Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Majors

Economics (ECO)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0601

College of Arts & Sciences

http://economics.usf.edu/undergraduate/ba_ecn/

Major Description

Economics offers a clear and logical way of thinking about complicated issues such as unemployment, inflation, pollution, and crime. The Department of Economics offers broad course choices allowing students to tailor their programs to provide training for professional careers in business, teaching, government, and law. Students interested in majoring or minoring in economics should contact the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Economics for more information.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • ECO X013 Economic Principles: Macroeconomics or ECO XXXX
  • ECO X023 Economic Principles: Microeconomics or ECO XXXX

Total Major Hours: 33 Hours

Major Core

A student may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics by satisfactorily completing 33 credits in Economics in addition to college requirements.

Major Core Courses - 18 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Fifteen credit hours of Economics electives numbered 3000 or higher.

NOTE: ECO 1000 (if taken before both ECO 2013 and ECO 2023) if student receives a C- or better may be substituted for a maximum of 3 hours of upper-level economics elective credit.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

  • MAC 2233 Business Calculus or MAC 2311 Calculus I (or the equivalent) is an acceptable substitute for ECO 2052.
  • QMB 3200 Business and Economics Statistics II is an acceptable substitute for STA 2023.
  • ECO 2052, MAC 2233 Business Calculus, or MAC 2311 Calculus I (or the equivalent) must be taken as a prerequisite for ECO 3101 and ECO 3203.
  • ECP 3703 Managerial Economics may be substituted for ECO 3101. Students may not take both for credit.
  • No more than 3 hours credit can be applied toward a major from ECO 4914.
  • Economics majors taking coursework at the other USF institutions may not be able to fulfill all Economics course requirements at those institutions.
  • All students entering USF for the first time, in Fall 2012 or later, who earn 3 (three) D and/or F grades in any of the following courses at USF: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ECO 3101, ECO 3203, STA 2023 (or QMB 2100) and ECO 2052 (or MAC 2233 or MAC 2311 or equivalent) will be required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to a major that is not conferred by the Department of Economics through either the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2012 and who have not earned any D or F grades in any of the following courses at USF: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ECO 3101, ECO 3203, STA 2023 (or QMB 2100) and ECO 2052 (or MAC 2233 or MAC 2311 or equivalent) by the beginning of Fall 2012, will also be allowed 3 (three) D and/or F grades in those courses before being required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to a major that is not conferred by the Department of Economics through either the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2012 and who have earned 1 (one) or more D or F grades in any of the following courses at USF: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ECO 3101, ECO 3203, STA 2023 (or QMB 2100), and ECO 2052 (or MAC 2233 or MAC 2311 or equivalent) by the beginning of Fall 2012, will only be allowed 2 (two) more D and/or F grades in those courses before being required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to a major that is not conferred by the Department of Economics through the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.
  • Appeals to the required change of major will be handled in the Economics Department and ONLY those students whose appeal is based on exceptional circumstances will be considered.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Students must obtain a grade of "C-" or higher in ECO 3101 or ECP 3703 (formerly ECO 3100) in order to enroll in any course for which ECO 3101 or ECP 3703 is a prerequisite.

Major Grade Requirement

Students must obtain a grade of "C-" or higher in all courses required for the major or minor in Economics.

Major Residency Requirement

At least 12 hours of upper level credit must be taken in residence at USF.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.


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