Majors/Combined Majors Program Requirements

All Bachelor of Arts Majors in Economics or Combined Majors take a common sequence of courses after admission to the major, to prepare them for advanced electives and their capstone research seminar:

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 301)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 302)
  • Introduction to Empirical Econometric (ECON 325)
  • Methods of Empirical Research in Economics (ECON 326)

Following the completion of these courses, students will be allow to take their capstone course: Seminar in Applied Economics. Student will also take a variety of 300 and 400 level courses in both economics and in other fields, based on their own interests.

You can find an outline a typical BA in Figure 1; electives are noted in brackets, with ECON specific electives indicated with their year level (e.g. 4XX for a 400-level course).

Figure 1: A rough outline of a typical BA

Year 3 Year 4
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
ECON 301 ECON 302 (4) ECON 490
ECON 325 ECON 325 (5) (6)
ECON 3/4XX ECON 3/4XX ECON 4XX ECON 4XX
ECON 3/4XX (1) (7) (8)
(2) (3) (9) (10)
Following is a list of the Economic course requirements in order to get a BA with a major in Economics:
  • Principles of Economics (101 and 102 or equivalent) – 6 credits
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (301) – 3 credits
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (302) – 3 credits
  • Empirical Economics: Introduction (325) – 3 credits
  • Empirical Economics: Methods (326) – 3 credits
  • Applied Economics (490) – 3 credits
  • Additional Economic courses at the 4xx level – 6 credits
  • Total Economics3xx and 4xx credits required – 30
  • Total Economics credits required- 42

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.

ECON 490: SEMINAR IN APPLIED ECONOMICS

A signature of the Vancouver School of Economics experience is participation in a senior capstone research course. All students, regardless of their major or degree who graduate from the VSE will take part in a research seminar. For BA students, this course is ECON 490: Seminar in Applied Economics.

You can find a list of all the current sections of ECON 490 and their topics on our ECON 490 Course Descriptions page.

COMBINED MAJORS REQUIREMENTS

The VSE offers four combined majors programs. To see the economics requirements for each of them, please click on each program title below. Please check the UBC Calendar for the specific program requirements from other departments.

ECONOMICS REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Principles of Economics(101 and 102 or equivalent)

6

Economics 2xx or 3xx

6

Intermediate Microeconomics (301)

3

Intermediate Macroeconomics (302)

3

Empirical Economics: Introduction (325)

3

Empirical Economics: Methods (326)

3

Applied Economics (490)

3

Additional Economics 3xx or 4xx

3

Total Economics credits required

30

Total Economics 3xx and 4xx credits required

18

ECONOMICS REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Principles of Economics(101 and 102 or equivalent)

6

Economics 2xx or 3xx

6

Intermediate Microeconomics (301)

3

Intermediate Macroeconomics (302)

3

Empirical Economics: Introduction (325)

3

Empirical Economics: Methods (326)

3

Applied Economics (490)

3

Additional Economics 3xx or 4xx

3

Total Economics credits required

30

Total Economics 3xx and 4xx credits required

18

ECONOMICS REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Principles of Economics(101 and 102 or equivalent)N1

6

Intermediate Microeconomics (301)

3

Intermediate Macroeconomics (302)

3

Empirical Economics: Introduction (325)N2

3

Empirical Economics: Methods (326)

3

Applied Economics (490)

3

Additional Economics 2xx or 3xx or 4xxN3

6

Additional Economics 3xx or 4xx or 5xxN3

3

Total Economics credits required

30

N1 A student may take ECON 303 and 3 additional credits of ECON at the 3xx level or above instead of ECON 101 and 102.
N2 STAT 200 can substitute for ECON 325. If STAT 200 is selected an additional ECON elective at the 3xx or 4xx level is required to ensure that the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.
N3 ECON 320 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

ECONOMICS REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Principles of Economics(101 and 102 or equivalent)N1

6

Intermediate Microeconomics (301 or 304)

3

Intermediate Macroeconomics (302 or 305)

3

Intermediate Microeconomics II (303 or 306)

3

Empirical Economics: Introduction (325)N2

3

Empirical Economics: Methods (326)N3

3

Econometrics (425)

3

Applied Economics (490)

3

Additional Economics 3xx or 4xx

3

Total Economics credits requiredN2, N3

30

N1 A student may take ECON 307 and 3 additional credits of ECON at the 3xx or 4xx level instead of ECON 101 and 102.
N2 STAT 200 can substitute for ECON 325. If STAT 200 is selected an additional ECON elective at the 3xx or 4xx level is required to ensure that the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.
N3 STAT 306 can substitute for ECON 326. If STAT 306 is selected an additional ECON elective at the 3xx or 4xx level is required to ensure that the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.

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.