Economics - Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts major in Economics is the only bachelor of arts degree offered through the College of Business.  It has the advantage of including a large number of general electives.  This feature provides great flexibility to the student who, in addition to completing the courses for a major in economics, may wish to take a double major or take courses from a wide variety of other subjects of his or her own choosing.  This program is suitable for, among others, students who plan to go to graduate school in economics, law, business, the social sciences or other areas.

Introductory Courses

A candidate for the bachelors of arts in economics must complete the following requirements. In addition, the following courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better:

ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics3
A ST 311Statistical Applications (or equivalent)3
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Economics majors must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 27 credits of departmental requirements.

Upper Division Economics Courses

The College of Business abides by the university's New Mexico General Education Common Core requirements as outlined in this catalog. To minimize the number of courses taken, students should first review the General Degree requirements listed below. Students who follow the recommendations below will satisfy the university's general education requirements.

ECON 304Money and Banking3
ECON 311Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 312Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 405Introductory Econometrics3
ECON 457Mathematical Economics3
ECON 489Senior Economics Seminar3
Electives in Economics, Upper-Division
Select 9 credits numbered 300 or above, including at least one course from the following to bring the total upper-division credits in major to 279
Public Finance3
Labor Economics3
Open Economy Macroeconomics3
International Economics3

Complete with a grade of C- or better.


MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences: Students planning to do graduate work in mathematical economics or statistics are urged to take MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus, MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, rather than MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences.


33-40 credits, dependent upon mathematics placement.


A grade of C- or better required to advance to the next level.


Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in courses counted toward the economics major.


A description of the requirement and a listing of approved VWW courses can be found in this catalog under Required Courses.