Economics BS

Program Purpose


The Department of Economics shares with other departments a commitment to the Mission and Aims of Brigham Young University. The department can best meet these objectives by focusing exclusively upon undergraduate education. It has been our aim to purposefully design a curriculum that will provide our majors with one of the best undergraduate programs in Economics in the country. A careful study of Economics will help students better understand the world in which they live, including issues related to economic growth, levels of employment, inflation, international trade, globalization, taxation, and finance as well as providing insight into the consequences of alternative economic policies. Additionally, a careful analysis of costs and benefits of alternative proposals facilitates effective decision making and enhances our students participation and contribution in the communities in which they live.

Curricular Structure

Catalog Information

Major Academic Plan for BS in Economics

Learning Outcomes


Preparation for Graduate Studies

Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, finance, law, public policy and related disciplines.

Courses that Contribute: ECON 378 ECON 380 ECON 381 ECON 382 ECON 388 ECON 420 ECON 421 ECON 440 ECON 450 ECON 453 ECON 458 ECON 459 ECON 461 ECON 463 ECON 465 ECON 468 ECON 475 ECON 476 ECON 477 ECON 478 ECON 488 ECON 580 ECON 581 ECON 582 ECON 588
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Career Preparation

Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to pursue careers in economics, business, finance, law, public policy and related disciplines.

Courses that Contribute: ECON 110 ECON 378 ECON 380 ECON 381 ECON 382 ECON 388 ECON 420 ECON 421 ECON 440 ECON 450 ECON 453 ECON 458 ECON 461 ECON 463 ECON 465 ECON 468 ECON 475 ECON 476 ECON 477 ECON 478 ECON 488 ECON 580 ECON 581 ECON 582 ECON 588
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Lifelong service
Economic Problem Solving

Program graduates will be able to conceptualize a wide range of constrained optimization problems in economics and related fields and will be able to apply formal mathematical analysis to evaluate these problems.

Courses that Contribute: ECON 380 ECON 382 ECON 420 ECON 421 ECON 440 ECON 450 ECON 453 ECON 458 ECON 459 ECON 461 ECON 465 ECON 468 ECON 475 ECON 476 ECON 477 ECON 478 ECON 488 ECON 580 ECON 581 ECON 582 ECON 588
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge
Econometric Analysis

Program graduates will be able to conduct basic econometric analysis including using data to estimate behavioral models, test hypotheses and measure quantitative relationships; they will have a basic understanding of mathematical statistics that underlies applied econometric analysis.

Courses that Contribute: ECON 378 ECON 388 ECON 450 ECON 461 ECON 463 ECON 465 ECON 468 ECON 475 ECON 476 ECON 488 ECON 581 ECON 588
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence

Evidence of Learning


Direct Measures

 Placement rates in top graduate programs in several fields

Indirect Measures

 Economics Department Senior Survey

 BYU Senior Survey

 Alumni Questionnaire

 National Survey of Student Engagement

 

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The Curriculum Committee of the Economics Department reviews the evidence related to each of the learning outcomes each using the measures listed above.