How is a B.A. in Economics Different from a B.S.?

If you’ve been considering an undergraduate program in economics, you may be curious about the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

In this post, we’ll explore some common differences and similarities between the two.

B.A. vs B.S. in Economics: Requirements to Graduate

In the United States, undergraduate degrees in economics typically require the same number of total credits, whether you choose a B.A. or B.S. After reviewing 20 different undergraduate-level economics programs at colleges and universities across the US, we found that all required a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.

Comparing Curriculums

Generally, as an economics undergraduate student, you’ll be required to take both introductory and intermediate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, along with at least one or more courses in statistics. Many curriculums also include courses in econometrics and economic theory.

Math requirements will commonly be one of the most notable differences between economics B.A. and B.S. programs. Generally, a B.S. will be slightly more focused on math and business-related courses, while a B.A. will be slightly more focused on social sciences.

Another common difference between B.A. and B.S. degrees in economics relates to curriculum flexibility. Often, a B.A. degree will provide slightly more flexibility, specifically allowing more elective credits when compared to a typical B.S. degree.

Of course, adding a degree minor is another great way to customize your education and build specific skills. CSU offers minors in 17 different topic areas, including:

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Political Science

A Look at Career Options

Considering that both curriculums provide very similar knowledge and skills, it’s unlikely that a potential employer would hold a preference for either a B.A. or B.S. degree in economics – and they would likely view both as equivalent.

Both B.A. and B.S. degrees in economics can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities or continuing education. Some of the industries commonly chosen by economics graduates include:

  • Business
  • Public policy
  • Real estate
  • Banking and finance
  • Government and NGO

If you have any questions about CSU’s fully online B.A. in Economics, don’t hesitate to contact our student success team, who will be happy to chat and help you determine if this program matches your education and career goals.

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