Economics Requirements


Students must complete CSU general education and other university-wide requirements in addition to major requirements to be awarded a baccalaureate degree. A few courses in most majors simultaneously meet a university-wide requirement. The following university-wide requirements are not automatically met in the course of completing major requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Economics.

1. First-Year Experience: CSUB 101 or 301 (2 units)
2. Two American Institutions courses: U.S. History and US/California government
3. Foreign Language Proficiency (2 years of high school language or 1 college course)
4. Three courses in CSU General Education Area A: A1 (Speaking and listening), A2 (Reading and writing), and A3 (Writing-critical thinking)
5. Two courses in CSU General Education Area B: B1 (Life science), B2 (Physical science), and B3 (laboratory component). Note: Area B4 (Mathematics) covered in the major.
6. Three courses in CSU General Education Area C selected from three different areas: C1 (Art or performing arts), C2 (Foreign languages), C3 (History), C4 (Literature), and C5 (Philosophy and religious studies)
7. One course in CSU General Education Area D selected from D1 (Anthropology), D4 (Psychology), or D5 (Sociology). Note: Area D3 covered by American Institutions requirement (US/California government) and Area D2 covered in the major (Econ 201 or 202)
8. One course meeting the Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (GRE) requirement. Note: Econ 380 or 381 fulfill the GRE requirement and also apply toward the elective requirement in the major.
9. Three courses satisfying the Upper Division General Education requirement: Theme 1 (Natural science and technology), Theme 2 (Arts and humanities), and Theme 3 (Social and behavioral sciences). Note: Several economics courses fulfill the Theme 3 requirement and also apply toward the elective requirement in the major.
10. One course meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment requirement (GWAR). Note: This requirement also can be met by passing the GWAR exam.


The B.S. degree program prepares graduates for professional careers by integrating significant coursework from business or public administration into the economic major.

A. Lower-Division Requirements (27 units)

1. MIS 200A or equivalent
2. ECON 201 and 202
3. MATH 140 and one of the following: MATH 101, 190, or 191
4. ACCT 220

B. Upper-Division Requirements (45 units)

1. ECON 301, 302, 306, 420, and 490 (or 490A and 490B)
2. Four (4) upper division Economics electives

C. Area of Emphasis (25 units)

The area of emphasis requirement is five courses approved by the advisor as forming a coherent area of breadth or depth. Students may complete one of the following or an advisor-approved individualized program of study.

Accounting and Bank Lending
ACCT 221, 300, 301, 303 and FIN 300. For career preparation in bank lending, ECON 404, 453, 430, 441, and 460 are recommended economics electives.

Business Administration
Five (5) approved courses in Business Administration providing depth in an area or breadth in several areas. The following courses can be used to meet foundation requirements for CSUB’s MBA program: BA 370, MGMT 300, MGMT 301, MKTG 300, and FIN 300.

Financial Investment Services
ACCT 221, FIN 300, and three (3) electives selected from MKTG 304 and the upper division Finance curriculum. For career preparation as a financial analyst, ACCT 221 and ACCT 303 are recommended for the emphasis area. ECON/FIN 460 should be completed as an economics elective or as part of the emphasis area. ECON 430 and 441 are recommended as economics electives.

Public Administration
PPA 325, 478, and three additional PPA courses. PPA 479 is recommended for urban planning. Courses in the Extended University Division’s Chief Business Officer (CBO) program recommended as career preparation for school district business officers. ECON/PPA 470 should be completed as an