Economics, B.S.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Grades of C (2.0) or better in each ECO course used to meet major requirements, including ECO courses in the Bryan Pre-Admission Courses and Common Business Core. 
  • At least 50 percent of the business semester hours required for the degree must be earned at UNC Greensboro

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)

Major Requirements

Bryan School Pre-Admission Courses 

Students should plan to complete the pre-admission courses by the end of the sophomore year, or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Courses used to meet Bryan School Pre-Admission and Bryan School Common Business Core requirements cannot be used to fulfill major or concentration requirements in the following majors: ACCT, BADM, ECOS, ENTR, FINC, INTB, ISSC, HTMT, or MKTG.

See the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics for more information.

Blueprint for Personal Development
and Blueprint for Professional Development
Blueprint for Personal and Professional Development
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economic and Business Statistics I
Foundations for Analytics using Spreadsheets
Information Systems for Decision Making
Select one of the following:
Exploring Writing in College Contexts
Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse: Written Communication
College Writing I
Completion of one of the following: *
Calculus with Business Applications
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus A
Calculus B

Or a grade of C or better in any one of the following courses: MAT 115, MAT 118, MAT 150, MAT 151, or MAT 190

Bryan School Common Business Core

Global and Cultural Development
Leadership Development
Introduction to Communication Studies
Calculus with Business Applications
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus A
Calculus B
The International Economy
Business Finance I
Introduction to International Business
Organizational Behavior
The Legal Environment of Business
Business Policy and Strategy *
Business Communication & Innovation
Principles of Marketing
Ethical Issues in Business
Ethical Issues in Entrepreneurship
Operations Management
Global Sustainability Elective
One chosen from the list below: **
Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
Entrepreneurship in a Sustainable Global Environment
Global Crossings: Topics in Images, Media, and Texts
Global Green: Cultures of Production and/or Consumption
Introduction to Sustainable Development

Hospitality and Tourism Management majors are exempt from the MGT 491 requirement; a similar course, HTM 491, is taken within the major requirements.


Or other approved Global Sustainability elective.

Economics Courses (15 credit hours)

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Economic and Business Statistics II
Statistical Methods
Seminar in Economics
Select 3 credits of Economics Electives Courses at the 300 level


Electives sufficient to complete 120 total credit hours required for degree.


A Plan of Study for the Economics B.S. degree should be developed in consultation with a Bryan Undergraduate Student Services Advisor ( It is strongly encouraged for students to meet with an advisor at least once per academic term. Economics faculty are also available to discuss ECO course sequencing, elective decisions, preparation for economics graduate programs, or career discussions. Students may contract the Department of Economics by telephone at 336-256-1010 or email to make arrangements to speak with a department faculty member.  

The Economics major requires the application of Calculus in upper-level economics courses (e.g. ECO 301 ). Students should plan to complete a minimum level of MAT 120 or MAT 191 course work by the end of their junior year in order to meet the prerequisites of the program's core curriculum. For this reason, it is highly recommended to begin mathematics courses early in your academic career and to continue to build on this quantitative skill set. Introductory-level economics courses may be taken as early as the first semester.

Program Required Economics Course Work

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economic and Business Statistics I (prereq MAT 115 or higher)
The International Economy
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (prereq ECO 201; MAT 120 or MAT 191)
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (prereq ECO 202)
Economic and Business Statistics II
Statistical Methods
Seminar in Economics (capstone course, prereq: ECO 301; ECO 302; ECO 350 OR STA 301 )
Select an additional 3 credits of Economics electives at the 300 level

Graduate Program Preparation

Students planning to extend their studies to a graduate program (such as the Masters in Applied Economics offered at UNC Greensboro) should select economics elective course work to better prepare for graduate studies: ECO 319 and ECO 355 Econometrics.  Additional upper-level mathematics courses can be highly beneficial when preparing for graduate studies in economics.

Disciplinary Honors in Economics 


  • A minimum of 15 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Senior Honors Project
Select 6 credits of honors course work in the major6
Select 3 credits of honors course work in the major or another area3


Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Economics; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

For more information on Disciplinary Honors in Economics, students are encouraged to contact the department honors liaison, Jeremy Bray at 

To apply:

Note: Graduate course work completed for the Accelerated Master's Program and counted towards undergraduate degree requirements may also be counted towards Disciplinary Honors requirements. 

Application and Admission

Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) and the M.A. in Applied Economics program. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 credits earned at UNC Greensboro is required. 

Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits and may not apply for admission to the AMP before the first semester of the junior year. All applicants must submit the Accelerated Bachelor's to Graduate Degree Program Petition to the Graduate School and must simultaneously apply for admission to the M.A. in Applied Economics (form is located within the online application to the M.A. in Applied Economics program).


Admitted students may apply 12 credits of graduate-level course work toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degree, provided that they earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the course and fulfill graduate-level requirements. The graduate courses the student will take within the Accelerated Master's Program must be approved by the Graduate Program Director, must be specified on the Graduate Degree Program Petition, and must be chosen from among the following required courses in the M.A. in Applied Economics curriculum:

ECO 625Data Methods in Economics3
Select three courses (9 credits) from the following: 9
Applied Policy Methods
Introduction to Cost Effectiveness
Empirical Health Economics
Predictive Data Mining
Time Series and Forecasting
Economics Internship
Managerial Economics

Graduate courses counted for the Accelerated Master's Program should be selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. Please consult with an undergraduate adviser to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor's degree program. All degree requirements for the M.A. in Applied Economics remain the same.