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(Bachelor of Science)

Economics focuses on the allocation and distribution of scarce resources. As a social science, economics is fundamentally about people — their needs, wants and behavior, and the institutions they construct.

As a discipline focusing on scarcity, economics includes the study of organizations and institutions that influence resource allocation, including businesses, governments, households, product markets, and the markets for land, labor, capital, and innovation, among others. Understanding these organizations provides insights into issues such as inflation, unemployment, government regulation, environmental degradation, poverty, and sustainable economic systems with or without growth.

Students who major or minor in Economics receive training in quantitative methods, economic theory, and applied economic analysis. Students can tailor their academic programs to fit their particular strengths, interests, and career goals.

Many Economics majors at UW-Green Bay choose a minor or second major in Business Administration with emphases in marketing or finance. Other students select minors in one of the social science programs, Environmental Science, or the humanities.

The broad training received by Economics students in incentive-based decision making creates a variety of career opportunities. Many UW-Green Bay Economics majors enter careers in business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations directly after graduation. Individuals trained in economics are frequently employed by banks and investment firms, government agencies, market research firms, insurance companies, management consulting firms, advertising agencies, labor unions, and as private entrepreneurs. Economics graduates have been employed in real estate, land use planning, financial planning, credit and collection, advertising, management, statistics, systems analysis, politics and public administration. Many go on to graduate schools, where they receive advanced training in such fields as business, economics, law, public policy, and urban studies.

Students may also desire to become certified teachers. In such cases, programs should be designed jointly with appropriate advisers in both the Economics and Education programs at UW-Green Bay.

Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.