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WSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences—Business Economics option trains students to become critical thinkers and excellent communicators with advanced data analysis skills, and to earn high salaries commensurate with these high-level skills. Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate and apply economic concepts and quantitative methods.
  • Think critically, integrate concepts, and evaluate results of economic analyses.
  • Clearly communicate results of economic analyses.


WSU’s online economics courses are taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach on the physical campus. Both faculty and students create leading-edge research, and the economics program has a long tradition of excellence in applied econometric modeling. Here’s the full faculty list.


WSU graduates have built careers as economists, statisticians, data analysts, advisors, revenue agents, and loan officers, as well as in advanced government positions. The bachelor’s degree is also excellent preparation for earning a graduate degree in economics, getting an MBA, or going to law school.

Potential salaries for those majoring in economics are among the highest of any field.

  • Median starting salary: $49,514
  • Median overall salary: $91,860
  • Median top end salary: $155,490

Additional career and salary information is available at the American Economic Association website and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook website.


Washington State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. More information on accreditation here.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

Besides receiving an exceptional education, students enrolled in WSU Global Campus are also invited to events coordinated by the online student government and the Global Connections program. These include face-to-face gatherings, online career fairs, live-stream cultural performances, keynote addresses and other events.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must 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.

  • Economic CORE Courses:
    (25 credits)
    • ECONS 101 - Fundamentals of Microeconomics
    • ECONS 102 - Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
    • ECONS 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics
    • ECONS 302 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECONS 311 - Introductory Econometrics [M]
    • ECONS 490 - Economics Capstone [M][CAPS]
    • ECONS 497 - Internship
      ECONS 499 - Special Problems
      ECONS 483 - Study Abroad
  • Non-Economic Sciences Courses:
    • COM 102 - Public Speaking in the Digital Age
      COM 210 - Multimedia Content Creation
      H_D 205 - Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
    • ENGLISH 402 - Technical and Professional Writing [M] [WRTG]
    • MATH 201 - Mathematics for Business and Economics
      MATH 220 - Introductory Linear Algebra
      MATH 106 - College Algebra
    • MATH 202 - Calculus for Business and Economics [QUAN]
      MATH 171 - Calculus I [QUAN]
    • STAT 212 - Introduction to Statistical Methods
      MGTOP 215 - Business Statistics (MIS 250 - Managing Information Technology co-req)
  • Business Economic Sciences Option Courses:
    (21 credits)
    • ACCTG 230 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • ECONS 320 - Money and Banking
    • ECONS 323 - Labor Economics
    • ECONS 335 - Business Finance Economics [QUAN]
    • ECONS 352 - Business Management Economics
    • ECONS 452 - Advanced Business Management Economics [M]
    • ECONS 425 - Industrial Organization
  • Concentration areas (choose one):
    • Commodity Marketing (9 credits)
      • ECONS 351 - Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets
      • ECONS 451 - Advanced Food Economics and Marketing
      • ECONS 426 - Transportation Economics
    • Management (9 credits)
      • MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization
      • Upper Division Management Course
      • Upper Division Management Course
  • Economic Sciences Electives :
    (12 credits)
    • Four upper division ECONS courses

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

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