Bachelor of Science in Economics

The economics major provides in depth exposure to the fundamental economic way of thinking and approaching a multitude of complex problems. Students will be exposed to micro and macro-economic theory, data science and analysis (econometrics), and relevant field courses throughout the program of study. Field courses cover a variety of topics such as Health Economics, Economics of Trade, Development Economics, and Environmental Economics.

The courses included in the major allow students to diversify their analytical skill sets with practice in computation and data analysis, fundamental economic theory, and empirical methods. The economics minor provides excellent concrete data science skills directly applicable for pursuing careers in multiple sectors.

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1315Introduction to Media Computation3
or CS 1301 Introduction to Computing
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Any HUM6
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Introduction to Linear Algebra
Social Sciences
Any SS9
Field of Study
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics 33
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics 33
ECON 2250Statistics for Economists3
INTA 1000- or 2000-level courses3
Engineering or Science Elective 13
Second Tech Course 23
Major Requirements
ECON 3110Advanced Microeconomic Analysis 33
ECON 3120Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis 33
ECON 3161Econometric Analysis 33
ECON Electives
Any ECON 318
Non-Major Cluster
Non-Major Cluster 4,512
Free Electives
Free Electives 520
Total Credit Hours122

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.

Students must complete 39 hours of upper level (3000-/4000-level) courses. This requirement may be satisfied with a combination of major requirements, ECON electives, Non-Major Cluster courses and/or free electives.


1000- or 2000-level course from the College of Engineering or College of Sciences. Please consult with advisor.


Must be selected from: CEE 1770 or CS 1316 or CS 1331 or CS 1332 or ECE 2030 or ME 1770 or ME 2016 or  MGT 2210


Minimum grade of C required.


All twelve credit hours must come from the same discipline, or be part of a coherent theme. Please consult with advisor on course selection.


 Courses may be applied toward completion of a minor.

International Plan

All degree programs offered by the School of Economics including the BS degree in Economics offer an International Plan (IP) Designation. In general the IP designation can be obtained by completing courses in three specified area:

  1. Students are required to complete a general course in Global Economics.
  2. Students are also required to complete a region specific course. Any number of International Affairs course can be used to fulfill this requirement
  3. Student are also required to complete a capstone course rounding out the international experience. The IP designation also requires students to become proficient in a language as well as spending at least twenty-six weeks in a foreign culture enrolled in school and/or participating in an internship experience.

Research Option

The School of Economics also participates in the Research Option plan offered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The Research Option offers students the opportunity for in-depth research experience working under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Requirements for participation in the Research Option include completing nine hours of undergraduate research, at least six of which are on the same topic, writing a research proposal, taking two 1-hour courses: LMC 4701 (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 (taken during the term in which the thesis is written), and completing the thesis.

BS/MS in Economics

Students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in ECON courses are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of 75 semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis.  Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the Graduate Committee and faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the B.S. student to maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their ECON courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor’s degree.

Students in the BS-MS ECON program will take 6 hours of ECON electives at the 6000 level which will be used toward ECON electives in the BS in Economics program and may be used toward core requirements or electives in the MS in Economics program. Prior to enrolling in 6000-level ECON courses, students will be required to complete ECON 3110 Advanced Microeconomics, ECON 3120 Advanced Macroeconomics, and ECON 3161 Econometrics. 

Students are encouraged to take 6 credit hours from the MSECON core courses (ECON 6105, ECON 6106, ECON 6140, or ECON 6160) during enrollment as a BS student.  However, they will have flexibility to enroll in any 6000 ECON course whose prerequisite requirements they have met.