Bachelor of Science in Economics

Gain a more quantitative preparation in economics for the future.

Two students study economics together.

About this Program

The Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.S. in Economics. Students gain a broad understanding of the field of economics as well as skills in statistics, mathematics, research methodology, and communication. 

Economics majors can choose from two optional emphases:

  • Financial Economics
  • Law and Economics

B.S. vs. B.A.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Economics requires additional coursework in mathematics and statistics, as well as more quantitative economics classes. It is a more quantitative degree that is more suitable for those preparing for graduate study and/or employment in the rapidly growing technical sector of the U.S. economy.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Economics gives a social science perspective on the questions of economics. This degree prepares students for many positions in business and government. It is more flexible to allow for combining the study of economics with other areas, and includes a requirement for a minor field of study.

The Value of an Economics Degree

The economics majors helps develop analytical skills, a strong quantitative background, as well as clarity and precision of expression. Knowledge of the operations of complex economic systems and their institutions provides skills applicable to a wide variety of careers.  

Related careers to economics include:

  • actuary
  • policy planner
  • lawyer
  • stockbroker
  • bank examiner
  • labor relations specialist
  • venture capitalist
  • cost analyst
  • market research analyst
  • development officer
  • controller
  • financial planner
  • marketing manager
  • chief financial officer
  • insurance analyst

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study

    Social Sciences, Law, and Policy


    4 Years


    B.S. in Economics

    Program Location



    Financial Economics;
    Law and Economics

    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the economics major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.S. in Economics complete 42 credit hours of economics courses and 9 credit hours of mathematics courses.

    • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
    • Econ 203: Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Econ 398: Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Econ 399: Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • Econ 402: Econometrics
    • Econ 403: Mathematical Economics

    9 credit hours of mathematics courses:

    • Math 261: Calculus I
    • Math 262: Calculus II
    • Math 375: Intro to Statistical Methods

    24 credit hours with at least 6 credit hours at the 500 level:

    • Econ 201: Prin of Economics I
    • Econ 205: Sur-Economic Prin
    • Econ 301: Economic Stat I
    • Econ 302: Economic Statistics II
    • Econ 303: Money and Banking
    • Econ 305: Current Economic Topics
    • Econ 307: Applied Price Theory 
    • Econ 308: Operations Research
    • Econ 310: Engineering Economy
    • Econ 312: Law and Economics
    • Econ 320: Current Global Economic Issue
    • Econ 324: Experimental Economics
    • Econ 389: Internship
    • Econ 401: Government and Business
    • Econ 402: Econometrics
    • Econ 403: Mathematical Economics
    • Econ 406: Natural Resource Economics
    • Econ 407: Managerial Economics
    • Econ 408: Urban Economics
    • Econ 410: Financial Economics
    • Econ 417: Labor Economics
    • Econ 418: Sports Economics
    • Econ 422: Economic Growth and Development
    • Econ 425: American Financial History
    • Econ 453: An Economic History of the South
    • Econ 491: Directed Research in Economics
    • Econ 490: Directed Readings in Economics
    • Econ 502: Comp Econ Systems
    • Econ 504: Economic Issues in American History
    • Econ 505: Public Finance
    • Econ 506: Public Finance Administration
    • Econ 509: Econ Fluctuations
    • Econ 510: International Trade & Commercial Policy
    • Econ 513: History of Economic Thought
    • Econ 515: Meth-Statistical Analysis
    • Econ 520: Special Topics in Economics
    • Econ 522: Econ Growth/Develop
    • Econ 523: Manpower Plng/Eval
    • Econ 525: Economics of High-Tech Industries
    • Econ 540: Seminar in Economics
    • Econ 545: Game Theory and Strategic Thinking
    • Econ 554: Agribusiness
    • Econ 581: Collective Bargaining
    • Econ 582: Labor Relations
    • Econ 583: Labor Relations
    • Econ 584: Collective Bargaining
    • Inst 371: International Trade and Globalization
    • Bus 302: Business Statistics II

    The financial economics emphasis provides students a well-rounded background in monetary and financial institutions as well as the various different types of financial instruments that populate modern financial markets.  

    To fulfill the financial economics emphasis, students must complete:  

    • Econ 303: Money and Banking
    • Econ 410: Financial Economics
    • Econ 411: Asset Pricing
    • Econ 412: Financial Econometrics
    • Econ 425: American Financial History

    The law and economics emphasis provides a well-rounded education at the intersection of economics and the law in preparation for law school. Students learn to predict the effects of particular legal rules, to explain why particular legal rules exist, and to analyze whether particular legal rules should exist. The law and economics emphasis equips students with the economic tools and institutional knowledge to examine various aspects of the legal system, torts, contracts, property rights, the economics of litigation, antitrust law, and regulation.

    To fulfill the law and economics emphasis, students must complete:  
    • Econ 307: Applied Price Theory
    • Econ 312: Law and Economics

    3 courses from:

    • Econ 324: Experimental Economics
    • Econ 401: Government and Business
    • Econ 404: Industrial Organization
    • Econ 410: Financial Economics
    • Econ 427: Labor Economics
    • Econ 505: Public Finance
    • Econ 550: Contract Theory

    The minor in economics is designed to complement majors such as political science, public policy leadership, mathematics, and history. 

    A minor in economics consists of:

    • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
    • Econ 203: Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Econ 398: Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Econ 399: Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • 6 credit hours of economics courses at the 200-level or higher


    What can I do with an economics degree?

    • President, Medical Assurance Company of MS
    • President/CEO, First Guaranty Bank
    • Senior Audit Associate, KPMG
    • Senior Analyst, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Vice President, Bank of America
    • Principal Rate Analyst, MS Power Co.
    • National Account Executive, AT&T
    • Senior IT Sales, IBM
    • Senior Power Trader, Tenn. Valley Authority
    • Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
    • Former US Representative: Travis W. Childers
    • AidData Manager, Global Research Institute
    • Faculty, Texas Tech University
    • Partner/Attorney, Balch & Bingham
    • Attorney, Butler Snow
    • Research Analyst, MS Dev. Authority
    • State Auditor, Mississippi

    Connect with an Economics major

    Claire Reynolds

    Claire Reynolds

    • Service and Community Engagement
    • Student Publications

    What are your career goals?

    See Claire’s Answer
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    Why did you choose UM?

    “I chose UM because it gave me an opportunity like no other university to pursue my economics degree. Since I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love with it. The professors are very passionate about what they teach, which I believe is one of the greatest qualities to have as an instructor.”

    Johnathan Dabel

    Why Major in Economics in Preparation for Law School? 

    Research shows that economics students tend to have higher LSAT scores and have among the highest acceptance rates to law school. Lawyers who were undergraduate economics majors also tend to earn higher incomes.

    At the core of the study of market-based economies is the role of private property and private property rights. This creates a natural synergy between the study of markets and the law. Many areas of law require some working knowledge of economics. At the same time, economic analysis can be used to better understand the law. One can examine the economic foundations of property law, torts, criminal law, contracts, and anti-trust.

    The Pre-Law Advising Office 

    The Pre-Law Advising Office will help you every step of the way, no matter your major or the law school of your choice. An example of our services include:

    • Recommendations of courses to prepare for the LSAT and law school
    • Suggestion of a timeline to apply to law school, including how and when to study for the LSAT, when to take the LSAT, and when to prepare all documents for admission
    • Notice of pre-law events and opportunities on and near campus
    • Coordination of panel discussions with law school admissions representatives
    • Guidance in researching law school options
    • Answers to questions related to a law career
    • Feedback on your personal statement
    • Help with the application process on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAT) website

    Optional Minor

    Students in the Bachelor of Science in Economics degree may choose an optional minor based on their interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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