Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Oregon State University is designed for students with an interest in finance, law, and business, who wish to gain the education necessary to pursue work in various areas or further their education at the graduate level. Delivered entirely online, this bachelor's program is offered through the Oregon State Department of Economics and available through the Ecampus platform, providing both flexibility and support for busy students. Students will use and hone critical thinking and communication skills in order to study the relationships between human behavior and economics. Graduates will be prepared for entry into a number of different fields, both in the public and private sectors. Career opportunities for those who earn this bachelor's degree include financial analysts, staff accountants, investment bankers, economists, securities traders, and loan officers.

There are three distinct options for those who wish to earn this degree. The first is the Traditional Major Option, which instills writing, communication, and critical thinking skills that can be broadly applied. The Managerial Economics Option is catered to students who wish to take business classes that will count towards the Economics major. The final Law, Economics, and Policy Option is designed for students with an interest in public service, public policy, and law.

Students enrolled in the Economics program at OSU will choose between a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree path, both of which require the completion of 60-upper division and 180 overall credits in order to graduate. Requirements are split into five areas: 51 credits in the Baccalaureate core, 3 of which come from a required Writing Intensive Course; 15-24 credits in for BA or BS requirements; 15 credits under the College of Liberal Arts core; and 51 credit hours specific to the Economics major. The remaining credits are devoted to electives.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have earned a high school diploma with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed 15 required courses. These required courses must be completed with at least a C- in each, and consist of 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, culminating at Algebra II or above, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, with at least one year each in two different sciences, and 2 years of a foreign language. Class rank, class size, academic rigor, and performance on the SAT or ACT are also weighed towards a student’s application.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has authorized the University to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and first professional degrees.


    Applicants must have earned a high school diploma with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and have completed 15 required courses at the high school level.

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    Steeped in environmental research and sustainability, Oregon State University uniquely retains designations as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant university. Founded in 1868, the public coeducational University is located in Corvallis, Oregon, on a 400 hundred acre campus that contains a historic district, with an added 11,250 acres of forested property. Students from every state and approximately one hundred countries enroll in OSU. 

    Oregon State University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, as well as certificates at all levels. OSU Online offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs fully online, as well as unique courses and programs for continuing education.


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