Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Economics - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria - B.A.
Completion of a minimum of 30 university credit hours.
Completion of MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in two or more economics courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Acceptance Criteria - Minor
Completion of a minimum of 30 university credit hours.
Completion of MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in two or more economics courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall

For undergraduates, the department does rolling admissions; students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have fulfilled the acceptance criteria.

Acceptance Criteria - B.A./M.A.
Students must apply for and be accepted into both the undergraduate economics major and the M.A. in economics program.

Acceptance Criteria - B.A./M.S.
Students must apply for and be accepted into both the undergraduate economics major and the M.S. in economics program.

Acceptance Information
Deadlines: Rolling
Percentage of applicants accepted: 90%
Number of majors currently enrolled: 256
Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Suggested Introductory Courses
  • ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I

ECO 181 and ECO 182 can be taken in any order.

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 275-375
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 30-50
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15-45

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The department's faculty is distinguished for its research and teaching accomplishments. All members of the faculty hold the Ph.D. degree and are engaged in ongoing research projects that are reflected directly or indirectly in their teaching. The department is home to the Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development (HEAD). The Center was chosen as one of the pillars of the Civic Engagement and Public Policy area of strength in the UB 2020 Strategic Plan. The Center is funded by a major faculty development award from the New York Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). The Center has had notable achievements, including an inaugurating conference attended by Nobel laureates. The Center houses the editorial office of the new Journal of Human Capital, which is published by the University of Chicago Press and is fast becoming nationally and internationally recognized as a leading economics journal.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

Most of our students pursue a BA in Economics, but we also offer Economics-Mathematics and Economics-Geography joint majors, or you can create your own joint major. The department also offers these combined degree programs: BA/MA in Economics and BA/MS in Economics.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

ECO 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching is a way for students who are sufficiently qualified to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Application forms are available outside the Department Office (415 Fronczak Hall).

Undergraduate Teaching assistants have responsibility for recitation sections in ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics and ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics, answering questions from students, preparing and grading quizzes, maintaining student records and participating in the preparation of final grades.

ECO 496 Internship in Economics allows students to obtain economics credit for paid or unpaid work in a company or government agency in the Buffalo area or elsewhere. Past internships have been at Merrill Lynch, M&T Bank, and Buffalo and Erie County government offices, for example. The internship must be in a field related to economics, and your duties cannot be solely administrative or only involve data entry.

You must obtain prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The internship supervisor must send the Director a detailed description of your duties, the start and end times of the internship, and the expected number of hours worked per week. The Director will review the internship duties and determine whether they are appropriate for ECO 496. If the internship is approved for credit, you must maintain a weekly diary of activities and compile a report at the conclusion of the internship outlining your experiences and how they relate to economics. Also, the supervisor must send to the Director a report evaluating your performance. The Director will then assign you a grade.

ECO 498 Undergraduate Research provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in research under the supervision of a faculty member. The first step is to find a professor with whom the student can work on a research project. The Director of Undergraduate Studies must then approve the project.

To be considered for undergraduate research, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory, ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory, and ECO 480 Econometrics I.

ECO 499 Independent Study is intended to assist a student in pursuing a specific knowledge area in economics when no course in that area is currently offered, or when depth in that area beyond the course offerings is desired. To apply, a student must have at least a B average in his or her economics courses. There must be a well formulated project and/or an outline of a course of study, and a prior agreement with a particular faculty member who will supervise the work.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Students that have satisfied the following requirements are eligible for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honors society in economics: economics and overall GPAs of at least 3.0; and at least 12 credits in economics courses. More information is available here.

Department Honors
The Economics Department will nominate for Honors in Economics majors who have taken ECO 406 Topics in Microeconomics and whose GPA in Economics is at least 3.25 (Honors), 3.50 (High Honors) or 3.75 (Highest Honors).

Extracurricular Activities

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39