School of Business and Economics

BS with Major in Economics

Financial Problem Solving—With Purpose

Start with an economics degree, go just about anywhere. Michigan Tech's Bachelor of Science in Economics begins with a strong theoretical and analytical foundation; the curriculum then broadens to include business, engineering, science, mathematics, and other social sciences. The result is an incredibly well rounded educational experience—and graduates who are prepared to examine and solve high-level business, economic, and social problems.

About the Program: The Michigan Tech Advantage

Studying economics at a university with prominent technology, engineering, and science programs is a real value. You’ll benefit from Michigan Tech’s unique cross-discipline collaboration and gain the experience you need to build an amazing résumé.

  • With a wide range of field courses such as econometrics, environmental and natural resource economics, game theory, public sector economics, and international economics, you can design your studies around your interests.
  • Economics majors also have the opportunity to take finance courses and join the Applied Portfolio Management Program.
  • Gain real-world experience through peer collaboration with our senior-level Business Development Experience —developing and presenting a business plan for a Senior Design or Enterprise project.
  • The Silicon Valley Spring Break experience is a one-of-a-kind trip available exclusively to School of Business and Economics students. Travel to the heart of the tech business world, tour top-level companies like Google and Cisco, meet with successful entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Our program will prepare you well for graduate study in economics, law, business administration, and public administration.
  • Get involved with student organizations that fit your interests and offer great résumé experience, such as the Entrepreneurs Club and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.

Career Pathways

Whether you’re building your foundation for graduate or law school or preparing for a career, an economics degree from Michigan Tech will get you there. Career potential for economics majors is high in the educational, energy, environmental, financial, insurance, government, and retail sectors.

What can I do with an economics degree?

  • Budget analyst
  • Statistician
  • Economist
  • Marketing assistant
  • Financial assistant
  • Leasing consultant
  • Administrative assistant
  • Loan officer
  • Project administrator
  • Teller
  • Consultant
  • Law school or advanced education

Student Learning Goals

Per the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), assessment of student learning is critical to the continuous improvement of our academic program. To develop a strong assessment, the School of Business and Economics established seven student learning goals all SBE undergraduates should achieve by graduation:  These learning goals were designed to align with the SBE's mission statement.  We emphasize direct, embedded assessment of student work in our courses.   As part of our overall curriculum management, these assessment results enable us to identify opportunities to improve courses and curricula, and teaching practices.

  1. Critical Analysis 
  2. Technical Competence
  3. Ethical Awareness
  4. Team Work
  5. Effective Communication
  6. Global Leadership
  7. Disciplinary Knowledge
    a. Demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of economic theory and its application to selected fields of study.
    b. Demonstrate a satisfactory ability to do economic modeling and analysis.
    c. Demonstrate a satisfactory ability to do both oral and written professional communication of economic analysis.