Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

Economics Major (BSBA)

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Economics Major- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Please see the UNLV Lee Business School web page at https://www.unlv.edu/business for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plans for the major are available at www.unlv.edu/degree/bsba-economics

Please see advising information at the UNLV Lee Business School Undergraduate Advising at https://www.unlv.edu/business/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (www.nwccu.org)

Program - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (www.aacsb.edu)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use supply and demand analysis;
  2. Apply the concept of opportunity cost;
  3. Use marginal analysis;
  4. Use the appropriate models to explain the behavior of economic agents in different market structures;
  5. Explain the causes of short-run fluctuations in macroeconomic variables;
  6. Explain the determinants of long run economic growth;
  7. Predict the effects of various micro- and macroeconomic policies using the appropriate models;
  8. Gather, analyze, and interpret economic data;
  9. Describe the role and function of financial markets, institutions, and policies;
  10. Analyze global economic issues.

University Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 35-46 Credits

Where specific course are not identified, please see the related section of the Undergraduate Catalog for information about which courses may satisfy university core requirements.

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

  or higher

Distribution Requirements - Credits:18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Humanities, 6 credits required from two different areas. It is recommended that students take  , as one of the humanities courses.
    • Fine Arts ,  3 credits required
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by business requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits
    • Life and Physical Sciences - 6-7 credits
      • One science course with a lab
      • One non-lab science course
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International (Credits: 0-6)

Multicultural, one three-credit course required
International, one three-credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Lee Business School Requirements - BSBA in Economics - Subtotal: 72-76 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 0-13

The number of general electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum credits required to earn a degree from Lee Business School is 120.

Total Credits: 120

Economics Major Advanced Track Program

The Advanced Economics Program allows undergraduates to take one or two 700-level graduate courses (6 credits) in their undergraduate program and then count them in the MA program in economics. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in economics are encouraged to take the Economics Advanced Track Program.

General Electives - Credits:0-10

The number of general electives necessary for each student varies based on how many credits a student uses to satisfy the requirements identified above. The minimum credits required to earn a degree from Lee Business School is 120.

Total Credits: 120

UNLV undergraduate Economics majors must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the Advanced Program Track:

Receiving at least a B in graduate-level Economics courses completed as an undergraduate

  1. Satisfactory completion of Graduate College admission requirements
  2. Senior standing
  3. Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  4. Completion of the following courses with a minimum of 3.5 GPA and no grade lower than B: ECON 262  or ECON 441 ; ECON 302 ; ECON 303  and MATH 181 .
  5. Department chair or graduate coordinator’s recommendation
  6. Submission of two letters of recommendation, a completed Enrollment Request form to the Economics Department no less than two weeks before the beginning of the semester for which they would like to register for graduate courses


  1. All courses in the major requirements section must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
  2. Any course that is included as a prerequisite for a Lee Business School course requires a minimum grade of C or better.
  3. ECON 495  is milestone course for Economics B.S.B.A.

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