Undergraduate Program Quantitative Economics

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Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics (BSQE) is the major of choice for anyone seeking to pursue a graduate degree in Economics. The major provides intensive training for jobs that require quantitative skills. The curriculum combines both economic and mathematics proficiencies in policy considerations. The curriculum combines economic, data science, and mathematics proficiencies in policy considerations.

Students who do well in this program may be considered for the department’s master’s degree. If students meet the requirements for consideration to apply for PSU's master's program, up to 15 credits of economics electives numbered 500 and above may be taken by BSQE students. This satisfies both undergraduate and graduate credit.

Degree Details

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Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree: Why PSU?

The BSQE prepares students to complete both an Economics BS and MS in approximately 5 years. BSQE students with a strong economics record are likely to be admitted to a graduate degree program. For those wanting to pursue a Master's degree, this program is shorter and more cost-effective than the traditional pathway to a Master's degree.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics?

Students who take the Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics have several paths to take with this major. These included continued academics and business opportunities:

  • Enter PSU’s Master’s in Economics
  • Other graduate programs
  • Business/financial analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Government employment

Featured Courses

Students in the BSQE must earn 79 total credits. 51 credits are required economics and math/stats classes.

There are seven required core courses for 28 credits:

  • EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC 415 Microeconomic Theory with Calculus
  • EC 312 Macroeconomic Theory
  • EC 380 Introduction to Mathematical Economics
  • EC 460 History of Economic Thought
  • EC 469 Introduction to Econometrics

There are seven required math/statistics courses for 23 credits:

  • MTH 251 Calculus I
  • MTH 252 Calculus II
  • MTH 261 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MTH 254 Calculus IV
  • STAT 451 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
  • STAT 452 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II


A minimum total of 28 credits of 300- and 400-level coursework in economics can include these and many other relevant elective courses:

  • EC 321U Fundamentals of Game Theory
  • EC 340 International Economics
  • EC 420 Money and Banking
  • EC 427 Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • EC 435 Public Spending and Debt Policy
  • EC 437 Public Utility Economics
  • EC 476 Implementing Econometrics using Stata and R


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).