Schedule and Courses

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 (ECON 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:

  • ECON 101 (Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis, [GE])

Second Semester:

  • ECON 102 (Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis, [GE], formerly 100)
  • MATH 226 (Calculus I)*

*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:

  • ECON 301 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)*
  • ECON 311 (Statistical Methods and Interpretation)

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

Fourth Semester:

  • ECON 302 (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, formerly 300)
  • ECON 312 (Introduction to Econometrics)
  • Economics Elective
  • Economics Elective

Fifth Semester:

  • ECON 690 (Senior Seminar: Economic Inquiry and Analysis, [GWAR])
  • 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

  • FIN 350 (Business Finance)
  • ECON 500 (Money and Banking)
  • ECON 501 (Money and Capital Markets)
  • ECON 520 (Industrial Organization)
  • ECON 601 (Applied Microeconomics)
  • ECON 731 (Econometric Theory)

Graduate school in economics:

  • MATH 226, 227, 228, 245, 340 (Calculus, Linear Algebra/Differential Equations, and Math Stats.)
  • ECON 715 (Mathematical Economics)
  • ECON 731 (Econometric Theory)

International trade and development:

  • ECON 620 (Economic Development, [GE])
  • ECON 400 (Economic and Social History of the United States)
  • ECON 635 (Economics of Globalization, [GE])

Money and Banking:

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

Urban Issues:

  • ECON 535 (Urban Economics, [GE])
  • ECON 505 (Public Economics)
  • ECON 550 (Environmental Economics)

Labor Issues:

  • ECON/HIST/LABR 474 (History of Labor in the United States)
  • ECON/LABR 510 (Labor Economics)
  • ECON/LABR 511 (Collective Bargaining)
  • ECON 512 (Economics of Poverty and Discrimination)
  • ECON 340 (Economics of Gender)
  • ECON 450 (Health Economics, [GE])

Law and Economics:

  • ECON 515 (Economics of Crime and Justice)
  • ECON 516 (Law and Economics)
  • ECON 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

  • FIN 350: Business Finance
  • FIN 536: International Finance
  • MATH 227: Calculus II
  • MATH 228: Calculus III
  • MATH 245: Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
  • MATH 441: Probability and Statistics II
  • MATH 324: Probability and Statistics with Computing
  • MATH 325: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 338: Introduction to SAS
  • MATH 340: Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH 376: Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • MATH 400: Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 424: Introduction to Linear Models
  • MATH 448: Introduction to Statistical Learning and Data Mining
  • MATH 490: Non-Parametric Statistics
  • ACCT 301: Intermediate Finance Accounting I
  • DS 408: Computer Simulation
  • DS 412: Operations Management
  • DS 612: Data Mining with Business Applications
  • DS 624: Quality Management
  • More courses are coming soon.

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