Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Economics, BS

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Economics, College of Business and Economics

88-90 credits


The study of economics provides an understanding of economic concepts and the functioning of the economy in addition to the ability to apply economic analysis in problem solving. The Economics Department strives to provide a program which gives students rigorous training in both economic theory and applications. The Bachelor of Science in Economics emphasizes the more analytical, mathematical, and empirical aspects of economics and is particularly appropriate for students interested in technical careers or future academic studies.

Why Consider an Economics Major?

A degree in Economics can be the gateway to many careers. Professional economists are employed as advisors and researchers in both business and government and as teachers and researchers in academic institutions. Employment as an Economist generally requires the completion of graduate studies beyond the bachelor’s degree. Western’s graduates in Economics hold a variety of jobs in business and teaching. In addition, many of Economics graduates have had a high success rate for admissions to professional schools in law and business.

 Contact Information

CBE Admissions & Scholarships
Dean’s Office
Parks Hall 419

Department Chair
Matthew Roelofs
Parks Hall 315A

Major Information:
Academic Department Manager

Diane Brearley
Parks Hall 315

 Sample Careers

Actuary/Banking | Financial Planner/Analyst | Urban/Regional Planner | Economic Researcher | Corporate Attorney | Financial Economist | Real Estate | Business Management | Insurance Consultant | Data Scientist | Data Analyst | Economic Consultant

 Major/Career Resources


How to declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students planning to major in Economics should declare their major as early as possible, preferably their first year at Western. Completion of the CBE foundation courses is not required to declare a major in economics.

Admission to programs in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) is selective and based upon prior academic performance and other evidence of high promise. For admission to CBE as a full Economics major, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Confirmed admission to Western Washington University
  • Achieved a 2.5 cumulative college GPA (including transfer work)

Students apply for admission to the major by completing the online application form at: cbe.wwu.edu/apply-cbe.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


Electives (36 credits)

❑ Complete 36 credits from additional upper division economics courses (not ECON 446 or ECON 447) or courses on the following “Math Courses for Economists” list. 20 of these credits must be 400-level ECON courses.

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