What will I do in my economics program?
SFU Economics Advisors Tracey Sherwood and Azam Bhatti welcomes you to SFU. Seeing students for over 20 years, they share their advice for students who want to complete a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in economics, focusing on academic and extracurricular options. SFU is an interdisciplinary university and our trimester systems makes it easier for you to customize your degree.
The courses and activities below are a starting point and you should adapt your plan to your goals. Tracey Sherwood and Azam Bhatti, have drop in office hours so you can get their advice on what you want to do in economics.
First Year ( 0 - 30 units)
Your first semester may feel like a giant leap. You could take all or some of these courses in one semester. If you are unsure, contact an SFU Academic Advisor.
ECON lower division required courses (100 and 200 level courses)
- ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)
- ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
- MATH 157 - Calculus I for the Social Sciences (3)
Additional ECON courses you could take
- ECON 102 - The World Economy (3)
- ECON 104 - Economics and Government (3)
Other courses you might take are your breadth requirements where you can chose from a variety of SFU disciplines. You may find another program that interests you and may take courses that lead to a minor, certificate, or another joint plan.
There's plenty of things you could do on campus. Here are some starting points:
- Explore student clubs such as the Economics Student Society.
- Engage in volunteer opportunities at SFU or in our community
- Join the FASS connections mentorship program
- Attend Academic Advising at SFU Student Central to explore other programs for a minor, certificate or other joint programs.
- Talk to Career Services to explore career opportunities
- Use SFU learning commons to strengthen academic skills
- Look at the COOP requirements to plan for a work placements during your degree.
Second Year (30 - 60 units)
In your second year, you will be able to declare your economics program. Talk to Tracey Sherwood and Azam Bhatti when you have met the requirements.
After you complete ECON 201 with at least a C-grade, completed 30 units, and met the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and the minimum ECON/BUEC GPA, you may apply for admission to a program in week 3 to 8 of each semester.
ECON lower division requirements
- ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior (4)
- BUEC 232 - Data and Decisions I (4)
- one additional 200 division ECON courses such as ECON 260 Environmental Economics (3), ECON 282 ST: Intro to Game Theory (3), ECON 290 Canada Microeconomics Policy (3), or ECON 291 Canada Macroeconomics Policy (3)
TIP! You can take more than one 200 level ECON course!
This is a great time to think about a possible minor or certificate to enhance your degree.
- Want to get work experience during your degree? Check out COOP.
- Have you ever wanted to live in another country? You can study abroad through international exchange. Explore universities in England, Germany, Korea, and many more countries.
- Want to improve your grades? The SFU Learning Commons offers workshops that helps you with common challenges such as exam preparation, time management, writing, and English as an Additional Language.
- Your SFU Economics Student Society has events every semester. Join them and meet fellow economics students outside of class.
Third Year (60 - 90 units)
As you start taking upper division courses, you will build on the theories that you have learned in your lower division econ courses. Your core upper division courses (BUEC 333, ECON 302, and ECON 305) will give you the foundation to explore topics in your elective courses.
This is a great time to check in with Azam Bhatti and Tracey Sherwood, your economics advisors, to make sure you are on the path to graduation.
Students in their 3rd and 4th year will be focusing on building their portfolio and exploring career options. You might be doing COOP or coming to exclusive economics career workshops.
It's not required to take all core courses in one term and you could spread out the courses in 3rd and 4th year. Look out for prerequistes (courses you need to take before taking senior courses).
ECON upper division requirements (300 and 400 level courses)
At least 30 upper division units in economics is required, including
- BUEC 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economic Data (4)
- ECON 302 - Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)
- ECON 305 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)
Electives can be any 300 level courses such as:
- ECON 310 Money and Banking (3)
- ECON 342 International Trade (3)
- ECON 345 International Finance (3)
- ECON 355W Economic Development (4)*
- and many more
*You must take one upper division W from within your major, ECON 355W fufills this university requirement or you can wait and take an ECON 400 level W course.
After you declare an economics program, come to exclusive economics workshop which includes:
- Career Workshop, exploring career paths with an economics degree,
- LinkedIn Workshop, exploring how to network with economics alumni
- Professional Photoshoot, a free photo for your online portfolio
- Alumni Speakers We bring back recent graduates to talk about their careers and to answer any questions that current students have. Past sessions included alumni from the Canada Revenue Agency, Financial Banks, Bank of Canada, and many more.
Fourth Year (90 - 120 units)
During your final year, you will be finishing up course requirements and thinking of your future.
economics upper division courses
- At least one 400 division ECON or BUEC course (excluding ECON 402, 403, 431 and 435).
During your last year, we want to make sure that you are prepared for your next steps. We offer these exclusive economics opportunities:
Exit Interviews (last semester): a one-on-one customized session that address specific or general career paths or next steps such as graduate schools. We also connect you with alumni in fields that interest you.
Alumni Networking Socials (winter and summer semesters):
We bring alumni and graduating students in for a night of networking and socializing. This allows both alumni and students to engage, exchange ideas and network in a fun filled non-threatening environment.