details on the graduation requirements of the Faculty of Arts, see the University of Calgary Calendar. The degree requirement is completion of 20 full course equivalents. For planning purposes it is useful to divide these course requirements into economics requirements and requirements external to the Department.

The most up to date and definitive statement of degree requirements is found in the University of Calgary Calendar, which is published annually and is readily available. Every effort has been made to ensure that this explicit syllabus is consistent with the Calendar, but in the event of a conflict the Calendar takes precedence.

6.1 Economics Requirements

To obtain a Major in Economics, students are required to complete a minimum of 7.0 full course equivalents (FCE's) and a maximum of 10.0 FCE's in Economics. Of these the following courses are required:

1. Principles Courses

  • Econ 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Econ 203 Principles of Macroeconomics

2. Intermediate Theory

  • Econ 301 Intermediate Economic Theory—Microeconomics I
  • Econ 303 Intermediate Economic Theory—Macroeconomics I
  • Econ 357 Intermediate Economic Theory—Microeconomics II
  • Econ 359 Intermediate Economic Theory—Macroeconomics II

3. Econometrics

  • Econ 395 Use of Statistics in Economics

Note: Econ 495 is currently not a required course but it is strongly recommended for all majors.

4. Applications

2 FCE's at the 400 or 500 level with Economics 301, 303, 357 or 359 as prerequisites.

A minimum of one and a half (1.5) full Economics courses at the 300 level or above.

6.2 External Requirements

External requirements for the Major in Economics consist of two types, those required by the Department and those required by the Faculty of Arts.

External Requirements of the Department of Economics:

The Department of Economics requires the following courses external to the Department:

1. Mathematics 

  • Math 249 Introductory Calculus or 
  • Math 265 Calculus I

2. Statistics

  • Stats 205 Introduction to Statistical Inquiry or
  • Stats 213 Introduction to Statistics I 

Note: Math 211 is not a required course but it is strongly recommended to all 
Economics majors.

Requirements of the Faculty of Arts:

1. Successful Completion of TWENTY (20) FULL courses with:

(a) a minimum overall GPA of 2.0

(b) Not more than 3 FULL courses with D or D+ grades

(c) Not more than 1 FULL course with D or D+ grades in the Major (e.g., ECON)

2. Transfer courses:

(a) Not more than 10 FULL courses can be transferred from other institutions

(b) At most 4 FULL courses transferred from other institutions can count towards the        major field (e.g., ECON)

3. A minimum of 7 and maximum of 10 FULL courses in the major (e.g., ECON)

4. At most 8 FULL courses at the junior (200) level

5. A minimum of 1 FULL course Area III (Science-Related):  All courses from the Faculty of Science.  Note:  Math 249 or 265 and Stats 205 or 213 count toward this total.

6.  A maximum of one full-course equivalent physical activity course (Dance Education    Activity/Theory, Outdoor Pursuits Activity/Theory, and Physical Education Activity/Theory) may be credited towards degree program requirements.

BA Degrees are granted "with Distinction" to students achieving a GPA above 3.6 on the final 30 one-term courses counting toward their degrees.    

Advice on recommended non-economics courses that are complementary to a degree in economics can be found in the section in Section 7.3, "Recommended Options".

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