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Because Economics is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, our courses not only provide high-quality core theory and mathematical/statistical methods, but also include focus areas and elective courses that explore a variety of applications, including international trade and globalization, economic development, inequality and sustainability, and the law.

You can take our online courses alongside your campus-based courses. This flexibility allows you to complete the economics degree efficiently and on your schedule.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

48 Credit Hours: 36 credits in economics, plus 12 allied credits in designated departments outside of economics. (This does not include gen ed/bachelor degree requirements or the university's 122-hour rule.)

Students can expect to complete the major-specific Economics and allied work in three to four semesters, at 12 - 15 credits per semester.

Bachelor of Science. Students are eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree if they do the requisite language work required by the University.

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Students are required to take the core courses listed below. They can then tailor their degree to meet their interests through their choice of focus areas, electives, and allied credit. Required minimum credit hours: 48 (36 in economics plus 12 allied). At least 18 hours of economics courses must be completed at the University of Utah.

Core Courses

ECON 2010

Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 2020

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 3620

Mathematics for Economists

ECON 3640

Probability and Statistical Inference for Economists

ECON 4010

Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 4020

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Additional Courses

  • Focus Areas: Students must also take courses in 2 of 3 focus areas (econometrics, economic history, and history of economic thought),
  • Electives: Students take four open, upper-division electives in economics.
  • Allied Credit: Students must take 12 hours of allied credit in upper-division courses outside of economics.

See the Economics Degree Checklist for more information.


*Effective Fall 2024. Subject to change without notice.

For an estimate of the full course, use the TUITION Estimator

New students enrolling in UOnline beginning Fall 2024 may be able to apply university employee tuition reduction in some situations. For more information please email us at

Economics students have a wide range of career options. The major in economics prepares you for a successful career in academia, private business, government, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. Many of our students go on to take jobs in fields like health care administration, analytics, and market research, as well as public-sector and non-profit work. Economics also offers excellent preparation for graduate or professional school, such as programs in law, public policy, and business administration.

For more information on the career and earnings potential of an economics degree, visit the American Economic Association website.

Transfer credit accepted by the university will be evaluated by the department with regard to credit toward the major. The core work in economics is fairly similar across universities, so principles, intermediate theory, math and stat courses often transfer for credit in the major. Economics electives may transfer for credit even if the University of Utah does not offer the specific elective course in question, as long as the course is clearly designed for Economics majors. To transfer for allied credit, courses must be taken at the upper division level in a suitable department.


Last Updated: 6/3/24