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Application Deadline

  • Spring: December 8
  • Summer: April 12 (early sessions)
  • Fall: July 19

Class Begins

  • Spring: January 8, 2024
  • Summer: May 6, 2024 (early sessions)
  • Fall: August 19, 2024

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science
in Economic Sciences

WSU College

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Knowledge Supplied. On Demand.

In today’s fast-paced world, markets and economies on the global, national and local level are changing more quickly than ever before. As a result, there is an increased demand for highly-educated professionals who understand the intricacies and real-world implications of complex economic and financial systems. 

Why Major in Economics?

Those who study economics use rigorous methods of analysis to measure the economic impact factors like resource availability, scarcity, government policy, social institutions, and individual decision making by consumers and businesses. This fascinating field of study advances our understanding of how complex economic systems function, increasing the ability to improve economic outcomes on both a small and massive scale. It can provide deep explanations for impactful social phenomena, making economics a very rewarding field to study.

Find out more from an Economics Outstanding Senior!

What You’ll Learn

WSU’s economics program, offered completely online, trains students to become critical thinkers and excellent communicators with advanced data analysis skills, preparing them to earn high salaries commensurate with these high-level skills. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to evaluate and apply economic concepts and quantitative methods, think critically, integrate concepts, and evaluate and clearly communicate the results of economic analyses. Economics students can go on to careers as economists, statisticians, data analysts, advisors, revenue agents, loan officers, and in government service. A bachelor’s degree in economics is also excellent preparation for earning a graduate degree in economics, getting an MBA, or going to law school.

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WSU Online Economics Degree Strengths

  • Learn about economic systems in a rigorous, flexible study of basic problem solving and data analytical methods.
  • Make valuable career connections through WSU’s active network of faculty, alumni, and business professionals.
  • Learn from acclaimed College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences faculty members who are active researchers and are frequently cited by broadcast and print media for their expertise.

Program of Study

All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

To certify in the Economics Sciences major students must have 24 credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must also complete the Economic Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

25 credits

  • ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • ECONS 305 – Intermediate Microeconomics without Calculus
    ECONS 301 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory with Calculus
  • ECONS 302 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECONS 311 [M] – Introductory Econometrics
  • ECONS 490 [CAPS] [M] – Economics Capstone
  • ECONS 495 – Instructional Practicum
    ECONS 497 – Economics Internship
    ECONS 499 – Special Problems
    ECONS 483 – Special Topics: Study Abroad (not available online)

  • COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
    COM 210 [COMM] – Multimedia Content Creation
    H_D 205 – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
  • ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing
    ENGLISH 301 [WRTG] – Writing and Rhetorical Conventions
  • MATH 201 – Mathematics for Business and Economics
    MATH 220 – Introductory Linear Algebra
    MATH 106 – College Algebra
  • MATH 202 [QUAN] – Calculus for Business and Economics
    MATH 171 [QUAN] – Calculus I
  • STAT 212 [QUAN] – Introduction to Statistical Methods
    MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics (MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology co-req)

21 credits

  • ACCTG 230 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECONS 320 – Money and Banking
  • ECONS 323 – Labor Economics
  • ECONS 335 [QUAN] – Business Finance Economics
  • ECONS 352 – Business Management Economics
  • ECONS 452 [M] – Advanced Business Management Economics
  • ECONS 425 – Industrial Organization

Choose one

  • Agribusiness (9 credits)
    • ECONS 351 – Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets
    • ECONS 451 – Advanced Food Economics and Marketing
    • ECONS 426 – Transportation Economics and Supply Chain Analysis
  • Management (9 credits)
    • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization
    • Upper Division Management Course
    • Upper Division Management Course
  • Marketing and Analytics (9 credits)
    • MKTG 360 – Marketing
    • Upper Division Marketing Course
    • Upper Division Marketing Course
  • Supply Chain Management (9 credits)
    • ECONS 426 – Transportation Economics and Supply Chain Analysis
    • MGTOP 340 – Operations Management
    • MGTOP 452 – Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age

12 credits

  • Four upper division ECONS courses

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.

Related Certificate

Global Campus offers this related undergraduate certificate program that you can consider pairing with your Economic Sciences degree.