Bachelor of Science


The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Economics emphasizes the study of mathematics and quantitative techniques along with economics. The course of study requires a more intensive background in math and statistics, reflecting the quantitative character of modern economics. This program provides preparation for employment in technical and scientific areas and is appropriate for graduate studies in economics and related fields such as statistics, mathematics and finance.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Economics

If you have questions about admissions requirements or the economics major, email an economics adviser at or visit the office during drop-in hours.

Courses Required to Apply and Admission Standards for the Bachelor of Science

  1. A minimum of 45 college and university credits including:

    • ECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics;
    • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics;
    • STAT 311 Introduction to Economic Statistics
      • Acceptable substitutes for STAT 311: Q SCI 381, STAT 340, STAT 341, STAT 390.
      • IND E 315 is acceptable, for students also pursuing College of Engineering disciplines.
      • PSYCH 317 & 318 are acceptable, if both are completed, for students also pursuing Psychology.
      • Not acceptable: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 321, STAT 394, Q METH 201, PSYCH 315.
    • MATH 124, 125, & 126 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (or MATH 134, 135, & 136).
    • One English Composition course 
    • Completion of the RTW assessment - Students applying to switch from the BA to the BS in Econ do *not* need to take the RTW.
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 for ECON 200, 201, Statistics and MATH 124, with no less than 2.0 in each of the 6 required courses.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all prior college work including transfer credits, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for coursework taken at UW.
  4. A grade must be recorded for all of the courses above prior to admission. Each of these prerequisite courses can only be repeated once. We will consider only the better of the two grades. Academic credits earned from AP, IB, and A-Level exams are acceptable.
  5. Please submit a 300-500 word (one-page, one-sided) personal statement with your completed application.  The Admissions Committee suggests you spend your time discussing some or all of the following that pertains to you:

    • Why are you interested in the Department of Economics?  What are your personal, educational, and/or career goals and how do you expect to further those by studying economics? What led you to apply to this major? If you are pursuing a double major or double degree, why are both majors important to your goals?
    • Please let the committee know if there are any circumstances that you feel the committee should know that has affected your grades/transcript.
    • Describe an experience with diversity or adversity that has had a profound effect on you.
    • If you have previously applied to the Economics major, what has improved since your previous application?

For prerequisites see the UW Course Catalog.

How to Apply for Admission to the Bachelor of Science

The application deadline is the 2nd Friday of each quarter (Autumn, Winter and Spring). Admission is competitive. Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the major. Transfer students must be admitted to the University before they can apply to the major.

You may apply for admission to the major as soon as you have received a grade in all the courses listed above. Applications are due no later than the second Friday of the quarter.

IMPORTANT: Do not wait for notice of acceptance to the major before registering for additional economics classes such as ECON 300. Premajors may register for ECON 301 in Registration Period II.

If you do not meet the minimum admissions requirements, make an appointment with an undergraduate economics adviser as soon as possible. You are also strongly encouraged to meet with an adviser in the Gateway Center to develop an alternative plan.

When you are ready to apply, read our How to Apply page where you can download an application. You may also stop by Savery 305 to pick up a printed application.

Graduation Requirements: How to Complete the Bachelor of Science

  1. Admission to the economics major
  2. Completion of these courses:
    • ECON 300 Intermediate Microeconomics and ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics. Grade of 2.0 or higher required. Both of these courses must be taken at UW Seattle.
    • At least 15 credits chosen from the following courses (known as “Theory & Methods” courses): ECON 400, 401, 405, 424, 426, 435 (if taken during or before Autumn 2010), 473, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486.
      Note: 5 credits of the 15 credits must be chosen from ECON 400 or 401.
      Note 2: 5 credits of the 15 credits must be chosen from ECON 424, 482, or 483.
    • 15 additional credits of economics courses at the 400 level (excluding ECON 496, 497, and 499)
  3. Completion of at least 50 credits in economics courses (courses with the prefix ECON,) including ECON 200 and 201, and you must have an average of 2.0 or higher in these 50 credits.
  4. At least 20 credits in economics courses at the 400-level must be taken at the University of Washington, Seattle.
  5. You must complete all University and College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements and 180 credits total for the undergraduate degree.
  6. For College and University graduation requirements, refer to the website or to the Bachelor’s Degree Planbook from the Undergraduate Advising Center in 171 Mary Gates Hall.
  7. Both the General Catalog and the Quarterly Time Schedules are available online in theStudent Guide.
  8. You must make an appointment with an advisor to apply to graduate (no later than the end of the third week of the quarter in which you wish to graduate). To receive Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) registration, apply 2½ quarters before graduation.

**Additional quantitative work is recommended but not required, for students who intend to pursue graduate programs, including: Math 307 (Intro to Differential Equations) or AMATH 351 (Intro to Differential Equations); Math 308 (Matrix Algebra with Applications); CSE 100 (Fluency in Information Technology); AMATH 301 (Beginning Scientific Computing), and CSE 142 (Computer Programming I -take as a junior)