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U 101S    Economic Way of Thinking 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. A critical examination of the market mechanism as a social decision-making device to guide the use of a nation's resources. The limitations of these processes in light of current economic problems such as the rise of the large corporation, monopoly, environmental degradation, economic discrimination and the increasing role of the government.


U 191   Special Topics Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.


U 201S    Principles of  Microeconomics 3 cr. Offered every term. The nature of a market economy, economic decisions of the household and firm, competition and monopoly, value and price determination, distribution of income and applied microeconomic topics.


U 202S    Principles of  Macroeconomics 3 cr. Offered every term. Prereq., ECNS 201S. The determination of the level of national economic activity, inflation, economic instability, the role of money and financial institutions, and selected topics in public economic policy.


U 217X   Economic Development 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S, 202S. Study of the processes of economic growth and development in the less developed world.


U 301   Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus 3 cr. Offered spring and  autumn. Prereq., ECNS 201S and M 162 or equiv. Analysis of consumer behavior, production, factor pricing, externalities and public goods.


U 302   Intermediate Macroeconomics 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ECNS 202S (ECON 112S). Analysis of national income determination, unemployment, and inflation with emphasis on the role of fiscal and monetary policy.


U 310   Intro Health Economics 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., economics course. Survey of market forces that govern the production and consumption of medical care the U.S. market; uncertainty, asymmetric information, and concentrations of market power resulting in inefficient outcomes. Topics include cost escalations, role of medical insurance, and problems of an aging population.


U 312   Labor Economics 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S. Economic analysis of labor markets. Theories of wage determination, discrimination and poverty with implications for manpower policy.


U 313   Money and Banking 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 202S. Definition and role of money; banks and other financial institutions as suppliers of money; the federal reserve system as a regulator of money; monetary theories, history, and policy.


U 315   History of Economic Thought 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 202S. A survey of economic ideas from antiquity through the present.


U 320   Public Finance 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S. Rationale for governmental expenditure; public goods; public choice. Analysis of expenditure policy. Intergovernmental relations.


U 374   Comparative Economic Systems 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S. Comparative analysis of alternative ideal types of economic organization stressing the assumptions and values used in their critique and defense. Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Fascism.


U 391   Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.


U 392   Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., six credits in economics and consent of instr.


U 398   Internship Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Extended classroom experience that provides practical application of classroom learning during placements within the business community. The student must complete a learning agreement with a faculty member, relating the placement opportunity to his or her field of study. The department will determine the number of credits to be earned for the experience based upon the activities outlined in the learning agreement. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. The department has determined that credit for this course cannot count in the 36 credit minimum requirement for the major. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.


UG 403   Introduction to Econometrics 4 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., an introductory statistics course. Quantitative methods in economics with emphasis on regression analysis.


UG 405   Game Theory 3 cr. Offered every other autumn. Prereq., ECNS 201S. An introduction to the tools of game theory and how they are applied. In many real-world economic situations, outcomes are jointly determined where one agent's choices will affect another's welfare, and vice versa. Game theory provides a method of analyzing these economic situations where decisions are interrelated, and each agent recognizes this fact and thus makes decisions strategically.


UG 406    Industrial Organization 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S. The theoretical basis for public policy solutions to market power. Emphasis on case studies in matters of antitrust, regulation of public utilities, and public ownership of business enterprises.


UG 431  International Trade 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 301 or consent of instr. International trade: theory, policy, institutions, and issues. Analysis of comparative advantage and trade restrictions, negotiations, and agreements.


UG 433   Economics of the Environment 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S. Outlines a theoretical framework for the analysis of environmental problems, including concepts of market failure and externalities, materials balance and property rights. The policy implications of this analytical model are explored for a range of topics including pollution and the preservation of natural environments and species. Formally cross listed with EVST 440.


UG 445   International Environmental Economics and Climate Change 3 cr. Offered autumn every other year. Same as CCS 445, EVST 445. Prereq., ECNS 201S. An introduction to the economics of various policy approaches towards climate change and other international environmental issues such as trans-boundary pollution problems, international trade and the environment and pollution haven hypothesis.


UG 450   Advanced Topics in Economic Development 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., ECNS 201S, ECNS 217X, or permission of instructor. Advanced treatment of the processes of economic growth and development in the less developed world.

UG 486   Economic Research Seminar  Variable cr. (R-15) Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., consent of instr.


U 488   Research Methods and Thesis Design 2 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., senior standing, economics major. Development of senior thesis proposal; presentation of research topics and methods by economics faculty and seminar participants.


UG 491   Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.


UG 492   Independent Study Variable cr. (R-15) Offered intermittently. Prereq., 12 credits in economics and consent of instr.


U 494   Senior Seminar in Economics 2 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., senior standing, economics major; six additional credits at the upper-division level; senior standing in economics. Capstone course for economics majors.  Advanced topics in economic methodology, theory and/or public affairs.


U 499   Senior Thesis 2 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., senior standing, economics major. Completion of senior thesis; presentation of results by seminar participants.


G 501   Graduate Research Variable cr. (R-6) Offered autumn and spring.


G 511   Microeconomic Theory 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., ECNS 301. Advanced theoretical treatment of consumer and producer behavior.


G 513   Macroeconomic Theory 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., ECNS 302. Advanced theoretical treatment of national income determination, unemployment and inflation.


G 560   Advanced Econometrics 4 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., ECNS 403. Advanced quantitative methods in econometrics. Coverage of probit-logit regression models, simultaneous equation system, and other specialized techniques.


G 569   Empirical Research Design Variable cr. (R-6) Offered every term. Role and scope of empirical research. Planning and conduct of a research project.


G 595   Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.


G 596   Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently.


G 598   Internship Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of department. Extended classroom experience that provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office.


G 599   Thesis Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every term.