Economics at CSUB
Economics is the science of decision making under scarcity and of organizing the production and distribution of goods and services within and between nations. Knowledge of economics can make a significant contribution to citizenship, cultural and intellectual development, and career preparation for the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Economics is an analytical discipline that reinforces skills such as decision-making, making logical deductions and statistical inferences, and collecting and analyzing data. Economic analysis is the process of applying economic tools and the economic way of thinking to real- world problems. The program's curriculum provides a thorough understanding of economic theory and applies the theory to evaluating public policies, analyzing the external economic environments of organizations, and formulating tactical and strategic decisions.
Economics graduates pursue careers in diverse areas such as government and public policy, business, agriculture, banking and financial services, international trade or diplomacy, teaching, and the law. The Bachelor of Science program is especially well suited for students focusing on career preparation in business or public administration and who are considering making the bachelor's degree a terminal degree. However, it also is an excellent foundation for students who are considering the MBA or another professional graduate program. Graduates of this degree program develop breadth in a complementary area of business or public administration and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to productively contribute to employers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The Bachelor of Arts program is especially appropriate for those interested in a broad liberal arts education that integrates a minor or special minor from the behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or humanities into the economics major.
Students intending to pursue a master's degree in economics should complete a calculus course or two and additional statistics and research methods courses. Students who intend to pursue a doctoral program in economics should complete the calculus sequence and course work in linear algebra, differential equations, probability theory, and mathematical statistics.
In addition to the B.A. and B.S. degrees in Economics, the Economics Department offers an Economics Concentration within the B.S. in Business Administration, an Economics Minor, and various courses fulfilling university-wide requirements (General Education Area D2, Upper Division Theme 3, Gender, Race and Ethnicity).
Additional information on economics as an academic discipline, the economics curriculum, and careers for undergraduate economics majors can be found by following our website links or visiting with the economics faculty.