Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  1. Completion of a minimum of nine units in the Department of Economics, to include
    1. 170, 284, 301, 302, and 411;
    2. Four electives at the 200-level or above, at least one of which must be 300-level or above. BUS 431 or BUS 432 may be counted as one of the four electives;
  2. MATH 160 or 260 (or an equivalent statistical methods course with approval of the Economics Department).
  3. MATH 170, 180, 181, or 280.

Bachelor of Science Degree

  1. Completion of a minimum of nine units in the Department of Economics, to include
    1. 170, 284, 301, 302, 391, and 411;
    2. Three electives at the 200-level or above, at least one of which must be 300-level or above. BUS 431 or BUS 432 may be counted as one of the three electives;
  2. MATH 160 or 260 (or an equivalent statistical methods course with approval of the Economics Department);
  3. Calculus through multivariate, MATH 280.

Requirements for the Minor

Completion of five units from the Economics Department to include

  1. ECON 170;
  2. Four 200-level or above electives, to include at least one course at 300-level or above.

Notes for Majors and Minors

  1. ECON 170, Contemporary Economics, includes both Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. Students who have received either transfer or AP credit for either Principles of Macroeconomics or for Principles of Microeconomics are expected to begin their economics studies with ECON 170, Contemporary Economics. Students affected by this policy, who prefer to begin their studies at a higher level, may petition the Economics Department.
  2. With prior approval from the Economics Department, one unit of ECON 495/496 may be counted toward the electives.
  3. Only courses for which the student has received a C or better can count for the major or minor.
  4. The Economics Department reserves the option of not applying courses more than 6 years old to a major or minor.
  5. Students who study abroad may apply two approved courses toward their Economics major.
  6. Performance on a standardized field exam in economics constitutes one component of the senior research seminar.
  7. Students contemplating graduate school in economics should take three semesters of calculus and linear algebra at a minimum and should include probability theory and differential equations if possible.
  8. Students should take at least one 200-level economics course before enrolling in ECON 301 or 302.