ECON - Economics

Scott K. Metlen, Dept. Head, Department of Business (301F J. A. Albertson Bldg. 83844-3161; phone 208/885-7146).


Notes:  No course (CBE or outside the college) that is required in a CBE student's curriculum may be taken by CBE undergraduates on a P/F basis, with the exception of courses that are taught only on a P/F basis.  Only upper-division CBE courses used as free electives may be taken by CBE undergraduates on a P/F basis.

The combination of credits for ECON 201, ECON 202, and ECON 272 may not exceed 6 credits.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in 300- and 400-level economics courses is restricted to students who have completed at least 58 credits.  In addition, CBE students must have earned at least a 2.4 GPA in the CBE predictor courses.  Students who have not completed the prerequisites to a course for which they are otherwise eligible may register for the course with the instructor's approval.


ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics

Econ 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Econ 201 and 202 may be taken in either order. Organization and operation of American economy; supply and demand, money and banking, macroeconomic analysis of employment, aggregate output and inflation, public finance, and economic growth. Econ 201 or 202 carry only two cr after 272. May involve some evening exams.

ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics

Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

Econ 201 and 202 may be taken in either order. Microeconomic principles governing production, price relationships, and income distribution. Econ 201 or 202 carry only two cr after 272. May involve some evening exams.

ECON 204 Special Topics

Econ 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

ECON 272 Foundations of Economic Analysis

Econ 272 Foundations of Economic Analysis (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Social Science

One-semester introductory course on the principles of economics, covering both micro- and macro- concepts, theory, analysis, and applications. May involve evening exams. Carries no credit after Econ 201 and 202; carries 3 credits after either Econ 201 or 202. Students who have successfully completed this course, have not completed Econ 340, and later decide to major in economics are required, in consultation with the advisor, to take either Econ 201 or 202 for 2 credits.

ECON 298 Internship

Econ 298 (s) Internship (cr arr)

ECON 299 Directed Study

Econ 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

ECON 340 Managerial Economics

Econ 340 Managerial Economics (3 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. This course covers the fundamental economic principles in applied business decisions from both micro and macroeconomic perspectives.

Prereq: Econ 201 and Econ 202; or Econ 272

ECON 343 Money and Banking

Econ 343 Money and Banking (3 cr)

Influence of money and banking on economic activity; influence of monetary policies to achieve society's economic goals. May include evening exams.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272

ECON 351 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis

Econ 351 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (3 cr)

Theory of the economy as a whole; national income accounting as a tool of analysis; national output and income, employment, price levels, and growth. May include evening exams.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272, or Permission

ECON 352 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis

Econ 352 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (3 cr)

Theory of the consumer, firm, industry, market, price determination, and allocation of productive resources.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272 or Permission

ECON 385 Environmental Economics

Econ 385 Environmental Economics (3 cr)

Theory of externalities and public goods, and application of economic principles to environmental issues.

Prereq: Econ 202 or 272 or Permission

ECON 398 Economics Internship Program

Econ 398 (s) Economics Internship Program (1-3 cr, max 6)

Enrollment restricted to economics majors; may not be used to fulfill upper-division economics requirement in any of the three economics degree programs. Graded P/F. Relevant learning experience in business and government.

Prereq: Permission

ECON 400 Seminar

Econ 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

ECON 404 Special Topics

Econ 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

ECON 407 Public Finance

Econ 407 Public Finance (3 cr)

Role of government in a market economy; public choice and collective decision-making; tax-shifting and incidence; structure and economics of federal taxes; governmental budgeting; public debt; special topics.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272

ECON 415 Market Structure and Governmental Policy

Econ 415 Market Structure and Governmental Policy (3 cr)

Analysis of economic behavior under different market structures, e.g., competition, monopoly, oligopoly, monopsony, oligopsony, bilateral monopoly and cartels; theory of contestable markets; antitrust; regulation; selected case studies.

Prereq: Econ 202 or Econ 272 or Permission

ECON 441 Labor Economics

Econ 441 Labor Economics (3 cr)

Structure and composition of the labor force, wages and employment, human resources, income-maintenance program, and related policy issues.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272

ECON 446 International Economics

Econ 446 International Economics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Analysis of international trade and financial transactions; trade policy; foreign exchange markets; adjustment processes; and international monetary system. May include evening exams.

Prereq: Econ 201 and 202, or Econ 272

ECON 447 International Development Economics

Econ 447 International Development Economics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: International

Same as AgEc 447 and LAS 447. Characteristics of development; historical perspective; macroeconomic theories and policies: models of growth, poverty, inequality, trade, aid and debt; microeconomic theories and policy: health, nutrition and education, agriculture, rural markets for land, labor and credit, and corruption

Prereq: Econ 201 and Econ 202; or Econ 272; or Permission

ECON 453 Econometrics

Econ 453 Econometrics (3 cr)

Same as Stat 433. Application of statistical methods to economics and business studies; emphasis on regression analysis methods.

Prereq: Stat 251 or Stat 301

ECON 490 Economic Theory and Policy

Econ 490 Economic Theory and Policy (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

A capstone course for economics majors. Integrates theory, quantitative methods, and policy in the economics major; will involve independent research projects.

Prereq: Econ 351, Econ 352, and Econ 453

ECON 499 Directed Study

Econ 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

ECON 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Econ 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

ECON 501 Seminar

Econ 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

ECON 502 Directed Study

Econ 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

ECON 504 Special Topics

Econ 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

ECON 527 Mathematics for Economists

Econ 527 Mathematics for Economists (3 cr)

Same as AgEc 527. Applications of linear algebra and calculus to market, macroeconomic, and firm models for comparative static equilibrium and constrained optimization analysis. Econ 527 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall Only)

ECON 599 Non-thesis Master's Research

Econ 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission