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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The Vancouver School of Economics offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Bachelor of International Economics, and Bachelor of Arts. The School also collaborates with Canadian Studies, International Relations, Mathematics, Modern European Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Statistics, Urban Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Commerce and Business Administration.

For information on the Bachelor of International Economics, see the Vancouver School of Economics. For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Economics.

Admission to Major/Combined Major/Honours Programs

Admission to the Major or a Combined Major or the Honours program in Economics requires a student to have completed at least 54 credits.

Admission to the Major or a Combined Major or the Honours program in Economics is not automatic. To be admitted, a student must submit a formal application. Because there are a limited number of places, some students who satisfy the minimum prerequisites may not be admitted.

Selection for admission is based on the average standing in all credits of post-secondary coursework attempted, with the exception of 12 credits that may be excluded from the calculation. The average is calculated on at least 54 credits, and must include (i) 6 credits of Principles of Economics; (ii) 6 credits of first-year calculus, equivalent to MATH 104 and MATH 105; (iii) 3 credits that satisfy the Writing Component of the Bacheor of Arts Writing and Research Requirement (WRDS 150, ASTU 150, CAP, Arts One, ENGL 100 or an approved equivalent); (iv) 6 credits of second- or third-year level courses in economics. Courses required under (i) – (iv) cannot be taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis. Students are not admitted to the final 30 credits of a Major or a Combined Major Program.

Students with 75 credits or more may not apply to the Major or Combined Major Program unless they have already declared another major.

Students who are considering a Major, Combined Major, or Honours program in Economics are encouraged to seek advice on their program from school advisors upon completion of their first 54 credits (or, if possible, on completion of their first 30 credits).

Application

A written application for admission to the Major or Honours program should be received by May 20, prior to registering for the final 60 credits, to ensure that the student will be considered for admission. Application forms are available from Economics.

The application form must be accompanied by a copy of the student's permanent record from UBC and official transcripts of the student's record from all other post-secondary educational institutions attended.

Major in Economics

To be admitted to the Major program, a student must have obtained a minimum of 54 credits applicable to the Bachelor of Arts, including (i) 6 credits of Principles of Economics; (ii) 6 credits of first-year calculus, equivalent to MATH 104 and MATH 105; (iii) 3 credits that satisfy the writing component of the Bachelor of Arts Writing and Research Requirement (WRDS 150, ASTU 150, CAP, Arts One, ENGL 100 or an approved equivalent); (iv) 6 credits of second- or third-year level courses in economics. Courses taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis cannot be used to satisfy any of these requirements.

Economics courses that do not have 6 credits of principles of economics as a prerequisite, or for which unassigned transfer credit may have been granted, may not be included in the 42 credits required for the Economics Majors.

In addition to the above prerequisites and Faculty requirements the program must include:

  • ECON 301 (or 304) and 302 (or 305)
  • ECON 325 and 326
  • ECON 490
  • 6 additional credits of economics at the 400-level
  • at least 9 additional credits in ECON at the 3XX or 4XX-level, bringing the total number of credits completed in Economics to 42, of which at least 30 credits are in 3XX and 4XX-level economics courses

Note: Students who are exempt from specific required courses (e.g. Econ 301, Econ 325, Econ 326) because they have received credit for non-Econ courses on the credit-exclusion list must take additional Econ 3XX or 4XX level credits so that they satisfy the Majors requirement of 42 ECON credits, with at least 30 ECON credits at or above the 3XX level.

Students should note the prerequisites for senior courses and plan their programs accordingly. Particular attention should be paid to the prerequisites for ECON 490: ECON 325 and 326 (or their equivalent) must be successfully completed before enrolling in ECON 490. ECON 490 is restricted to Economics Majors and Combined Majors in Economics, in their final academic session.

For guidance on the course selections that enable students to emphasize different interests within Economics (e.g., international, development and history, environment, public policy, etc.), see the School. Students with over 80% average in their first-year economics and mathematics courses are strongly advised to apply for the Honours Program.

Graduate School Track

Graduate studies in Economics require a strong background in economic theory, econometrics, and mathematics. Therefore, students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Economics are strongly advised to take ECON 303 or ECON 306, ECON 307, ECON 421, ECON 425, MATH 200, and MATH 221.

Combined Major in Economics and Political Science

Admission to the program is subject to the admission restrictions and application process that pertain currently to the Majors in Economics and Political Science. In addition to degree requirements, the program has Economics and Political Science requirements.

Economics Requirements

Students take an 18-credit core, plus ECON 490 and 9 credits of electives in Economics of which at least 3 credits must be at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of ECON 101, 102, 301 (or 304), 302 (or 305), 325, and 326.

Political Science Requirements

Students take a 15-credit core plus 15 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 15-credit core consists of POLI 100, 101, 240, and 350 (or 352), plus 3 credits chosen from POLI 220 or 260.

Combined Major in Economics and Philosophy

Admission to the program is subject to the admission restrictions and application process that pertain currently to the Major in Economics. In addition to degree requirements, the program has Economics and Philosophy requirements.

Economics Requirements

Students take an 18-credit core, plus ECON 490 and 9 credits of electives in Economics of which at least 3 credits must be at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of ECON 101, 102, 301 (or 304), 302 (or 305), 325, and 326. Students are strongly advised to take ECON 318 and ECON 319.

Philosophy Requirements

Students take an 18-credit core plus 12 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of PHIL 220, 230, 240, 330, and 340 plus 3 credits of history of philosophy from PHIL 310, 311, 314, or 315.

B.A. Combined Major in Economics and Mathematics

Admission to the program is subject to the admission restrictions and application processes that pertain currently to the Major in Economics. For the B.Sc. Combined Major in Mathematics and Economics, see the listing under the Faculty of Science.

First and Second Years

In addition to degree requirements, students take the following courses:

  • ECON 101 and 1021
  • 6 credits of ECON at the second- or third-year level, with the exception of ECON 320
  • MATH 104 (or 100 or 102 or 110 or 180 or 184 or 120)
  • MATH 105 (or 101 or 103 or 121)
  • MATH 200 (or 226), 215, 2202, 221 (or 223)

1 Students may take ECON 303 and 3 additional credits of economics at the 300-level or above, instead of ECON 101 and 102.

2Students obtaining 68% or higher in MATH 226 are not required to take MATH 220.

Third and Fourth Years

In addition to degree requirements, students take the following courses:

  • ECON 301, 302, 3253, 326, 490
  • 3 additional credits of economics numbered 300 or higher, with the exception of ECON 320
  • 18 credits of mathematics numbered 300 or higher: suitable electives include MATH 302, 303, 3204, 321, 402, 403, 418, 419, and 443

3 STAT 200 can substitute for ECON 325. If STAT 200 is selected, an additional economics elective numbered 312 or higher (excluding ECON 320) must be taken to ensure the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.

4MATH 320 would be valuable for graduate study.

B.A. Combined Major in Economics and Statistics

Admission to the program is subject to the admission restrictions and application process that pertain currently to the Major in Economics. For the B.Sc., see the B.Sc. Combined Major in Statistics and Economics.

Lower-level Requirements
ECON 101, 102
MATH 104 (or one of 100, 102, 110, 120, 180, 184)
MATH 105 ( or one of 101, 103, 121)
MATH 200 or 226
MATH 220
MATH 221 or 223
CPSC 110
CPSC 210 or MATH 210
Upper-level Requirements
ECON 301 or 304
ECON 302 or 305
ECON 303 or 306
ECON 325 or STAT 2001
ECON 326 or STAT 3062
ECON 425, 490
3 additional credits of ECON numbered 300 or higher
MATH 303 or 307
STAT 302, 305
STAT 404 or 443
3 additional credits of statistics STAT courses numbered 300 or higher
1 If STAT 200 is selected, an additional ECON elective numbered 300 or higher must be taken at some point in the program, to ensure the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.
2 If STAT 306 is selected, an additional ECON elective numbered 300 or higher must be taken at some point in the program, to ensure the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.

Honours in Economics

To be admitted to the Honours program, a student must have obtained a minimum of 54 credits applicable to the Bachelor of Arts, with a minimum of 75% or better on all credits attempted, and must have obtained (i) 6 credits of Principles of Economics; (ii) 6 credits of first-year calculus, equivalent to MATH 104 and MATH 105; (iii) 3 credits that satisfy the writing component of the Faculty of Arts Writing and Research Requirement (ASTU 150, CAP, Arts One, English 100 or an approved equivalent); (iv) 6 credits of second- or third-year-level courses in economics. The student should have at least a 75% average in the best 12 credits of economics courses. Courses taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis cannot be used to satisfy any of these requirements.

Students considering an Honours program in Economics should consult the School's Honours advisor on completion of their first 54 credits (or, if possible, on completion of their first 30 credits).

In addition to the prerequisites the program must include:

  • ECON 325 and 326
  • ECON 304 and 305
  • ECON 306 and 307 with at least a 68% average
  • another 12 credits in economics courses at the 400-level
  • another 9 credits in economics courses at the 300- or 400-level
  • ECON 495 and 499

Graduate studies in economics require a strong background in economic theory, econometrics, and mathematics. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in economics are strongly advised to take ECON 421, ECON 425, MATH 200, and MATH 221.

To proceed to the final 30 credits of the Honours program, a student must have attained at least a 68% average in all courses taken in economics.

Minor in Economics

Students who are enrolled in a major program other than Economics, and who obtain at least 30 credits and no more than 42 credits in economics, with at least 18 of these credits in courses numbered 300 or above, qualify to graduate with a Minor in Economics.

No Principles of Economics courses (ECON 310, 311, or equivalent) can be included in the requirement of 18 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Economics courses that (i) do not have 6 credits of Principles of Economics as a prerequisite, or (ii)have been granted unassigned transfer credit, or (iii) have been taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis, may not be included in the 30 credits required for a Minor in Economics.

Courses for Students not Specializing in Economics

ECON 310 and ECON 311 are designed for upper-year students who want a survey course in economics but who do not want to specialize in the field.

Non-specialists should also note that most 300-level courses have as prerequisites no more than 6 credits of principles of economics.

Please see the undergraduate timetable, available from the School, for updated information on courses to be offered each session.

Page last updated: May 29, 2017

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