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Program Requirements

Notes on Course Requirements

  1. Mathematics requirements for Major and Honours programs should normally be completed by the end of the second year. Students who are considering the Financial Math and Economics program should take MATH 100 rather than 102.
  2. The statistics requirements, ECON 245 and 246, or equivalent, for Major or Honours programs should normally be completed by the end of second year and must be completed by the end of third year.
    Although the department prefers and recommends ECON 245, STAT 260 can be substituted, provided the minimum grade requirements specified for ECON 245 are satisfied in STAT 260.
    Although the department prefers and recommends ECON 246, STAT 261 can be substituted, provided the minimum grade requirements specified for ECON 246 are satisfied in STAT 261. Students seeking admission to the BCom program should be aware that ECON 245 and 246 may be substituted for STAT 252 in satisfying the entry requirements for that program. Applicants to the BCom program who may wish to major in Economics in the event they are not admitted are advised that they should take ECON 245 and 246 rather than STAT 252. STAT 252 cannot be used to satisfy the program requirements for Economics. Students should note “Credit Limit—Beginning Level Statistics Courses”.
  3. In the Honours BSc program, a maximum of 6 units of upper-level courses in Mathematics, Computer Science or Statistics may be substituted for upper-level Economics courses with permission of the department.
  4. Students wishing to proceed to graduate studies in Economics are advised to include ECON 350, 351, 365, 366, 400, and 401 in their undergraduate program.
  5. CSC 105 is intended primarily for students in Economics or the Business School. Students who have completed or are currently registered in ECON 103 and ECON 104 will be given priority; other students will be admitted on an availability basis. Although the department prefers and recommends CSC 105, CSC 110 may be substituted for CSC 105.
  6. ECON 225 is required for all programs in Economics. It should normally be completed by the end of the second year and is a pre- or co-requisite for some 300 and all 400 level courses. No more than 7.5 credit units ( 5 courses) of upper level Economics courses, completed before 225 is passed, will be counted towards an economics degree. Students are advised that a comprehension and writing test will be given during the first seven calendar days from the start of ECON 225. Students who fail the test will be required to attend supplementary language/writing tutorials that will run parallel with the course. Students satisfy the ECON 225 course requirement if they have: i) received a B+ or higher in any first year English course at the University of Victoria, with the exception of ENGL 115; or ii) passed ENGR 240.
  7. ECON 203 and 204 may be repeated once in order to satisfy minimum grade requirements or to pass these courses.

BA Program Requirements

BA Honours

  1. ECON 103 and 104, with normally a GPA of at least 5.5 in the two courses and at least a B in each course
  2. MATH 100 or 102 (see Note 1)
  3. CSC 105 (see Note 5)
  4. 1.5 units of first-year English
  5. 1.5 units of a Social Sciences course (other than a course in statistics or quantitative methods or ES 312) outside Economics; or PHIL 220 or PHIL 223
  6. ECON 203, 204, and 225, with normally at least a B+ in each course (see Note 6).
  7. ECON 245 and 246, with at least a B in 245 and at least a B- in 246
  8. ECON 313 or 400, normally at least a B+
  9. One of ECON 314, 333, 401
  10. One of ECON 321, 327, 328, 337, 338, 407, 421
  11. ECON 345 or 365
  12. ECON 499
  13. 12 units of Economics courses numbered 300 and above.
  14. 3.0 units of senior-level course work in a subject or subjects other than Economics

Also see Other Requirements for BA and BSc Honours Programs, below.

BA Major

  1. ECON 103 and 104
  2. MATH 100 or 102 (see Note 1)
  3. 1.5 units of first-year English
  4. 1.5 units of a Social Sciences course (other than a course in statistics or quantitative methods or ES 312) outside Economics; or PHIL 220 or PHIL 223
  5. ECON 203 and 204, with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the two courses and at least a C in each course, and 225 (see Note 6).
  6. ECON 245 and 246, with at least a C+ in 245 (see Note 2)
  7. ECON 313
  8. One of ECON 321, 327, 328, 337, 338, 407, 421
  9. ECON 345 or 365
  10. 10.5 units of Economics courses numbered 300 and above

BA General or Minor

ECON 103 and 104, 1.5 units of first-year English, ECON 225, and 9 units of Economics courses numbered 300 and above. Students completing a Major in a writing-intensive field may apply to the Economics Adviser to have the ECON 225 requirement waived.

BSc Program Requirements

BSc Honours

  1. ECON 103 and 104, with normally a GPA of at least 5.5 in the two courses and at least a B in each course
  2. MATH 100, and 208 or 140; or MATH 102, and 208 or 140; or MATH 100, 101, 200, and 110 or 211 (see Note 1)
  3. 1.5 units of first-year English
  4. 1.5 units of a Social Sciences course (other than a course in statistics or quantitative methods, or ES 312) outside Economics; or PHIL 220 or PHIL 223
  5. ECON 203, 204, and 225, with normally at least a B+ in each course
  6. CSC 105 (see Note 5)
  7. Econ 245 and 246, with normally at least a B in 245 and at least a B- in 246
  8. ECON 350 and 313, with normally at least a B+ in each course
  9. ECON 351
  10. ECON 365 and 366
  11. ECON 400 and 401
  12. Three of ECON 435, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 456, 457 or 468
  13. ECON 499
  14. an additional 3.0 units of Economics courses numbered 300 and above
  15. 3.0 units of senior level coursework in a subject or subjects other than Economics

BSc Major

  1. ECON 103 and 104
  2. MATH 100, and 208 or 140; or MATH 102 and 208 or 140; or MATH 100, 101, 200, and 110 or 211 (see Note 1)
  3. CSC 105
  4. 1.5 units of first-year English
  5. 1.5 units of a Social Sciences course (other than a course in statistics or quantitative methods, or ES 312) outside Economics; or PHIL 220 or PHIL 223
  6. ECON 203 and 204, with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the two courses and at least a C in each course, and 313
  7. ECON 245 and 246, with at least a C+ in 245 (see Note 2)
  8. ECON 225 (see Note 6).
  9. ECON 350 and 351, with at least a C+ in 350
  10. ECON 345 or 365
  11. At least two of ECON 435, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 456, 457 or 468
  12. An additional 6.0 units of Economics courses numbered 300 and above

Double Major Programs

Students seeking a Double Major with another discipline in which a BSc designation is offered will receive a BSc only if the Economics BSc requirements have been satisfied.

Other Requirements for BA and BSc Honours Programs

Admission to an Honours program is determined at the end of third year and normally requires at least a B+ in each of ECON 203, 204, 225, 313, and for the BSc, 350 and 365. Application is to the Honours Adviser. Honours students are required to:

  1. maintain a GPA of at least 6.0 in upper level courses taken within the department;
  2. complete ECON 499 and an Honours thesis in their fourth year.

Minors

The rules governing minors are determined by the faculty; those relating to the Faculty of Social Sciences are given on this page.

Minor in Economic Policy

The program comprises four required courses (6.0 units) and six elective courses (9.0 units) drawn from a specified set of policy-oriented courses.

The program is described by the required and elective courses which are listed below according to the year in which it is recommended that students take them. The only other requirements are the general University requirements.

Note that required or corequisite courses at the 200 level or higher in other programs or options may not be counted towards the minor. Students completing an Honours or Major degree in Economics may not also complete a Minor in Economic Policy.

Year 1 (2 courses)

plus at least one of

Year 2 (3 courses)

Year 3 or 4 (5 courses)

At least four courses drawn from

plus one further course drawn from the list above, or one of

or one other policy-oriented course in another department, subject to the approval of the Department of Economics.

* This course is highly recommended, but students should be aware that it has prerequisites beyond those included in the Minor. Consult the ECON 410A calendar entry for the details.

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