Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

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Declaring an Economics or Financial Economics Major

Students must achieve a grade point average of C or better in at least three of the following courses:

For students placing out of any of the above courses, suitable adjustment will be made. Courses taken for pass/fail credit will not provide concentration credit.

When declaring your major you must print a copy of your unofficial transcript (from my.rochester.edu) and bring it with you. An advisor will not sign your form without your transcript.

The following overlap policies pertain to majors, double majors, minors, and clusters:

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Requirements for a BA in Economics

ECO 108: Principles of Economics*
ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics**
ECO 209: Intermediate Macroeconomics**
ECO 230: Economic Statistics or STT 213: Elements of Probability and Math Statistics or MTH 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
ECO 231W: Econometrics
Four economics electives
Two allied field courses
Calculus requirement
Upper-level writing requirement (two of the above courses must be taken for W credit)

*ECO 108 cannot be taken after 207

**Honors equivalent can be taken for ECO 207 and ECO 209

Suggested Course Schedule

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Requirements for a BA in Economics with Honors

Students seeking an enriched curriculum can pursue a BA with honors. The honors program requires additional coursework, as well as enrollment in "Honors" designated courses. Honors graduates will also write a research paper in Senior Seminar.

ECO 108: Principles of Economics*
ECO 207H: Intermediate Microeconomics (Honors)
ECO 208: Topics in Microeconomic Theory
ECO 209H: Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 230: Economic Statistics or STT 213: Elements of Probability and Math Statistics or MTH 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
ECO 231W: Econometrics
ECO 389W: Senior Seminar
Three economics electives
Two allied field courses
Calculus requirement
Upper-level writing requirement (two of the above courses must be taken for W credit)

*ECO 108 cannot be taken after 207

An average grade in ECO 207H, 208, 209H, 389W must be at least 3.3. An average grade in all ECO courses taken must be at least 3.0.

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Requirements for a BA in Financial Economics

ECO 108: Principles of Economics*
ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics**
ECO 209: Intermediate Macroeconomics**
ECO 230: Economic Statistics or STT 213: Elements of Probability and Math Statistics or MTH 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
ECO 231W: Econometrics
FIN 205 : Financial Management
MTH 210: Introduction to Financial Mathematics***
FIN 206 : Investments
ACC 201: Financial Accounting
ACC 221: Managerial Accounting
Three economics electives (one must be from the following: ECO 211, ECO 217, ECO 232, ECO 233, ECO 263, ECO 268, ECO 270, ECO 274)
Calculus requirement
Upper-level writing requirement (two of the above courses must be taken for W credit).

*ECO 108 cannot be taken after 207

**Honors equivalent can be taken for ECO 207 and ECO 209

***Honors equivalent can be taken for MTH 210, and MTH 210 or MTH 210H must be taken prior to FIN 206

FIN 204 cannot be used for the completion of this degree.

Suggested Course Schedule

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Requirements for a BA in Financial Economics with Honors

ECO 108: Principles of Economics*
ECO 207H: Intermediate Microeconomics (Honors)
ECO 208: Topics in Microeconomic Theory
ECO 209H: Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 230: Economic Statistics or STT 213: Elements of Probability and Math Statistics or MTH 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
ECO 231W: Econometrics
ECO 389W: Senior Seminar
FIN 205 : Financial Management
MTH 210: Introduction to Financial Mathematics**
FIN 206 : Investments
ACC 201: Financial Accounting
ACC 221: Managerial Accounting
Two economics electives (one must be from the following: ECO 211, ECO 217, ECO 232, ECO 233, ECO 263, ECO 268, ECO 270, ECO 274)
Calculus requirement
Upper-level writing requirement (two of the above courses must be taken for W credit)

*ECO 108 cannot be taken after 207

**Honors equivalent can be taken for MTH 210, and MTH 210 or MTH 210H must be taken prior to FIN 206

An average grade in ECO 207H, 208, 209H, 389W must be at least 3.3. An average grade in all ECO courses taken must be at least 3.0.

Suggested Course Schedule

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General Requirements

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Calculus Requirement

Students are required to complete one of the following calculus sequences:

Students should fulfill their math requirement as early as possible.

Students considering graduate work in economics should plan additional training.

Students can substitute transfer courses if the Department of Mathematics determines that the transfer course is comparable to UR calculus offerings.

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Elective Economics Courses

Most economic courses will meet this requirement. Please read through the exceptions and guidelines below to learn more:

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Allied Field Courses

Students are required to complete two 200-level (or above) courses in the same allied field. Courses that can be counted as ECO electives may not be used as allied field courses.

Acceptable Allied Fields:

Students may use two courses from different allied fields that have a coherent connection to each other and to the study of economics. Students must petition the department for approval of the courses.

*Statistics courses that are required for economics concentration, or that overlap with ECO 231, do not count toward the allied-field requirement.

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Upper Level Writing Requirement

Students must complete two "W" courses offered by the Department of Economics. Normally, one of these will be ECO 231W. Independent study and internship courses can be taken for W credit with permission of the instructor.

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Graduate Courses

Well prepared students are encouraged to take graduate courses offered by the Department of Economics. These courses require permission of the instructor and each course counts as one course toward the concentration.

Students considering graduate training in economics are encouraged to speak to a faculty adviser