Economics – Bachelor of Science (Prior to Fall 2021)

The requirements outlined on this page only apply to UMD students who declared the ECON-BS major by February 5, 2021.

Major Requirements

  • ECON200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH140 Calculus I
  • MATH141 Calculus II
  • ECON321 Economic Statistics OR STAT400 Applied Statistic & Probability
  • ECON325 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECON326 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON422 Econometrics I
  • ECON423 Econometrics II
  • ECON406 Advanced Microeconomics OR ECON407 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • ECON Course of Choice: 400 level*
  • ECON Course of Choice: 400 level*
  • ECON Course of Choice: 400 level*
    *all Courses of Choice must be selected from approved BS course list

A checklist of degree requirements in a pdf format can be downloaded here

Please keep the following information in mind:
  • Economics courses are sequential in nature and all prerequisites are strictly enforced.  Students should refer to their major cards and the schedule of classes for detailed prerequisite information.
  • All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better
  • Students must also achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in all major requirements
  • The courses utilized to fulfill major requirements may not be used to “double-count” within other major requirements.
  • Students may take a maximum of 3 ECON courses per semester.

Every student must also complete their General Education requirements, as well as enough electives to reach the required minimum of 120 cumulative credits for graduation. For detailed information about GenEd requirements click here.

Academic Benchmarks

In accordance with the University's policies, the Department of Economics expects students to make timely progress towards graduation. Under normal circumstances, a full-time student is expected to complete his/her degree requirements in four years. The student should successfully complete a specific number of courses each academic year. To help measure progress during the early stages of a student's studies in economics, students will have to complete courses designated as benchmarks within a specified number of semesters in order to continue in their major.

Bachelor of Science - Students must complete the following six courses within two semesters of entering the major:

  • ECON200, ECON201, MATH140, and MATH141 with grades of C- or higher
  • One additional GenEd course with a D- or higher
  • Academic Writing with a C- or higher


Important Note: If you officially declared ECON-BS as your major by February 5, 2021 but wish to switch your curriculum to the new requirements, click here. Contact an ECON advisor if you have any questions.