Economics | Academic Advising Handbook

The department offers a major and minor in Economics. Students who have decided to major in Economics should have an advisor in Economics before their junior year. 

Whenever possible, students are strongly encouraged to complete coursework according to the following timetable.




Econ 101 (4)
Econ 102 (4)
Math 125 (4) or math placement level III


BA 201 (4)
Econ 327 (4)
Econ 328 (4)
Math 207 (4)

Junior Econ 321 (4)
Electives (8-12 credits)
Senior Econ 490 (Senior Capstone)
Econ 495 (Senior Capstone)
Electives (4 credits)


  • Many economics courses have prerequisites. Students should review course descriptions in the catalog before registering for courses.
  • Econ 101 and 102 are stand-alone courses and can be taken in any order; however they should NOT be taken at the same time.
  • Math 207 has a prerequisite of Math 122, so students whose math placement is “I” (Math 122) should begin Math 122 immediately and then complete Math 125 (pre-calculus) and Math 207 (statistics).
  • Students who have taken pre-calculus in high school and whose math placement indicates readiness for calculus do not need to take Math 125 at Pacific University.
  • Students considering graduate school in economics should take the entire calculus sequence (Math 226, 227, and 228) in addition to courses in linear algebra (Math 306) and differential equations (Math 311).
  • All economics majors are encouraged to take additional math, writing, business, and computer literacy courses, since the skills strengthened by these courses are essential to careers for economists.

Rev 2019