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Bachelor of Science in Economics (College of Humanities and Sciences)

Bachelor of Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Economics is the science of human choice, the study of how individuals and businesses allocate scarce resources among competing uses. As an economics major, you’ll gain an understanding of markets and incentives, and learn to evaluate current events and assess public policy. From our gateway course to our capstone programs, you’ll develop the analytical and communication skills valued by employers. Our curriculum focuses on applying quantitative and data analysis expertise to address business, public policy, and socioeconomic concerns. We also help you build and refine your communication skills, preparing you to present your work professionally with confidence.


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Program Credit Requirements
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Applicable Admissions Agreements
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Institution Name Type Title
Wytheville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Tidewater Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
New River Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
John Tyler Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Germanna Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Eastern Shore Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Danville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University

You can view the full text of these Agreements in the Resource Center

Key Program Guidance
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Number of Transfer Students
2127.0
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Percent of Transfer Students
VCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their ...see moreVCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their previous institution. Some degree programs like Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Engineering have more competitive GPA requirements. Admission to programs in VCU Arts is also based on an evaluation of additional application materials and may be more competitive. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned semester hours will also be reviewed based on their high school GPA.
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by the student's first semester of attendance at VCU.
What is The Impact of Work I Have Already Completed?
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Students who earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Science, or General Education Certificate from the Virginia Community College System or Richard Bland College may be eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Students with one of these degrees may also be eligible to have the majority of their general education requirements waived.

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, or Associate of Science degree or the General Education Certificate before enrolling at VCU will have their General Education requirements waived.
Dual Enrollment - Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with HS Students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, or Associate of Science degree or the General Education Certificate before enrolling at VCU will have their General Education requirements waived.
Credit for Prior Learning http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-study/admission-university/additional-sources-of-credit/
Is This Degree Right For Me?
Is This College Right For Me? VCU is a large, research-driven institution nestled on two campuses in downtown Richmond, Virginia, offering a vast array of degree programs from arts to dental hygiene to engineering to education. VCU students have access to hundreds of student organizations, which is a great way to connect with others whether or not you choose to live in one of our many on-campus residence halls. Take advantage of VCU's location with access to the James River and its park system, internship and job opportunities, community engagement, and interstates to travel to the beach, the mountains, and Washington, D.C..
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Complete the Associate of Arts & Sciences or Associate of Science in Business Administration to best prepare for this degree.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Virginia Commonwealth University within your first year via College Connect
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Virginia Commonwealth University
Transfer Statistics
Number of Transfer Students 2127
Percent of Accepted Transfer Students

VCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their previous institution. Some degree programs like Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Engineering have more competitive GPA requirements. Admission to programs in VCU Arts is also based on an evaluation of additional application materials and may be more competitive. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned semester hours will also be reviewed based on their high school GPA.

Do More With Your Degree
Program Successes & Highlights Because of their analytical, quantitative and decision-making skills, students who major in economics are sought after for a wide array of positions in management and sales. In particular, the specific skills economics majors acquire provide employment opportunities in large organizations that forecast business conditions and analyze economic data.
Graduation Statistics for Major
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This Section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please check with the individual institutions for detailed advice.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeBusiness Management, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeBusiness Administration, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business Administration - Spec in Business Information TechAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAAS Degree in Business ManagementAssociateAssociate in Applied Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAA&S Degree in Arts and Sciences - Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Business Administration, Major in EconomicsBachelorBachelor of Business Administration4-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Management - Small Business Management SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Business ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociates of Applied Science2-Year
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociates of Arts & Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityEconomics-BSBABachelorBS in Business Admin.4-Year
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts & Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies-Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business Administration AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, Major in Business AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management, Major in Business AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Richard Bland College of William & MaryAssociate of Science-Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science-Business Administration2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-1063.00Economics Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3011.00EconomistsConduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3011.01Environmental EconomistsConduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-2054.00Financial Risk SpecialistsAnalyze and measure exposure to credit and market risk threatening the assets, earning capacity, or economic state of an organization. May make recommendations to limit risk.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1111.00Management AnalystsConduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
19-3022.00Survey ResearchersPlan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations