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Department of Economics | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2023

Economics Major

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Program admission is limited. Entry is via a formal department application. Students may apply for admission to a program once 30 units have been completed, ECON 201 is completed with at least a C- grade, and the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is met and the ECON program GPA is met.

The department announces the minimum CGPA below which students will not normally be considered for admission to its programs.

Applications with appropriate documentation should be filed with the departmental advisor. Students not accepted upon initial application may reapply.

Continuation in Program

To continue in an economics program, students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Course Information

For a course to fulfil a prerequisite, or for a required course to be accepted in a student’s economics program, a grade of C- or higher must be obtained.

Access to ECON 402, 403, 435 and 499W is restricted to students who have excelled in their studies (see ECON course descriptions). These advanced courses are recommended for students wishing to pursue more challenging work or who plan to complete an additional degree.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

In order to graduate from any ECON major, joint major, minor, or extended minor program, students must have a minimum ECON cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 and a minimum ECON cumulative upper division grade point average (CUDGPA) of 2.0, calculated on all ECON courses completed at SFU.

All major students must meet BA degree requirements as described in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences section.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete the following prior to program admission with at least a C- grade (unless otherwise indicated).

ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value, price and costs, factor analysis, productivity, labor organization, competition and monopoly, and the theory of the firm. Students with credit for ECON 200 cannot take ECON 103 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Douglas Allen
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D104 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D105 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D106 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D107 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D108 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D110 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D111 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D112 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D114 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D115 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D116 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D200 Gordon Myers
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D201 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D202 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D203 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D204 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D205 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D206 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D207 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D208 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D209 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D210 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D212 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D214 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D215 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D216 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
or ECON 113 - Introduction to Microeconomics (3) *

Focused on basic competencies in microeconomics, this course is suitable for business and other students not intending to specialize in economics. Topics include gains from trade, supply and demand, prices, competition and monopoly, market failures, and government policies. Economic literacy is an important part of the course. Students who have taken ECON 103 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joshua Boitnott
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D108 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
D110 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning money and income, distribution, social accounts, public finance, international trade, comparative systems, and development and growth. Students with credit for ECON 205 cannot take ECON 105 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dave Cox
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D104 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D107 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D108 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D109 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D110 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D111 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D112 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D113 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D114 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D200 Martin Santamaria
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D201 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D202 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D203 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D204 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D205 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D206 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D207 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D208 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D209 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D210 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D211 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D212 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D213 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D214 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D900 Vasyl Golovetskyy
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5080, Surrey
or ECON 115 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (3) *

Focused on basic competencies in macroeconomics, this course is suitable for business and other students not intending to specialize in economics. Topics include GDP, economic growth, business cycles, unemployment, inflation, money, monetary and fiscal policies, exchange rates, government debt, globalization and trade policy. Economic literacy is an important part of the course. Students who have taken ECON 105 first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joshua Boitnott
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D103 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D105 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D107 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D108 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
D110 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior (4)

Aspects of microeconomic theory involving competitive markets. Topics include the behavior of households and firms, partial equilibrium analysis of product and factor markets, and general equilibrium. Prerequisite: ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 105 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A-; MATH 157 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for ECON 301 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christoph Luelfesmann
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D105 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D106 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D107 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D108 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D200 Alexander Karaivanov
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
D201 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D203 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D204 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D205 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D206 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D207 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
MATH 157 - Calculus I for the Social Sciences (3)

Designed for students specializing in business or the social sciences. Topics include: limits, growth rate and the derivative; logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions and their application to business, economics, optimization and approximation methods; introduction to functions of several variables with emphasis on partial derivatives and extrema. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 151 or 154 may not take MATH 157 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marni Julie Mishna
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D400 Justin Chan
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 5280, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD

Students must also complete

BUS 232 - Business Statistics (3)

An introduction to business statistics (descriptive and inferential statistics) with a heavy emphasis on applications and the use of EXCEL. Students will be required to use statistical applications to solve business problems. Corequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. Students with credit for BUEC 232 or ECON 233 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mohammad Ghotboddini
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D200 Hamideh Shokoohian
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 5240, Surrey
E100 Negar Ganjouhaghighi
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
OP01 Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP02 We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP04 Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP05 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP07 We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP08 Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP09 TBD
OP10 TBD
or ECON 233 - Introduction to Economic Data and Statistics (3)

Introduces statistical methods, concepts and their application to economic data using both spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and a specialized statistical programming language such as R. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with ECON 233. Students who have taken ECON 333 first may not then take this course for further credit. STAT 270 or BUS 232 will be accepted in lieu of this course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Krauth
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D104 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D105 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D106 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D107 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby

and

ECON 220W - Communication in Economics (4)

Examine and review today's global economy through critical analysis of differing perspectives. Develop techniques and strategies for clear and effective written and oral communication of economic ideas. Improve critical and analytical thinking via the application of core principles to news stories or other economic data in writing and presentations. Prerequisite: ECON 201 with a minimum grade of C-, minimum 30 units and no more than 80 units. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2503, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D102 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D200 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D201 Mo, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D202 Mo, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D300 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
D301 Mo, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D302 Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D400 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D401 Mo, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D402 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D500 Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
D501 Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D502 Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D600 Mo, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D601 Mo, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D602 Mo, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D700 We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
D701 We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D702 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D800 We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
D801 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D802 We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby

and one additional 200 division ECON course (other than ECON 201, 220W, and 233)

Students who earn a grade of A- or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in ECON 201 are exempt from the requirement of one additional 200 division ECON course. These students should see Early Access to Upper Division Courses below for additional program information.

* ECON 113 and ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A- on first attempt

Upper Division Requirements

Normally, major students will include 45 upper division units in their last 60 units of work that is counted towards the degree.

At least 30 upper division units in economics is required, including

ECON 302 - Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)

Aspects of microeconomic theory concerned with strategic behavior, imperfect information, and market failure. Topics include game theory and oligopoly; uncertainty and insurance; asymmetric information and market power, externalities and public goods, together with related issues in welfare economics. Prerequisite: ECON 201 with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shih En Lu
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D102 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D104 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D105 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D106 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D108 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D109 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
ECON 305 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Concepts and methods of analysis of macroeconomic variables -- consumption, investment, government and foreign trade. Classical and Keynesian models compared; analysis of economic statics and dynamics. Prerequisite: ECON 201 with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 103 and 105 at Simon Fraser University at their first attempt can complete ECON 305 concurrently with ECON 201 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll on this basis must contact the undergraduate advisor in economics. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Knowles
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D103 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D105 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D106 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D107 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D108 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D109 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economic Data (4)

An introduction to the use and interpretation of statistical analysis in the context of data typical of economic applications. Prerequisite: ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 105 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 233 or BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270, MATH 157, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 can take ECON 333 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll based on their ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 grade must contact the undergraduate advisor in economics. Students with credit for BUEC 333 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marie Rekkas
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D103 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D104 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D107 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D108 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D109 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D110 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby

and at least one 400 division ECON course (excluding ECON 402, 403, 431 and 435).

Early Access to Upper Division Courses

Students normally cannot enter ECON upper division courses during the first 60 units, but for those who have the minimum Simon Fraser University grade point average required to access upper division ECON courses, the following exceptions are permitted.

Students who earn a grade of A- or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in ECON 201 may enroll in ECON 302 and 305, and all courses for which they have satisfied the prerequisites, once 30 units is completed.

Students who earn an A- grade or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in ECON 233 or BUS 232 or STAT 270 may enroll in ECON 333 once they have completed 30 units. These upper division courses will count towards Department of Economics and Simon Fraser University upper division requirements. See ECON course descriptions for access information.

Concentration in Economic Data Analysis

Students qualify for this concentration by completing six required courses of which at least four must be ECON courses.

Students complete

ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economic Data (4)

An introduction to the use and interpretation of statistical analysis in the context of data typical of economic applications. Prerequisite: ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 105 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A-; ECON 233 or BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270, MATH 157, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 can take ECON 333 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll based on their ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 grade must contact the undergraduate advisor in economics. Students with credit for BUEC 333 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marie Rekkas
Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D103 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D104 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D107 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D108 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D109 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D110 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby

one of

BUS 232 - Business Statistics (3)

An introduction to business statistics (descriptive and inferential statistics) with a heavy emphasis on applications and the use of EXCEL. Students will be required to use statistical applications to solve business problems. Corequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. Students with credit for BUEC 232 or ECON 233 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mohammad Ghotboddini
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D200 Hamideh Shokoohian
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 5240, Surrey
E100 Negar Ganjouhaghighi
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
OP01 Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP02 We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP04 Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP05 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP07 We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP08 Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP09 TBD
OP10 TBD
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economic Data and Statistics (3)

Introduces statistical methods, concepts and their application to economic data using both spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and a specialized statistical programming language such as R. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with ECON 233. Students who have taken ECON 333 first may not then take this course for further credit. STAT 270 or BUS 232 will be accepted in lieu of this course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Krauth
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D104 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D105 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D106 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D107 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Basic laws of probability, sample distributions. Introduction to statistical inference and applications. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158, with a minimum grade of C-. Students wishing an intuitive appreciation of a broad range of statistical strategies may wish to take STAT 100 first. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sessional
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D900 Sessional
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SRYC 2750, Surrey
SRYC 2750, Surrey
OL01 Distance Education
OP01 TBD
OP09 TBD

and at least four of

CMPT 129 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Mathematics and Statistics (3)

A second course in computing science and programming intended for students studying mathematics, statistics or actuarial science and suitable for students who already have some background in computing science and programming. Topics include: a review of the basic elements of programming: use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; fundamental algorithms and problem solving; basic object-oriented programming and software design; computation and computability and specification and program correctness. Prerequisite: CMPT 102 or CMPT 120, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMPT 125 or 135 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

ECON 334 - Data Visualization and Economic Analysis (3)

Explores how to recognize and learn from patterns in data using modern statistical software for the purpose of economic analysis. Introduces students to techniques for managing, visualizing, and analyzing data to answer real-world economic questions. Prerequisite: ECON 233 or BUS 232 or STAT 270 or POL 201, with a minimum grade of C-; ECON 103 with a minimum grade of C-, or ECON 113 with a minimum grade of A-, or ECON 105 with a minimum grade of C-, or ECON 115 with a minimum grade of A-. Students with credit for POL 390, STAT 341, or STAT 452 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ECON 387 under the title "Applied Data Analysis" may not take this course for further credit.

ECON 335 - Cause and Effect in Economic Data (3)

Provides an introduction to statistical methods used to analyze causal questions and evaluate policies. Discusses various approaches to drawing causal inferences from observational data. Corequisite: ECON 333. Students who have taken ECON 480 first may not then take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simon Woodcock
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2506, Burnaby
ECON 428 - Seminar in Experimental and Behavioural Economics (3)

This is a seminar course covering topics in behavioural and experimental economics, and their implications for economic, business, markets, and policy. Prerequisite: ECON 302, ECON 305, both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

ECON 433 - Financial and Time Series Econometrics (3)

Introduction to econometric methods used to analyze univariate and multivariate time series data. Topics covered may include modeling and forecasting financial and macroeconomic data such as asset returns and volatility. GDP growth rates and default risk. All methods and concepts will be applied to analyze real data using appropriate computer programs. Prerequisite: ECON 333 and ECON 305, with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with credit for ECON 484 under the title "Time Series Analysis" cannot take this course for further credit.

ECON 434 - Seminar in Applied Market Design (3)

Introduces students to market design. There is a strong emphasis on applications and empirical perspectives of market design. The objective of the course is to give students an understanding of the core concepts of market design and to illustrate how econometrics can be used to combine data with micro theory. Prerequisite: ECON 333 (or BUEC 333) and ECON 302, all with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for ECON 483 under the title Applied Market Design may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Xiaoting Sun
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
ECON 435 - Econometric Methods (5)

The application of econometric techniques to the empirical investigation of economic issues. Prerequisite: ECON 201 and ECON (or BUEC) 333, all with a minimum grade of C-. Entry into this course requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

ECON 436 - Seminar in Economics and Social Network Analysis (3)

Introduces students to the field of network economics. The goal is to understand social networks and their influence on economic outcomes. Topics will include how to measure and represent networks, six degrees of separation and small world properties in networks, network formation models, influence of network on economics outcomes such as diffusion of ideas. Prerequisite: ECON 302 or ECON 305, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for ECON 483 under the title Social and Economic Networks may not take this course for further credit.

ECON 480 - Seminar in the Economics of Labor Market Policy (3)

Seminar focusing on public policy as it relates to employment and income security. Special emphasis will vary from term to term, but may include such topics as examinations of current manpower, welfare and public insurance programs, labor legislation, and private institutional practices (such as union-management pension arrangements) that may affect income security. Prerequisite: ECON (or BUEC) 333 with a minimum grade of C-.

STAT 260 - Introductory R for Data Science (2) #

An introduction to the R programming language for data science. Exploring data: visualization, transformation and summaries. Data wrangling: reading, tidying, and data types. No prior computer programming experience required. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, ECON 233, or POL 201, with a grade of at least C- or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: STAT 261. Students who have taken STAT 341 or STAT 360 first may not then take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Haolun Shi
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
STAT 261 - Laboratory for Introductory R for Data Science (1) #

A hands-on application of the R programming language for data science. Using the R concepts covered in STAT 260, students will explore (visualize, transform, and summarize) and wrangle (read and tidy) data. No prior computer programming experience required. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, ECON 233, or POL 201, with a grade of at least C- or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: STAT 260. Students who have taken STAT 341 or STAT 360 first may not then take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Haolun Shi
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D200 Haolun Shi
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D300 Haolun Shi
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D400 Haolun Shi
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D500 Haolun Shi
Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D600 Haolun Shi
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D700 Haolun Shi
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
STAT 310 - Introduction to Data Science for the Social Sciences (2) *%

An introduction to modern tools and methods for data acquisition, management, visualization, and machine learning, capable of scaling to Big Data. No prior computer programming experience required. Examples will draw from the social sciences. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the statistics honours, major, or minor programs. Prerequisite: 60 units in subjects outside of the Faculties of Science and Applied Sciences and one of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, ECON 233, or POL 201, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: STAT 311. Students who have taken STAT 240, STAT 440, or any 200-level or higher CMPT course first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

STAT 311 - Data Science Laboratory for the Social Sciences (2) *%

A hands-on application of modern tools and methods for data acquisition, management, visualization, and machine learning, capable of scaling to Big Data. No prior computer programming experience required. Projects will draw from the social sciences and integrate application area insight into the analytic toolkit from STAT 310. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the statistics honours, major, or minor programs. Prerequisite: 60 units in subjects outside of the Faculties of Science and Applied Sciences and one of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, ECON 233, or POL 201, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: STAT 310. Students who have taken STAT 240, STAT 440, or any 200-level or higher CMPT course first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

STAT 342 - Introduction to Statistical Computing and Exploratory Data Analysis - SAS (2)

Introduces the SAS statistical package. Data management; reading, editing and storing statistical data; data exploration and representation; summarizing data with tables, graphs and other statistical tools; and data simulation. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or ECON 333, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for STAT 340 may not take STAT 342 for further credit.

STAT 445 - Applied Multivariate Analysis (3)

Introduction to principal components, cluster analysis, and other commonly used multivariate techniques. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or ECON 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Donald Estep
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
E101 Donald Estep
Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
E102 Donald Estep
Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
E103 Donald Estep
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
E104 Donald Estep
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
E105 Donald Estep
Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
STAT 452 - Statistical Learning and Prediction (3)

An introduction to the essential modern supervised and unsupervised statistical learning methods. Topics include review of linear regression, classification, statistical error measurement, flexible regression and classification methods, clustering and dimension reduction. Prerequisite: STAT 302 or STAT 305 or STAT 350 or ECON 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

STAT 475 - Applied Discrete Data Analysis (3) *

Introduction to standard methodology for analyzing categorical data including chi-squared tests for two- and multi-way contingency tables, logistic regression, and loglinear (Poisson) regression. Prerequisite: STAT 302 or STAT 305 or STAT 350 or ECON 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for the former STAT 402 or 602 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Thomas Loughin
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
AQ 3154, Burnaby
D101 Thomas Loughin
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D102 Thomas Loughin
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103 Thomas Loughin
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D104 Thomas Loughin
We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
STAT 485 - Applied Time Series Analysis (3) *

Introduction to linear time series analysis including moving average, autoregressive and ARIMA models, estimation, data analysis, forecasting errors and confidence intervals, conditional and unconditional models, and seasonal models. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or ECON 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This course may not be taken for further credit by students who have credit for ECON 484. Quantitative.

Other courses with appropriate content can be used for credit upon prior application to the advisor.

* Allows ECON 333 as prerequisite

% Corequisite courses STAT 310 and STAT 311 count as only one course.

# Corequisite courses STAT 260 and STAT 261 count as only one course.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 60 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division overall CGPA of at least 2.0, and program CGPA and upper division program CGPA of at least 2.0 on the course work used to satisfy the minimum program requirements. FASS departments may define additional GPA requirements for their respective programs.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.