Department of Economics {College of Business}

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Schedule and Courses - Undergraduate Program

Our current schedule is available online. We offer our core courses every semester (and generally at least one class at night). Our elective courses are offered depending upon demand. You should consult with your advisor about course offerings for electives. You can find a complete list of economic courses on the Economic Discipline Courses page of the university bulletin.

We recommend that you follow a certain course sequence. If you take the courses in that order you will not have to worry about prerequisite requirements. We strongly suggest that you take the core courses as early as possible. In particular the quantitative courses, which have limited space. You should wait till your senior year to take our senior seminar (690).

We also have suggestions for elective courses depending on your goals and area of concentration. See also our policy on electives outside the Department of Economics.

Suggested Course Sequence

This is the suggested schedule for an economics major at SFSU. We understand that students may not be able to follow this schedule exactly and recommend that students talk to an advisor by their junior year. We also believe that students starting at SFSU should concentrate on completing their Segment I and II General Education and other University Requirements before committing to an Economics major.

First Semester:

  • Economics 101 (Introductory Microeconomics)

Second Semester:

  • Economics 102 (Introductory Macroeconomics, formerly 100)
  • Mathematics 226 (First semester Calculus)*

*Please see an advisor if you have any questions.

Note: Now would be a good time to declare your major and see an advisor!

Third Semester:

  • Economics 301 (Intermediate Microeconomics)*
  • Economics 311 (Statistics)

*We highly recommend students take ECON 301 as early as possible in the program

Fourth Semester:

  • Economics 302 (Intermediate Macroeconomics, formerly 300)
  • Economics 312 (Introductory Econometrics)
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective

Fifth Semester:

  • Economics 690 (Senior Seminar in Inquiry Analysis)
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective

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Suggested Electives by Area of Concentration

Consider taking the following courses if you are interested in:

A career in financial and economic analysis

  • Finance 350
  • Economics 325 (Modeling & Simulation)
  • Economics 500 (Money and Banking)
  • Economics 501 (Money and Capital Markets)
  • Economics 520 (Industrial Organization)
  • Economics 601 (Applied Microeconomics)
  • Economics 630 (Econometrics)

Graduate school in economics:

  • Mathematics 226, 227, 228, 245, 340 (Calculus, Linear Algebra/Differential Equations, and Math Stats.)
  • Economics 615 (Mathematical Economics)
  • Economics 630 (Econometrics)

International trade and development:

  • Economics 600 (International Economics)
  • Economics 620 (Development Economics)
  • Economics 400 (US Economic History)
  • Economics 404 (Latin American Economic History)
  • Economics 635 (Economics of Globalization)
  • Economics 425 (Economic Geography)

Money and Banking:

  • Finance 350
  • Economics 500 (Money and Banking)
  • Economics 501 (Money and Capital Markets)
  • Economics 505 (Public Finance)

Urban Issues:

  • Economics 535 (Urban Economics)
  • Economics 530 (Political Economy of SF)
  • Economics 505 (Public Finance)
  • Economics 506 (Economics of State and Local Govt.)
  • Economics 550 (Environmental Economics)

Labor Issues:

  • Economics/Labor Studies 474 (History of Labor in the US)
  • Economics 510 (Labor Economics)
  • Economics/Labor Studies 511 (Collective Bargaining)
  • Economics 512 (Poverty and Discrimination)
  • Economics 340 (Economics of Gender)
  • Economics 450 (Health Economics)

Law and Economics:

  • Economics 515 (Crime and Justice)
  • Economics 516 (Law and Economics)
  • Economics 520 (Industrial Organization)

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Electives Outside the Department of Economics

Selected courses from other disciplines can be used to count towards the economics major. Students can take up to two elective courses outside the Department of Economics. The courses must be either on the list of approved courses or pre-approved by an economics adviser.

Approved electives outside the Department of Economics

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