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The Economics program begins with the Pre-Economics Division in which students take prerequisite courses to gain admission to the Upper Division level of the major, as described below. Students typically enter Upper Division Economics in the fourth semester.

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(4) ENGL 10600 (First -Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)* (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) MA 15300 (Algebra and Trigonometry I)* (3) ECON 25100 (Microeconomics)*
(3) Other Languages (Level IV)*† (3) MA 15400 (Algebra and Trigonometry II)
(3) Western Heritage* (3) Natural Science*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester‡
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus) (3) ECON 34000 (Intermediate Microeconomics), Note A
(3) CS 23500 (Introduction to Organizational Computing) (3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)*
(3) ECON 25200 (Macroeconomics)* (3) Aesthetic Awareness*
(3) United States Tradition* (3) Economics requirement, Note C
(3) Natural Science Laboratory* (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) ECON 35200 (Intermediate Macroeconomics), Note A (3) Economics requirement (Note B)
(3) Economics requirement, Note B (3) Economics requirement (Note B)
(3) Economics requirement, Note C (3) Economics requirement (Note C)
(3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity* (1) Global Perspective*
(6) Electives (6) Electives
(18)   (18)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Economics requirement (Note B) (3) Economics requirement, (Note B)
(3) Economics requirement (Note B) (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Gender Issues* (9) Electives
(6) Electives    
(18)   (15)  

Economics Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

‡Admission to Upper-Division Economics 
The following are the Economics Admission Index (EAI) courses:  ENGL 10600/10800, COM 11400, MA 15300 and 15400 (or equivalent), ECON 25100, MA 22000 (or higher level), and CS 23500. Students who have completed all of the EAI courses with an EAI GPA of 2.75 or higher, have earned a “C” or higher in all EAI courses and are not on probation are automatically admitted to Upper Division Economics. Students who have completed all of the EAI courses with a “C” or higher but earned an EAI GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 will be reviewed by the faculty to determine admission to Upper Division. A maximum of three EAI courses may be repeated one time each for a grade. Grades of “F” earned in any EAI or ECON course may only be retaken at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

A. ECON 34000 and 35200 must be taken at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

B. Select six Economics courses from the 30000, 40000 or 50000 level (except 51100, 51200, 51300, 51400 or 51500). At least four of the courses must be taken at Purdue University, West Lafayette. No more than three upper-division ECON courses may be taken per semester unless the student has at least a 2.75 overall GPA.

C. Select one concentration from the following areas: Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology or Statistics. See department advisor for a listing of course options in those areas.
D. Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all Economics courses taken for the major.