Which Course Should I Take First?

Students interested in majoring or minoring in Economics should start by enrolling in either EC 101: Principles of Microeconomics or EC 102: Principles of Macroeconomics.  It doesn't matter which course is taken first. While it is not common, students may take both EC 101 and EC 102 at the same time.

Students who have received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and/or Statistics may receive credit for those courses.

Note that EC 100: Introduction to Economics does not count towards the economics major or minor, and students who have completed EC 101 and/or EC 102 may not take EC 100 for credit. However, students who are unsure of whether or not they want to major or minor in economics may take EC 100 in order to gain a sense of the field of study. This course also satisfies a Liberal Education Requirement (Social Sciences). EC 100 does not have a math prerequisite, unlike EC 101 and EC 102. Students who have further questions are encouraged to contact any of the economics faculty members for more information and advice.

Math Prerequisite for Courses

In order to enroll in EC 101 or EC 102, students must satisfy the math prerequisite for those courses by either:

  • scoring an H Placement on the online math placement exam,
  • successfully completing MA 160 (Pre-Calculus)
  • enrolling in both MA 160 and EC 101/EC 102

For students taking EC 101 or EC 102 as requirements for the Business Management major or minor, there is an additional method by which those students may place out of the math requirement for EC 101 and EC 102:

  • successful completion of BUS 105 AND a grade of A- or better in EC 100

Economics majors and minors must satisfy the math requirement by completing MA 160 or by placing into MA 170 (Calculus 1) or above. Placing into MA 170 does not mean that students must take MA 170. It simply means that the student is eligible to take MA 170 given his or her performance on the math placement exam. 

Economics majors and minors must satisfy the math requirement before taking any 200-level economics electives; therefore, the student should aim to satisfy this requirement as soon as possible.

Additional Information

Those planning to major in economics are encouraged to complete EC 216 as soon as possible, because it provides the essential analytical skills used in most applied economics courses.

Students should refer to the academic advising sheets found on the Program of Study pages for more information about required courses.  Students with additional questions should not hesitate to contact any member of the economics faculty for more information and advice.