Economics is the study of how the economic system functions on a number of different levels. Macroeconomics is the study of the entire economy, and how government budgetary and monetary policies affect levels of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Microeconomics is the study of why individuals and firms make the decisions they do about what to produce, how much to produce, and what prices to charge. International economics integrates these two areas to explain issues of international trade and international finance.
Economics complements business in that economists are interested in why individuals and firms behave the way they do, rather than in finding ways for specific individuals or firms to increase their own welfare or profits. Economics provides the theoretical foundation for most of the practical and applied courses offered in the business curriculum.
Majors in economics find jobs in business and government. Many go on to law school or graduate work—at the graduate level economics is increasingly mathematics oriented, and provides a field of study ideal for students interested in the application of mathematics to social issues and problems such as labor relations, economic forecasting, environmental issues, and economic development throughout the world.
College of Business and Economics students in the traditional program must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:
- Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
- Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
- Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year
More information about traditional Core Studies can be found here (Regis College).
Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the traditional B.S. in Economics. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.
|Lower Division Requirements (25 credit hours)
||Principles of Accounting I (3 ch)
||Principles of Accounting II (3 ch)
|EC 320/EC 320C
||Principles of Macroeconomics (3 ch)
||Principles of Microeconomics (3 ch)
||Introduction to Business (3 ch)
|MT 270/MT 270C
||Introduction to Statistics (3 ch)
||Introduction to Information Systems Concepts (3 ch)
||Calculus 1 (3 ch)
|Upper Division Requirements (24 credit hours)
24 upper division credit hours of Economics courses which must include:
||Microeconomic Theory (3 ch)
||Macroeconomic Theory (3 ch)
||Econometrics (3 ch)
|Upper division electives
||15 credit hours
|TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 49 credit hours