The economics department at UVM offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) track: the best degree for you depends upon your abilities, interests and goals. If using an analytical approach to explain social phenomena is attractive to you, then the B.A. is probably the choice for you. If you gravitate to rigorous courses in mathematics and science, it is possible that the B.S. in economics with its more pronounced quantitative emphasis may be the best fit.
Who should consider the B.A.?
- want to take a second major or more than one minor; this is easier to do with the BA.
- want to stop after one semester of calculus
- do not want to take EC 200 Econometrics
- are coming to the program “late” and need to fit all the classes into the amount of time remaining
Who should consider the B.S.?
- want more credits in economics rather than a second major or more than one minor
- want to take additional calculus and linear algebra
- definitely want to take EC 200 Econometrics
- are beginning the program “early” and can comfortably complete all the requirements
Learning goals for students in the economics B.A. program.