Economics Programs

The BA in Economics

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics is achieved by completing the Economics Core Program AND one of the Major Options: Economics Option, International Economics Option, or Environmental Economics Option. Students may complete (1) a BA in Economics, (2) a BA in Economics with an Option in Environmental Economics, or (3) a BA in Economics with an Option in International Economics.

The Economics degree provides a range of exciting career prospects in the private and public sectors. Graduates with economics degrees are highly marketable because they learn an analytic approach to solving problems.  The BA in Economics provides an excellent background for graduate programs in economics, business, law, and urban planning. The Economics major is also attractive to students who seek a broad liberal arts background. Majors in Economics at CSU Chico have the opportunity to pursue semester or year-long study-abroad programs.

Students may choose classes ranging from those with a historical perspective, such as History of Economic Thought, to those which use quantitative techniques, such as Economic Forecasting. Small senior-level classes provide optimal student/teacher interaction. The Economics Department is committed to using the latest technology. The curriculum is periodically reviewed and adjusted to be responsive to changing national and international conditions and to student needs and preferences. Exceptional students may participate in the Honors Program in Economics.

Economics Core Program

The Economics Major teaches skills that are highly valued by employers, skills which students can also use in their personal lives. The core of the Economics Major provides students with quantitative skills useful in business and in government. Students completing the Economics Major will also acquire writing skills desirable in any employment. Most importantly, Economics students learn a critical and analytical way to approach problem solving that is productive and highly valued by employers, graduate schools, and law schools. A BA in Economics provides opportunity for careers in both private and public job sectors. It is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in economics, business, law, and public administration.

Option in Economics

The Option in Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in economics and flexibility in selecting a set of 100- and 200- level economics courses to complete the major. Those declaring this option must complete the core courses and additional courses in economics. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in Economics.

Option in Environmental Economics

The Option in Environmental Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in Economics with an environmental emphasis. Those declaring this option must complete the Economics core program courses, additional courses in Economics, and courses from the Environmental Economics electives. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in Environmental Economics.

Environmental and resource economics often focus on the costs and benefits of resolving such critical conflicts as water quality, recreational land and water use, erosion control, rainforest use and preservation, invasive species, waste disposal, industrial land use, and pollution-related issues.

Environmental economists can provide information relevant to policy decisions and debates on environmental issues by estimating the benefits and costs of alternative policies, describing how environmental impacts affect economic systems, and assessing the economic performance of alternative policies.

Students majoring in environmental and resource economics are qualified for a wide variety of opportunities upon graduation. Private business, public institutions, and government agencies currently have a strong demand for specialists trained in natural resource development, land and water use policy, regional and rural development, and other areas in the environmental and resource economics field.

Option in International Economics

The Option in International Economics is designed for those seeking a structured program in Economics with an international emphasis. Those declaring this option must complete the Economics core program courses, additional courses in Economics, and courses from the International Economics electives. See requirements for BA in Economics with Option in International Economics.

Robust employment opportunities and attractive career paths are increasingly available for those possessing knowledge, perspectives, and analytical approaches in International Economics.  CSU, Chico Economics graduates with courses in International Economics are employed by the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service, international banks, airlines, multinational corporations, and in a variety of specialty niches. Their skills and knowledge, coupled with their BA in Economics, results in earning attractive salaries and comprehensive fringe benefits. 

As the global economy becomes more integrated, and the war on terrorism demands scrutiny of international financial ramifications, graduates with a BA in Economics with an Option in International Economics will find attractive and varied career opportunities in California, across the United States, and overseas. 

Additionally, those pursuing the International Economics Option can fulfill part of their degree requirements overseas and, in that process, acquire valuable language and cultural skills, plus gaining overseas experience. 

The Economics Minor

A minor in economics enhances employment opportunities for students with majors in communications, environmental studies, journalism, education, geography, planning, business, international relations and a variety of other fields.

The Double Major in Economics

Students may earn a double major in economics and one of the business majors without doubling unit requirements as some courses count toward both majors. A double major in economics and social sciences satisfies the requirements to enter a teaching credential program and to prepare to teach economics at the high school level.

Internship Credit

Internship credit may be arranged for students seeking practical experience related to the field of economics. A maximum of three units of internship credit may be applied to complete the major. Economics majors have held internships ranging from stock brokerage firms in Chico to the United States Agency for International Development in Washington D.C.

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