Economics Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Economics Major

Students majoring in economics must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, lower-division business courses in preparation for the major, the Major Component requirements, and the Professional Development Passport Program.

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major

Students must earn a C- or better in all lower-division business preparatory courses for the major.

Students who are pursuing a business major are expected to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
Must receive pre-approval to register for ECON 217.
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus (or Calculus I)3-4
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Total Units16-21

Students considering graduate studies in economics are advised to take MATH 150; MATH 151 and MATH 250 as well.

Major Component

Required Courses
ECON 201Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 202Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 370Applied Econometrics3
ECON 497Senior Seminar3
Required Courses Total Units12
Elective Courses
Select six additional upper-division economics courses for a total of 18 units:18
ECON 300-369; ECON 371-494; ECON 496 or ECON 499
Total Units30

The economics major requires a minimum of 18 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD.

Recommended Program Of Study, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130
or 150
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3
Core or general electives6
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ECON 202Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 201Intermediate Microeconomics3
Core or general electives12
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ECON electives6
Core or general electives12
Semester IIHours
ECON 370Applied Econometrics3
ECON electives6
Core or general electives6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
ECON elective3
Core or general electives12
Semester IIHours
ECON 497Senior Seminar3
ECON elective3
Core or general electives6

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Minor Requirements

Required Courses
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 201Intermediate Microeconomics 13
ECON 202Intermediate Macroeconomics 13
Elective Courses
ECON upper-division electives6
Total Units18