Department of Economics

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio is to offer courses and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that provide students with the opportunity to gain the necessary theoretical and quantitative tools in economics such that they can understand and apply economics in their daily lives, seek advanced degrees in economics, pursue careers in the global marketplace, and engage in public policy-making. It is also the mission of the Department to provide an environment for its faculty and students to engage in research that will further the understanding of economics and enhance the reputation of the Department, the College of Business, and the University.

The Department of Economics offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. Economics is a highly versatile major that assists students in pursuing a variety of careers, including positions in business, the public sector, the legal field, and politics, where knowledge of economics is a fundamental asset. The department also offers a minor in economics that is open to all majors in the University.

Department Honors

The Department of Economics offers the opportunity for certain of its outstanding students to achieve the designation of Honors in Economics and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection for honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the Department Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) in consultation with the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the designation, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. To enroll in honors thesis courses and to graduate with the honors designation, these minimum grade point averages must be maintained. Students applying for Honors in Major are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor from the student’s discipline and the UPC. Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Economics office for additional information. Department honors can be attained independent of, or in addition to, University Honors. In order to have departmental honors noted on the transcript, students must submit a letter of request for departmental honors to the Department Chair by Census Date of their last semester. 

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Economics

The minimum semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Economics is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) requirements, and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.B.A. degree in Economics must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

MAT 1033 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. ECO 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

All degrees in the College of Business require 120 hours. If students elect to take a course that satisfies both a Core and COB requirement, students may need to take an additional course to meet the 120 hours.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1213Design I3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

All students seeking a B.B.A. degree in the College of Business must complete the following Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses in addition to the Core Curriculum.

ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I3
ACC 2033Principles of Accounting II3
COM 1053Business and Professional Speech3
or COM 1063 Digital Business Communication
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics (satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum requirement)3
FIN 3013Principles of Business Finance3
GBA 2013Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Business3
IS 1403Business Information Systems Fluency3
IS 3003Principles of Information Systems for Management3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business (satisfies Mathematics Core Curriculum requirement, Actuarial Science majors must take MAT 1214 in lieu of MAT 1033)3
MGT 3003Business Communication and Professional Development3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
MGT 4893Management Strategy (taken in semester of graduation)3
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
MS 1023Business Statistics with Computer Applications I (Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3003 in lieu of MS 1023)3
MS 3043Business Statistics with Computer Applications II (Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3513 in lieu of MS 3043)3
MS 3053Management Science and Operations Technology3
Note: Students must have earned at least 31 hours to enroll in any 3000 and 4000 level courses listed above.

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements and requirements from the College of Business Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), all candidates for the degree must complete the following degree requirements.

Gateway Course

Students pursuing the B.B.A. degree in Economics must successfully complete the following Gateway Course with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete this course within two attempts, including dropping the course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business

Degree Requirements

A. Major Requirements12
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Introduction to Mathematical Economics
Introduction to Econometrics and Business Forecasting
B. Support Work in Major12
12 semester credit hours of upper-division Economics electives
C. Additional Support Work9
Option 1: Complete a Business Competency (9 semester credit hours in a competency)
Option 2: Complete 9 semester credit hours of free electives
Total Credit Hours33

Course Sequence Guide for B.B.A. Degree in Economics

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate business degree requirements. This is a term-by-term sample course guide. Students must satisfy other requirements in their catalog and meet with their academic advisor for an individualized degree plan. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business (core and CBK) 13
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences (core) 3
Spring
COM 1053 or 1063Business and Professional Speech (CBK) 3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics (core and CBK) 13
IS 1403Business Information Systems Fluency (CBK) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
American History (core) 3
Second Year
Fall
ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I (CBK) 3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics (CBK) 3
MS 1023Business Statistics with Computer Applications I (CBK) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture (core) 3
Creative Arts (core) 3
Evaluated for Admission to the College of Business.
Spring
ACC 2033Principles of Accounting II (CBK) 3
MGT 3003Business Communication and Professional Development (CBK) 3
MS 3043Business Statistics with Computer Applications II (CBK) 3
Government-Political Science (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences (core) 3
Third Year
Fall
ECO 3013Intermediate Microeconomics (major) 3
ECO 3113Introduction to Mathematical Economics (major) 3
IS 3003Principles of Information Systems for Management (CBK) 3
MS 3053Management Science and Operations Technology (CBK) 3
Government-Political Science (core) 3
Spring
ECO 3053Intermediate Macroeconomics (major) 3
ECO 3123Introduction to Econometrics and Business Forecasting (major) 3
FIN 3013Principles of Business Finance (CBK) 3
GBA 2013Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Business (CBK) 3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management (CBK) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing (CBK) 3
Business Competency or free elective 3
Business Competency or free elective 3
Upper-division economics elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Upper-division economics elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Spring
MGT 4893Management Strategy (CBK) 3
Business Competency or free elective 3
Upper-division economics elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Upper-division economics elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Component Area Option (core) 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics

The minimum semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.A. degree in Economics must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

MAT 1033 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. ECO 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

All degrees in the College of Business require 120 hours. If students elect to take a course that satisfies both a Core and COB requirement, students may need to take an additional course to meet the 120 hours.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1213Design I3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, all candidates for the degree must complete the following degree requirements.

A. Required courses in the major39
Business and Professional Speech
Introductory Macroeconomics
Introductory Microeconomics
Basic Statistics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
21 credit hours in upper-division economics courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the specified required courses before enrolling in upper-division electives. Additional information on degree plans under the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics is available from your academic advisor or the Department of Economics.
B. Social science electives12
Select from American studies (AMS), anthropology (ANT), bicultural-bilingual studies (BBL), criminal justice (CRJ), geography (GES), history (HIS), legal studies (PAL), philosophy (PHI), political science (POL), psychology (PSY), or sociology (SOC).
C. Lower-division or upper-division business or non-business electives30
Select 30 additional semester credit hours of lower-division or upper-division business or non-business electives which ensures that at least 39 semester credit hours of upper-division credit are earned.
Total Credit Hours81

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Economics

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate business degree requirements. This is a term-by-term sample course guide. Students must satisfy other requirements in their catalog and meet with their academic advisor for an individualized degree plan. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business (core) 13
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences (core) 3
Spring
COM 1053Business and Professional Speech (major) 3
STA 1053Basic Statistics (major) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
American History (core) 3
Creative Arts (core) 3
Second Year
Fall
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics (core) 13
Government-Political Science (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences (core) 3
Component Area Option (core) 3
Spring
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics 3
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Support coursework 3
Support coursework 3
Government-Political Science (core) 3
Third Year
Fall
ECO 3013Intermediate Microeconomics 3
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Support coursework 3
Spring
ECO 3053Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Upper-division business or non-business elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (support work) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Support coursework 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Upper-division business or non-business elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (support work) 3
Upper-division business or non-business elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (support work) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Spring
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Business or non-business elective (support work) 3
Upper-division business or non-business elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (support work) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
Upper-division ECO elective (3XXX or 4XXX level) (major) 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Minor in Economics

The Minor in Economics is open to all majors in the University. All students pursuing the Minor in Economics must complete 18 semester credit hours.

A. Required courses6
Introductory Macroeconomics
Introductory Microeconomics
B. Upper-division economics courses12
Select 12 additional semester credit hours of upper-division economics courses
Total Credit Hours18

To declare a Minor in Economics, obtain advice, and seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students must consult their academic advisor. 

Economics (ECO) Courses

ECO 2003. Economic Principles and Issues. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ECON 1301)

A nontechnical introduction to economic concepts such as scarcity, costs and benefits, supply and demand, trade, employment, and growth, with applications to current economic issues and policies. May not be counted toward a major in economics, but may be counted as a free elective for College of Business students. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Formerly titled "Introduction to Political Economy.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECO 2013. Introductory Macroeconomics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ECON 2301)

Prerequisite: ECO 2023. Economic analysis at the national level, including the determination of aggregate income and employment, operation of the domestic and international monetary systems, short-term income fluctuations, and long term economic growth. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECO 2023. Introductory Microeconomics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ECON 2302)

Prerequisite: Placement into a college-level mathematics course. An introduction to the economic theory of decision making by consumers and business firms; an analysis of the domestic and international market systems and their roles in allocating goods and services; and problems of market failure. May be applied toward the core curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ECO 3013. Intermediate Microeconomics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and MAT 1033, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C-" or better. The study of price determination in and the welfare implications of various market structures through the development of the preference theory of consumer behavior and the profit maximization theory of producer behavior. The role and welfare impact of externalities and of government intervention are also examined. (Formerly titled "Theory of Price." Credit cannot be earned for both Theory of Price and Intermediate Microeconomics). Generally offered: Fall.

ECO 3033. Economics of Managerial Decisions. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and MAT 1033, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C-" or better. Managerial economic decisions in firms and related entities. Topics include demand analysis, least-cost production, profit strategy, the influence of various market structures on the firm, advanced issues in pricing, and the impact of the international sector. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECO 3053. Intermediate Macroeconomics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 2013 and ECO 2023, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C-" or better. Analysis of the measurement, determination, and control of aggregate economic activity such as national income, output, employment, interest rates, the price level, and exchange rates. The roles of monetary and fiscal policy and their relation to income and employment, short-term income fluctuations, and long-term growth are also explored. (Formerly titled "Aggregate Economics." Credit cannot be earned for both Aggregate Economics and Intermediate Macroeconomics). Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECO 3113. Introduction to Mathematical Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and MAT 1033, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Systematic approach to economic analysis using basic mathematical tools; treatment of optimizing behavior with applications to consumer and business firms; emphasis on understanding and application of analytical techniques. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECO 3123. Introduction to Econometrics and Business Forecasting. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 3113, MAT 1033, and STA 1053 or MS 1023, or their equivalents, and with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Measurement in economics and business that strives to mix the development of technique with its application to economic analysis. Major topics include the nature of economic and business data, specific forms of modeling and forecasting, and the use of microcomputer programs in econometric modeling and forecasting. Generally offered: Spring.

ECO 3163. Evolution of Economic Thought. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Development of economic theories, models, and schools of thought from the birth of market economies to the present, with an emphasis on the historical, institutional, and social forces shaping economic thinking and public policy.

ECO 3183. Economic History of the United States. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. The growth and development of the American economy from colonial times to the present; emphasis on applying a variety of economic concepts to a topical study of the economic forces that shaped the country’s history.

ECO 3193. International Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Principles of international trade; significance of geographic, economic, social, and political influences; current problems in international trade and payments; tariffs and commercial policy; and the role of international organizations. (Formerly titled "The International Economy.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ECO 3213. Economics of Antitrust and Regulation. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Theory and practice of governmental regulation, deregulation, and privatization; economic, legal, and ethical concerns regarding private-sector output; and pricing as influenced by public policy and marketing structure.

ECO 3233. Health Economics and Policy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. The course examines and analyzes the ever changing role of healthcare and the impact on the economy and society. Social issues with respect to healthcare in the U.S. and world markets are analyzed using economics principles. Current healthcare related topics are addressed.

ECO 3253. Economics of Public and Social Issues. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. A seminar on applying economic reasoning and models to a wide variety of public, ethical, and social issues. Uses advanced techniques in political economy.

ECO 3263. Industrial Organization. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better. Theory and empirical evidence relating to the structure of American industry and its effect on the firm’s conduct and performance, government policy, and regulation.

ECO 3273. Introduction to Public Sector Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better. Role of government in the marketplace; cost-benefit analysis; spending and regulatory alternatives; efficiency and equity analysis of taxes; incentives within government; and public policy issues.

ECO 3283. Labor Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Theories of wages and employment determination; U.S. labor history, comparative labor movements, and contemporary labor problems.

ECO 3313. Money and Banking. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ECO 2013 or the equivalent. A study of money, the financial system, interest rates, commercial and central banking, monetary theory and policy implementation by the Federal Reserve, and resultant economic impacts both nationally and internationally. (Same as FIN 3313. Credit cannot be earned for both ECO 3313 and FIN 3313).

ECO 4233. Behavioral Economics and Finance. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and MAT 1033, or their equivalents, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. This course introduces the behavioral concepts and theories. Topics include prospect theory, biases in probabilistic judgment, and nudge theory. Issues on how to apply these behavioral concepts to real life, focusing on improving decision making in health, financial wealth, and happiness are addressed.

ECO 4273. Environmental and Resource Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better. Economic principles applied to natural resource and environmental problems; relationship of market and nonmarket forces to environmental quality and demands for natural resources; and development of tools for policy analysis.

ECO 4303. Economics of Developing Countries. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Specific economic problems of developing countries and national groupings; basic approaches to economic development; major proposals for accelerating development; role of planning; and trade, aid, and economic integration. (Formerly titled "Economic Problems of Developing Countries").

ECO 4543. Economics of School System Reform. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: ECO 2003, ECO 2023, or the equivalent, with a grade of "C-" or better, or consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Nontechnical applications of basic economic principles to issues facing school systems at the primary and secondary levels worldwide; including background on the evolution of current systems, analysis of critical policy issues such as inefficiencies and inequities; examination of scholars’ and policymakers’ proposals for transformative reform; and consideration of opportunities for research on the issues.

ECO 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A 3.0 College of Business grade point average, permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College of Business. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ECO 4933. Internship in Economics. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: 12 semester credit hours of upper-division economics, a 2.5 UTSA grade point average, and permission in writing from the instructor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College of Business. See academic advisor for required forms. This opportunity for work experience in research or applied economics may be undertaken either in private business or a public agency; opportunities are developed in consultation with the faculty advisor and Department Chair and require approval of both. This course will not count as a required economics course. Internships may be repeated (a total of 6 semester credit hours) provided the internships are with different organizations.

ECO 4951. Special Studies in Economics. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ECO 4953. Special Studies in Economics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Generally offered: Fall.

ECO 4993. Honors Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to students applying for Honors in Economics. Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit with advisor’s approval. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.