Mar 01, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024

Economics B.S.


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The Economics B.S. program provides students with cutting edge quantitative skills in economic modeling and data analytics that are highly valued by potential employers.  Students develop these skills through the study of complex economic phenomena such as decision-making by individuals and firms, economics of technology and innovation, and regulations and policy making. 

In addition to core coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, students may select from a wide range of electives courses to tailor their curriculum to advance their individual career goals. 

Available electives include Health Economics, Environmental Economics, Money and Banking, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Applied Game Theory, International Economics and Globalization, among many others.  
 

Students who earn a B.S. in Economics will:
 

  • Develop analytical and modeling expertise that is in demand by industry and consulting.  
  • Learn state-of-the-art research techniques and quantitative methods.  
  • Gain the ability to analyze, interpret and communicate complex economic and financial data.  
  • Enhance critical and inquisitive thinking.   

First Year


Fall


  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnotes 1 and 2 below)

Spring


  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnotes 1 and 2 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Economics Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Statistics Option Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


The Arch Summer Semester*


*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, The Arch Summer courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Core Elective Credit Hours: 4 (if Statistics Option did not count toward the Science Core)
    or Free Elective Credit Hours: 4 (if Statistics Option did count toward the Science Core)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring


  • Economics Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


Fall


  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Culminating Experience Credit Hours: 4
    ​(See list below)

 

Spring


  • Economics Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Footnotes


  1. Students should take an Inquiry course during their first year. For information regarding HASS Inquiry (INQR) courses go to: https://info.rpi.edu/hass-inquiry.
     
  2. Students should take a HASS Communication Intensive course during their first three semesters. 

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