Bachelor of Arts: Economics Major

Course Requirements for a Major in Economicsa

Major in Economics

ECON 101 and 102, MATH 154 and 156 or equivalent, STAT 161 or equivalent, ECON 281, 282, 299, 384, 385, 399, plus a minimum of ★12 in ECON options at the senior level, of which at least ★6 must be at the 400-level. A maximum of ★48 can be taken in ECON courses at the senior level.

Please remember that you are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of your program and registration.

Requirements and Suggested Course Sequence for a Major in Economics
First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
ECON 101 ECON 281 ECON 384 ECON 4XX
ECON 102 ECON 282 ECON 385 ECON 4XX
MATH 154bc ECON 299 ECON 399 ECON XXX
MATH 156bc ECON XXX
STAT 161b
★15 Additional Creditsd ★21 Additional Credits ★21 Additional Credits ★18 Additional Credits

a. These requirements pertain only to the major in Economics. Students registered in a Bachelor of Arts degree program must also fulfill the general requirements set out in the Calendar of the year of entry or re-entry. Complete regulations can be found in the University Calendar.

b. Or equivalent.

c. Our MATH course requirements and prerequisites have changed. Please refer to the document below to find out how these changes affect you.

d. The 'Additional Credits' refer either to the BA Common Requirements, credits to be taken as part of the minor (if a minor is declared), or options.

MATH 154/156 Course Changes for Economics

ECON 109 Requirement

ECON 109 - Basic Writing in Economics I is a prerequisite for all ECON courses at the 300- and 400-level. ECON 109 will be waived as a prerequisite upon completion of the Assessment of Reading, Comprehension, and Writing in Economics. Students should complete ECON 109 earlier rather than later in their programs, as part of their first ★60. See Courses: ECON 109 for detailed information.

Questions?

For questions concerning the general requirements of your degree, contact Arts Undergraduate Student Services, located in 1-17 Humanities Centre or email: arts.undergrad@ualberta.ca

For questions concerning Economics requirements, or for registration issues (Economics courses only), please contact the Undergraduate Advisor

GPA Requirements for a Major in Economics

Promotion from year to year in the Economics major requires a GPA of at least 2.3 on a minimum of ★9 on the most recent assessment of academic standing.


Graduation with a Major in Economics requires a graduation average of at least 2.3 with an average of at least 2.3 in all senior-level Economics courses.

 

Ineligible to Continue in Major in Economics

Current majors who do not meet the promotion requirements will be notified that they are not eligible to continue in the Economics major, and their major will be changed to "Undeclared." Students should prepare to complete an alternate major.

Students who are ineligible to continue in the Economics major are required to complete a subsequent Fall and Winter (two-term) session and achieve a GPA of 2.3 on at least ★9 to be eligible to reapply to the major. Students will not be re-admitted on the basis of Fall term grades alone.

Students who are ineligible to continue in the major and have registered in courses restricted to Economics majors during March registration will be dropped from these courses. Students will not be dropped from any other courses, or from non-restricted Economics courses. Students are welcome to re-enroll in restricted courses after June 29.

Students who have been Required to Withdraw from the Faculty of Arts must present an AGPA of 2.3 to be readmitted to Economics.

Economics GPA Information Sheet

 

Applying to the Major in Economics

Current BA students in the Faculty of Arts can apply to the Economics major using the link below. All other students should visit the University of Alberta Admissions site to begin a new application for admission and to check application deadlines.

For current BA students, a GPA of 2.3 on at least ★9 in the most recent Fall/Winter (two-term) session is required for admission to the Economics major. Students are not considered on the basis of Fall term grades alone. For students applying from other faculties or institutions, an AGPA of 2.3 is required.

  • Update Winter 2020: Due to the decision for Winter 2020 courses to be graded on a CR/NC basis, these courses will not be included in calculations to determine admission to the major. Here is how current BA students will be assessed for admission to the Economics major:
    • Students with a GPA of 2.3 or higher in Fall 2019 will be admitted to the major
    • Students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.3 in Fall 2019 will be admitted to the major if they meet one of the following conditions:
      • Their GPA in the 2018-19 academic year is 2.3 or higher; or
      • Their Economics GPA (calculated on all graded Economics courses taken at U of A) is 2.3 or higher
    • Students with a GPA below 2.0 in Fall 2019 will not be admitted to the major; students can apply to the major if they present a GPA of 2.3 or higher in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The above practice will remain in effect until April 2021. Once Winter 2021 grades are available, we will revert to our standard practices.
The Department of Economics will review applications, and advise students of the admission decision to their University email address, within approximately 10 working days of application submission.

Deadlines:

Certain courses in Economics are restricted to Economics majors until late June. To enroll in these courses during advance registration in March, current BA students must apply by February 28, provided they are eligible, to ensure the major is declared in time for their Enrollment Date. We do not grant early registration to non-majors in restricted courses; students will have access to them once they are declared as an major, or when open registration begins, whichever comes first.

Apply to the Major in Economics

Restricted Courses

The following courses are restricted to Economics Majors until late June: ECON 299, 384, 385, 386, 399, and all 400-level courses.

All other students, including students ineligible to continue in the Economics major, may register after this date, providing they have the necessary prerequisites and the classes are not full. Please refer to Subject Notes in Bear Tracks for the exact date of open registration.

For questions concerning the Major in Economics, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor

Combining Economics with Math or Statistics in the BA degree

Economics majors may also choose to do a double major in Math, or select a minor in either Math or Statistics. The requirements are below:

Math Major (Arts)

Students must have a minimum of ★30 to a maximum of ★48 of senior-level Mathematics courses including ★6 at the 400-level.

The following courses are recommended for a Mathematics major: MATH 154, 156, 125, 214, 215 and 228 in order to meet prerequisite requirements for a broad range of 300- and 400-level courses.

Math Minor (Arts)

Students must have a minimum of ★12 to a maximum of ★42 of senior-level Mathematics courses including ★6 at the 300- or 400-level.

The following courses are recommended for a Mathematics minor: MATH 154, 156, 125, 214, 215, 225 and 228 in order to meet prerequisite requirements for a broad range of 300- and 400-level courses.

Statistics Minor (Arts)

Statistics cannot be taken as a major in the BA degree.

Statistics may be taken as a minor in the BA. A minor in Statistics requires a minimum of ★12 to a maximum of ★42 at the senior level and must include at least ★6 at the 300- or 400-level. Extensive MATH prerequisites are required for senior level STAT courses in addition to STAT 151. Students should review prerequisites for all STAT courses as early as possible in the program.