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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.  with major in economics with its more pronounced quantitative emphasis may be the best fit.

Who should consider the B.A. in economics?

Students who:

  • 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 ECON 3500 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. in economics?

Students who:

  • 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 ECON 3500 Econometrics
  • are beginning the program “early” and can comfortably complete all the requirements

Learning Goals

Learning goals for students in the economics B.S. program.

Major requirements


  • Sales Representative
  • Development Officer
  • Consultant
  • Marketing Director
  • Practice Supervisor
  • General Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Research Analyst
  • Quantitative Investment Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Financial Trade Analyst
  • Treasury Analyst

Where alumni work

  • Metlife
  • The Vanguard Group
  • Merrill Lynch
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Organizing for America
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • U.S Census Bureau
  • Boston Consulting Group

Graduate Schools

  • Johns Hopkins Univeristy
  • Boston College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • Columbia University
  • University of Texas
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • George Washington University
  • City University of New York
  • Cornell University
  • American University
  • University of Vermont Medical Center

Related Information


Economics is the study of how individuals and societies provide for material needs and wants. Economic thinking comes into play in a wide range of settings, from business decision-making to the argument of legal cases in the courts.

Requirements for the Minor in Economics