Although anyone can take economics courses, students must apply for admission to the economics major in the spring of their sophomore year. If you are a current Bucknell student interested in declaring a major in economics, please read more about the application process below.
Economics Major Admission Criteria
- Acceptance to the major is based on academic achievement in core economics courses (ECON 101*, ECON 202*, ECON 203* and ECON 204*). The Department of Economics uses normalized grades (adjusted for the class GPA) to determine which students are admitted.
- Students who apply for admission to the economics major must have completed calculus (MATH 192 or MATH 201) with a passing grade prior to their application. AP or transfer credit for Math 192 or MATH 201 will suffice to meet this requirement.
- Students must have also completed ECON 101* prior to their application. Taking additional core economics courses after ECON 101* can improve the chances of getting into the major. A student who has an AP or transfer credit for ECON 101* must have completed at least one core intermediate economics course (ECON 202*, ECON 203* or ECON 204*) prior to their application.
(*: ECON 101, ECON 202, ECON 203 and ECON 204 were formerly numbered as ECON 103, ECON 259, ECON 257 and ECON 258, respectively.)
Any applicant who did not gain admission to the economics major can reapply after they take additional core intermediate economics courses.